Backup goaltender Cal Heeter was sent down earlier on Saturday making those close to the team optimistic Mason would start or, at the very least, be available for the game. Heeter was recalled Saturday afternoon and will travel to New York to serve as the team’s backup goaltender against Rangers.
Emery started Game 1 and kept the Flyers in the game for two periods even after it was quite apparent the Rangers were outplaying the Flyers. The 31-year-old goaltender allowed four goals on 36 shots but really never stood a chance on three of the four goals and, even on the goal he had a chance on, Emery still made a good play but got beat.
Mason had hoped to get back in time for Game 2 but is still injured according to the team.
The problem on Thursday night was not the goaltending so Emery starting again on Sunday shouldn’t put a damper on anything.