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NHL roundup: Flyers goalie Mason eyes Game 2 start

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Jakub Voracek #93 of the Philadelphia Flyers is taken down in the crease by Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers during the first period in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Friday, April 18, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who missed the playoff opener Thursday in New York because of an upper-body injury, looked sharp and called it a “good step” after a one-hour practice Friday at Chelsea Piers.

Mason said it was his “goal” to start Game 2 on Sunday afternoon but wouldn't estimate his chances of playing.

When he first started practice, Mason was continually shaking his head and rotating his neck to get it loose. He settled in and stopped shot after shot fired by Chris VandeVelde, Jay Rosehill, and Erik Gustafsson, players who were healthy scratches in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

“It's my first time on the ice in a couple days, and it's a good step,” Mason said.

Ray Emery made 32 saves in Mason's absence Thursday. The game was tied 1-1 in the third period but changed when the Rangers scored twice during a double-minor, high-sticking penalty against young forward Jason Akeson.

• The NHL fined Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during St. Louis' triple-overtime 4-3 victory Thursday in Game 1 of a Western Conference first-round series. The incident happened midway through the second overtime period. After officials huddled denied the Blackhawks the opportunity for a 5-on-3 advantage. An excited Quenneville let his emotions get the better of him behind the Chicago bench. He yelled at the officials and grabbed his crotch to emphasize his point.

• Jonathan Quick realizes that even the NHL's best defensive team is powerless against a few bad bounces of the puck. The Kings and their star goalie calmly went back to work at home Friday after they were blitzed 6-3 by the Sharks in their playoff opener. That doesn't mean the defense-oriented Kings aren't a bit embarrassed after allowing six goals. “We knew they were going to come out hard at us, and we didn't do a very good job weathering the storm,” Kings defenseman Alec Martinez said.

— Wire reports



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