The Philadelphia Flyers were starting to look like a team that might claw their way back into the playoff picture after going 5-1-1 in their last seven games. However, their comeback potential came into serious question this afternoon the moment goaltender Steve Mason limped towards the tunnel.
He appeared to suffer the ailment while stretching during a pause in play, as you can see below:
Philadelphia has called it a lower-body injury and confirmed that Mason won’t return before the end of the contest. Mason has already spent two stints on the sidelines this season due to back and knee problems.
In the past Rob Zepp has been called up to help fill the void, but that might not be an option this time as the 33-year-old goaltender was hurt on Saturday, per the Philadelphia Daily News. The Flyers might instead turn to Anthony Stolarz, although the 20-year-old has no NHL experience and only has 21 AHL contests under his belt.
Ray Emery, who has a 3.38 GAA and .887 save percentage in 20 games in 2014-15, entered Sunday’s game against Washington in relief of Mason. He surrendered a goal to Alex Ovechkin shortly after entering the contest.