The Philadelphia Flyers get a boost between the pipes on Friday.
The team announced today goaltender Steve Mason is healthy and will start Game 4 on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. Ray Emery, who started the first three games of the series for Philadelphia, will be the backup for Mason.
Mason, 25, was injured on April 12th against the Pittsburgh Penguins when Penguins forward Jayson Megna crashed the net and slammed Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald into Mason. Mason finished out the period but did not return to the game due to an “upper-body injury.” He was out for the season finale the following day and the first three games of the series with the Rangers until his late third-period entrance in Game 3 in relief of Emery.
Following the loss in Game 3, Mason was asked if he felt healthy enough to go in Game 4. He responded simply saying, “Yep.”
The 25-year-old played well in his first full season in Philadelphia going 33-18-7 with a 2.50 GAA and a .917 SV% while tying a career-high in wins. He played well enough to earn a three-year, $12.1 million contract extension in January.
The puck is slated to drop Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:00 pm.