Flyers Notes: Mason's Rangers mastery to be tested

Goalie Steve Mason , blocking a shot, says, "The Rangers are pretty easy to get up for." LAURENCE KESTERSON / AP
Goalie Steve Mason , blocking a shot, says, "The Rangers are pretty easy to get up for." LAURENCE KESTERSON / AP
Posted: March 27, 2014

Goalie Steve Mason has never lost in regulation to the New York Rangers, and the Flyers hope that streak continues when the teams meet in a second-place showdown Wednesday in Madison Square Garden.

"It's exciting being part of the playoff push; it's been a while for myself," Mason said after Tuesday's practice in Voorhees.

Mason, 25, has not been in the playoffs since his rookie-of-the-year season with Columbus in 2008-09. He said the "meaningful games we're having right now are what makes hockey fun. We've put ourselves in a good spot, but you can't be taking games off like we did [Monday]. You have to keep pushing forward."

The Flyers dropped a 3-2 decision Monday to Los Angeles. Mason did not play in that game, but he will return to the nets for Wednesday's key matchup.

In his career against New York, Mason is 4-0-1 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .932 save percentage, including 2-1 and 4-2 wins this season.

"The Rangers are pretty easy to get up for," he said.

On Wednesday, he will square off against Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers' gifted goalie.

"You realize you have to be that much better just because you know he's going to bring his best effort every single night," Mason said.

Breakaways

Steve Downie did not practice, and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren did not respond to a text asking if the winger's upper-body injury was another concussion. Coach Craig Berube said he wants to get Downie's replacement, Tye McGinn, more ice time than he received (7 minutes, 52 seconds) on Monday. . . . The Flyers' road power play (25.8 percent success rate) is No. 1 in the NHL.

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