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Mason skates, will practice with teammates on Saturday

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 2:02 PM ET / News
By Adam Kimelman  - NHL.com
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Mason skates, will practice with teammates on Saturday
Mason skates, intends to have full practice with teammates on Saturday

NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason was on the ice with teammates at an optional practice Friday, but his availability for Game 2 of the Flyers' Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers on Sunday (Noon ET, NBC, TSN) remains unknown.

Mason has not played since sustaining an upper-body injury Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and his hour-long session Friday was the first time he skated with teammates since Tuesday.

"Felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple days," Mason said. "It was a good step."

Mason worked at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers with teammates Chris VandeVelde, Erik Gustafsson and Jay Rosehill, along with backup goalie Calvin Heeter and goalie coach Jeff Reese.

While the skaters went through a few drills of their own with assistant coach Ian Laperriere, the practice mostly was set up for Mason to continue working his way back from injury.

"I felt great movement-wise," Mason said. "Doing a lot off goalie-oriented stuff out there, so it was a pretty controlled setting. ... We were doing skating drills, but also tracking [pucks]. Did a lot of outside shots. Feel-good goalie stuff more than anything. Not really a practice for the skaters out there."

Mason said he expects to practice with the team Saturday and a decision could be made on whether he plays Sunday or not at that point.

"Health is the most important thing," coach Craig Berube said during a conference call while Mason practiced. "I'll talk to him [Friday] and see how he feels and see how things look. I'll talk to Jeff Reese and we'll go from there."

Mason joined the Flyers in time to take in their first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in person, but said it wasn't easy to watch. After tying his career high with 33 wins in the regular season, he was looking forward to his first playoff game since 2009.

In Mason's absence, Ray Emery allowed four goals on 36 shots in the Flyers' 4-1 loss.

"It was very frustrating," Mason said. "This is a time you worked all season to get to, to see the team go out there in a playoff atmosphere in Madison Square Garden, where the stakes are so high. It's something you don't want to be sitting out and watching. So it was difficult, especially since the result ... I think everybody expects a much better game on Sunday. I don't think anybody was happy with how the team played."

Mason said he expected to meet with doctors at least one more time prior to knowing if he could play Sunday, but wouldn't comment when asked what he thought his chances were.

"I'll know exactly when I'm ready to go physically, but there's also management and doctors decision as well," he said.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
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13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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