Goalie nods: Flyers keep rolling with Zepp


All the latest from the blue paint…

Zepp gets second straight

Undefeated through the first two starts of his NHL career, Rob Zepp will get a shot to go three-for-three tonight when the Flyers take on the Capitals in Washington.

Zepp, 33, made his big-league debut in December and was recalled to Philly last week following an injury to No. 1 netminder Steve Mason. The Flyers opted to give Zepp the start over Ray Emery for Monday’s 7-3 win over Tampa Bay, and the veteran responded with 24 saves.

For the Capitals, Braden Holtby will be in goal.


Habs at Jackets: Carey Price vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Leafs at Ducks: Frederik Andersen likely for Anaheim, no word yet on a Toronto starter.

Devils at Kings: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Martin Jones likely for L.A.

Pastrnak scores twice leading the Bruins over the Flyers


Rookie David Pastrnak scored the first two goals of his young career leading the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon.

Pastrnak’s second of the game stood to be the game winner.

Chris Kelly had the other Bruins goal while Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for the win. Boston has now won three straight for the first time since mid-November (Nov. 15-21).

Claude Giroux had the lone Flyers goal. With his assist on Giroux’s 14th of the season, Jakub Voracek now has 50 points in 42 games.

With the loss, Philadelphia drops to 2-1-0 on its’ four-game home stand, which concludes Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Steve Mason started the game and made five saves, but was replaced by Ray Emery before the midway mark of the first period after suffering a lower body injury.

Emery made 10 saves in the loss.

Video: Flyers’ Mason leaves with apparent leg injury (Updated)


Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason left this afternoon’s game against the Boston Bruins with 12:53 remaining in the first period.

Mason made a routine save on Bruins’ forward Craig Cunningham and then collapsed favoring his right leg.

Update: The team is calling it a lower body injury.

Mason underwent an MRI for an undisclosed injury earlier in the week.

The 26-year-old is 8-12-6 this season with a 2.48 G.A.A. and a .919 save percentage.

Ray Emery has come on in relief of Mason.

Mason missed four games last month with a back injury.

Mason exits Flyers practice, will undergo MRI


More injury concerns for Philly goalie Steve Mason, per the Courier-Post — the 26-year-old left Wednesday’s practice with an undisclosed injury and will undergo an MRI this afternoon.

“I took two shots with Reeser [goalie coach Jeff Reese],” Mason said. “It had been bothering me since the end of last game [vs. Ottawa, Tuesday].

“Didn’t feel good, so I’m gonna get it checked out.”

The big concern, obviously, is that Mason has re-aggravated the back ailment that forced him to miss four games in December. He wouldn’t say if that was the injury or not, but did say that “any time you need an MRI, there’s cause for concern.”

Mason is 7-12-6 on the year for Philly, with a 2.50 GAA and .919 save percentage. If he’s out, Ray Emery will slide into the starting gig while Robb Zepp would likely be recalled from AHL Lehigh Valley.

Goalie nods: Halak, Mason return from injury


All the latest from the crease…

Halak back for Isles

After missing the last two games with a lower-body injury, Jaroslav Halak will be back in goal when the Isles take on the Caps tonight.

Halak, who last played in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay on Dec. 20, watched as his teammates lost both games in his absence — Chad Johnson was in for a 3-1 defeat to Montreal, then Kevin Poulin was on the hook for a 4-3 shootout loss to Buffalo.

New York will be pleased to see Halak return. He’s been very good this year, posting an 18-6-0 record with a 2.24 GAA and .919 save percentage, with three shutouts.

For the Caps, Braden Holtby will be in goal.

Mason returns for Flyers

Steve Mason will be back in goal for Philadelphia this evening when the Flyers take on the Coyotes in Arizona.

The Flyers fared quite well without Mason, who’s missed the last four games with a back injury. They went 3-1-0 in his absence, with Ray Emery recording a pair of wins and 33-year-old Rob Zepp getting a victory in his first-ever NHL contest.

That said, Philly will be glad to see Mason return. He’s been very good this season; despite his 6-10-5 record, he’s managed to post a .921 save percentage and 2.49 GAA.

For the Coyotes, Devan Dubnyk will be in goal.


Red Wings at Bruins: Jimmy Howard vs. Tuukka Rask

Pens at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Habs at ‘Canes: Carey Price vs. Cam Ward

Sabres at Sens: Jhonas Enroth vs. Craig Anderson

Leafs at Bolts: James Reimer vs. Ben Bishop

Wild at Jets: Darcy Kuemper likely for Minnesota, Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg (read more here.)

Avs at Blues: Semyon Varlamov vs. Martin Brodeur (read more here.)

Preds at ‘Hawks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, no word yet on a Nashville starter.

Rangers at Stars: Henrik Lundqvist for New York, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Kings at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.