Steve Mason will make his first postseason start of the season on Friday when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers for Game 4 of their quarterfinal matchup. The Flyers currently trail in the series, 2-1.
According to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, Flyers head coach Craig Berube confirmed today that Steve Mason will get his first start of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs after missing time to recover from an injury he sustained on April 12 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
History doesn't give much support to the goalie change, as Mason has yet to earn a win in any of his four career starts in the postseason, but it's the move Berube was forced to make after Ray Emery gave up 10 goals to the Rangers on his way to a 1-2 record and a disappointing 3.49 goals against average.
After giving up four goals in Game 3, Emery got the hook with seven minutes left, allowing Mason to make his first appearance of the series where he turned aside all three shots he faced.
In 61 regular season games with the Flyers in 2013-2014, Mason registered a .917 save percentage, a 2.50 goals against average, four shutouts, and one three-year contract extension worth $12.3 million.
Game 4 will take place tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on CNBC.