Looks as though Steve Mason will go under the knife to try and solve his problematic right knee, according to CSN Philadelphia:
After multiple MRIs — more than three — the Flyers and Mason have decided they will scope his right knee to find the source of pain and why it’s been locking up on him, a source told CSNPhilly.com.
Mason’s latest injury came Sunday at the bench during a timeout at the Flyers-Capitals game. The 26-year-old goalie went to bench to stretch, then his right knee buckled.
He left the game and did not return while backup Ray Emery picked up a 3-1 victory in relief.
This is the third time since Jan. 6 that Mason has injured his right knee.
Losing Mason for any significant length of time would be disastrous for the Flyers, who have inched back onto the brink of playoff contention — just nine points back of Boston — thanks to a 6-3-1 record over their last 10 games. Mason has been a big reason for the improved play; as Brough wrote in his recent praise piece, Mason’s .924 save percentage ranks 6th in the NHL and puts him ahead of the likes of Semyon Varlamov (.923), Henrik Lundqvist (.922), and last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, Tuukka Rask (.921).
With Mason sidelined and veteran Robb Zepp injured in AHL Lehigh Valley, the Flyers have recalled Anthony Stolarz — the 21-year-old will back up Ray Emery for the time being, beginning with Tuesday’s game in Montreal.
The Philadelphia Flyers earned a much needed 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals this afternoon, but a dark cloud hung over their accomplishment as starting goaltender Steve Mason left the game due to a lower-body injury.
After the contest, Flyers GM Ron Hextall confirmed that Mason wouldn’t be able to come with the team to Montreal for Tuesday’s game and he’d “be surprised” if the 26-year-old netminder played at all during Philadelphia’s upcoming three-game road trip. That being said, the full extent of Mason’s injury isn’t known.
To make matters worse, the man Philadelphia would have likely summoned from the AHL, Rob Zepp, is also hurt.
“We only have one other guy under contract, so you guys can probably figure that one out,” Hextall told reporters with a smile on his face. The man Hextall is referring to is Anthony Stolarz, who is 20 years old and has a 2.99 GAA and .912 save percentage in 21 contests as an AHL rookie. Hextall admitted that Stolarz probably isn’t ready to play in the NHL, but he’ll nevertheless back up Ray Emery, who has a 3.34 GAA and .886 save percentage in 21 games.
Unless of course Hextall wants to put on his pads.
“If I were 15 years younger I might try,” said the 50-year-old general manager.
This will be Mason’s third stint on the sidelines this season. He previously dealt with knee and back problems.
With a 23-22-8 record, Philadelphia is nine points shy of a playoff spot, although that might change depending on the outcome of Boston’s contest against Montreal tonight.
You can watch Hextall’s press conference below:
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.