Flyers goalie Steve Mason one step closer to return

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) makes a save on St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander...

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) makes a save on St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) during the first period at Wells Fargo Center on Mar 22, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA, USA. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:49 PM ET

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Steve Mason has taken the next step toward returning to the crease for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Mason, who missed Game 1 of his club’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with an undisclosed upper-body injury, was on the ice at Chelsea Piers on Friday and might be ready to suit up Sunday against the New York Rangers.

“I’ll try my best,” said Mason. “Like I said, things have been getting better each day and we still have a couple of days before Sunday rolls around, so that’s definitely my goal.

“I’ll know exactly when I’m ready to go physically, but it’s also management and the doctors’ decision as well.”

The goaltending of Ray Emery (32 saves) was the least of the Flyers’ concerns in Game 1, though Mason expressed his frustration over being sidelined for the series opener Thursday.


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