Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason is hurt.
The oft-injured netminder started the matinee game against Washington, and would not finish it; playing only 31:17 before leaving the game.
During the TV timeout, Mason skated to the Flyers’ bench to get out of the way of the ice shovelers. As he’s stretching, he appears to pull something … maybe?
Not too long afterwards, the Flyers confirmed what we all already knew:
Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced to the media following the second period of the Flyers-Capitals game that goaltender Steve Mason has a lower-body injury and will not return to the game.
I guess we should be used to this by now. Frank Seravalli details Mason’s injury history this season alone:
Mason missed four straight games from Dec. 20-29 and then another six games from Jan. 12-20 with what he later revealed as a right knee injury. Even after not practicing during the All-Star break, Mason was back in net when the Flyers returned to action on Jan. 27 … Mason did say on Jan. 27 that more “drastic measures” were considered with the team’s medical staff about his knee issue, hinting that surgery was a possibility.
Ray Emery replaced Mason and was greeted by the Caps with a 5-on-3 disadvantage a few minutes after getting on the ice. Alex Ovechkin sent a power play goal past him, but that would be all Washington would score. Emery and the Flyers held on for a 3-1 win.
Those hoping for a Rob Zepp call up will have to wait. The goaltender was injured in Saturday’s game for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
More details to follow … or not. These are the Flyers, you know.
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