The Flyers announced on Thursday goaltender Steve Mason will make his first start of the playoffs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Rangers on Friday night. Ray Emery will return to his role as the backup after starting the first three games of the series.
Mason, 25, went 33-18-7 with the Flyers posting a 2.50 GAA and a .917 SV% in the regular season. He is 4-1-1 in seven career games against the New York Rangers. Mason came into Game 3 in relief of Emery in the third period stopping all three shots fired his way. It was Mason's first work since his upper-body injury on April 12th.
Mason's injury happened in the second period of the Flyers' 4-3 overtime victory over the Penguins on April 12th. Pittsburgh forward Jayson Megna drove Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald hard into Mason. The 25-year-old netminder finished out the period but was replaced by Emery to start the third period.
Emery, 31, went 1-2 with a 3.49 GAA and a .888 SV% in the first three games of the series against the Rangers allowing 10 goals over that span.
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