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Mason leaves game at Pittsburgh

Timonen, Grossmann out; Gustafsson, Gill in vs. Pens

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 2:26 PM ET / News
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Mason leaves game at Pittsburgh
Timonen-Grossmann out vs. Pens; Mason leaves game at Pittsburgh

UPDATED: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced after the second period that goaltender Steve Mason would not return to the Flyers-Penguins game due to an upper-body injury.

Ray Emery started the third period in place of Mason, who stopped 21 of 22 shots through 40 minutes.

Mason stayed on the ice for several minutes and was tended to by trainer Jim McCrossin, following a collision involving Penguins forward Jayson Megna who pushed Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald into Mason near the end of the second period.

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Prior to face off, the Flyers announced that defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Nicklas Grossmann will both be out of the line-up at Pittsburgh.

Inserted in the line-up will be Erik Gustafsson and Hal Gill.

Gill will see his first action since Dec. 21 at Columbus, a span of 44 games and 112 days.

Gill has played in four regular season games this year, going scoreless while averaging over 13 minutes of ice-time per-game (13:10).

He is the Flyers' 2014 nominee for the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as selected by the Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The award is given annually “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

Timonen misses his first game since Apr. 1 at St. Louis, and fifth game this season. He ranks second among Flyers defensemen in scoring with 33 points (5g-28a) in 76 games.

Grossmann misses his second straight game and third overall this season. He leads the Flyers with 174 blocks and has posted 13 assists and 14 points in 78 games.

With playoff positioning on the line today, the Flyers could secure the third seed in the Metropolitan Division and face off against the Rangers in the First Round with a win in regulation or overtime.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
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15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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