Craig Berube met with the press about
an hour before Game 3 of the Flyers-Rangers playoff series.
This is the conversation:
Since Steve Mason is the backup
tonight, does that mean he is totally healthy?
“Ray (Emery) won Game 2. Ray's played
well. (Mason) is healthy. So we made a decision after practice. He's
going to back-up tonight.”
Was it a difficult decision?
“No, I don't think. It was the
decision I made.”
Does that mean you are game-to-game
at this point? If Emery keeps winning, will he keep starting?
That's it. He's playing tonight.”
Did Mason not play well enough down
the stretch to get his job back?
“That has nothing to do with it. He
was injured. And he's better. So he's going to back up tonight.”
Mason said Monday he wasn't going to
be ready. What changed?
“He's ready. And he feels like he
wants to get in there and be the backup. So we talked and made the
decision, and he's going to back up tonight.”
Did he have to get medical
Did he have to take a baseline test?
“No. I don't know anything about
How much of this was Mason's call to
get back in?
“It's always part of the players'
More this time than usual?
“No. I think that we sit down and
discuss it with the player.”
“After practice, I talked to the
media, went back in there, sat down with Mase and Razor. We all
thought it was a good idea.”
Have anything to do with practice
“(Mason) has practiced. I know he was
out there yesterday. There was a bunch of guys out there. He had some
good practice time yesterday. He had some good practice time in New
You’re comfortable with Mason, if
something happened to Emery?
“Yeah. That’s why he’s
backing up. I would never do that to a player.”
Switching gears, is Steve Downie
ruled out for whole series?
“You’ll have to talk to Paul
Holmgren about that.”
Difficult decision for head coach,
in regard to goaltenders?
“What do you mean, difficult? I
don’t think it’s difficult at all. I think Ray’s played well.
Ray just came off a big win. It’s not a difficult decision.”
Downie sits out last two games of
regular season. Was he being benched, ill, etc?
“A little bit of both. He made those
mistakes and, obviously, I was not happy. There’s other things,
Problems that led to his blanking
out on the ice?
“Is that what happened?”
Well, being absent-minded on
coverages. Maybe medical issues…
“I don’t know. I’m not going to