Mason: “I’ll Try My Best” to Play Sunday
Steve Mason practiced today at the Chelsea Piers in New York City.
A day after the Flyers lost 4-1 to the Rangers in Game 1, Mason was on the ice in hopes to play in Game 2. When asked if he would be ready, he told reporters, “I’ll try my best.”
Mason's willingness to play in Game 2 isn't a reflection of how Ray Emery played in Game 1. With the Flyers out-shot 36-15 in the game, Emery's 32 saves were a testament to how well he played in spite of poor showing by the Flyers and a poorly-timed double minor by a rookie.
"I think for myself, watching Ray last night, I think he played a great game so that kind of eases the feel of urgency in a sense because he was so strong," Mason said.
"We’re just going to take this day by day and if I’m ready to go, then I’m ready to go. If not, Ray was definitely not the reason we came out on the losing end."
Mason has been out with an upper body injury after he was run into by Pittsburgh's Jayson Megna on Saturday. Adirondack goalie Cal Heeter made the start on Sunday, the last game of the season and dressed as Emery's backup on Thursday.
When asked on his chances or if he feels he is healthy enough to play on Sunday, Mason didn't want to answer.
Mason also wouldn't confess to having a concussion, but did hit at neck stiffness and soreness the past couple days. He did, however, say that the stiffness isn't concerning enough if he were to play.
Mason isn't sure if he has to meet with doctors again before Sunday, but he believes he may. He also said he will be practicing tomorrow with the team.
As for Sunday, if he's ready to go, Mason is excited to be making his first playoff start since his rookie season in 2008-09.
“Especially 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," Mason said.
"So 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."