PST: Mason's confidence hindered by injury?

PST: Mason's confidence hindered by injury?
April 24, 2014, 8:00 am
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FLYERS-RANGERS SCHEDULE

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Flyers vs. Rangers
(Rangers lead series, 2-1)

Game 1 at NYR: 4-1 Rangers
Game 2 at NYR: 4-2 Flyers
Game 3 at PHI: 4-1 Rangers
Game 4 at PHI: Fri., April 25, 7 p.m., CSN
Game 5 at NYR: Sun., April 27, 12 p.m., NBC
*Game 6 at PHI: Tues., April 29, TBA, CSN
*Game 7 at NYR: Wed., April 30, TBA, CSN

*If necessary

Steve Mason got his first NHL action since April 12 when he was called upon to play the final 7:15 of the Flyers' 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Mason, who was previously sidelined with an upper-body injury, woke up Wednesday with no physical limitations and practiced with the Flyers' coaching staff and a handful of players.

So it's safe to say Mason will start Game 4 for the Flyers, right? Not so fast.

Mason still doesn't know for sure whether he'll be between the pipes, or if Ray Emery will start a third consecutive game.

“I have no expectations,” Mason said (see story). “If Chief (coach Craig Berube) says I’m in, then I’ll be ready.”

Berube has yet to make a decision on which goaltender he'll start on Friday. If your No. 1 goalie is healthy, what's the holdup?

Former Flyers goalie Brian Boucher was a guest on Philly Sports Talk Wednesday and weighed in on the topic.

"Anytime you have an injury, you're not yourself," Boucher said. "You may start to doubt your abilities to a certain degree. I think you gotta get out there, get back into the flow of things, and once you test it, whatever the injury is, then you'll start to feel yourself again."

Boucher went on to say that a lack of confidence should not be an issue for Mason, who finished the regular season 33-18-7 with a .917 save percentage.

"He should be confident in his abilities," Boucher said. "He had a great season. He's had a great track record so far in the NHL. The next hurdle for him is having to prove it in the postseason."

You can hear more from Boucher in the video above.

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