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Flyers goaltender Steve Mason is cautiously optimistic about his injury

Steve Mason hopes to be ready for Game 2.
Steve Mason hopes to be ready for Game 2.
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Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason is on the road to recovery. How long that road is remains to be seen.

The 25-year-old netminder practiced on Friday while the rest of the team was given the day off. Mason, who was injured last Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, is trying to get back into the Flyers lineup for Sunday’s Game 2 but that will only happen if he is healthy.

“I’ll try my best,” Mason said about trying to get back in time for Game 2. “I’ll know exactly when I’m ready to go physically, but it’s also management and doctors’ decision as well.

“We still have a couple days before Sunday rolls around, so that’s definitely my goal.”

As for his injury, Mason won’t comment on what it is.

“Are you saying that I have a concussion?” Mason asked when he was asked how many concussions he has had in his career. He reluctantly answered that he has had two concussions but provided no information on whether he suffered his third on Saturday.

The Flyers goaltender is excited about the opportunity to potentially step in and play on Sunday. “Getting into Sunday’s game potentially and then going back to the Wells Fargo Center where by all accounts is probably one of the best playoff atmospheres in the league,” said Mason of what he is excited about.

“That’s something as a player, you look forward to. I know the guys in the dressing room are looking forward to winning on Sunday and getting back home and going from there.”

As for now, he is taking it day by day. What’s the plan for Mason when the team has a full practice on Saturday?

“I’ll be practicing.”

Music to the ears of the orange and black faithful.