Chris Mason suffered an MCL sprain of his right knee minutes into Saturday’s game against Dallas. The goaltender said surgery does not appear to be necessary but there is no timetable for his return. He was placed on injured reserve on Monday as the team re-called Peter Mannino from AHL Chicago to back up Ondrej Pavelec.
Mason was injured when Chris Thorburn slid into him while trying to block a shot. He tried to play a few more minutes but yielded to Pavelec.
“I felt kind of weird and I got up,” Mason said. “I knew something was kind of wrong. I have never injured myself during a game before. I got up and was a little bit in denial that it was hurt. I tried to go for a few more minutes. I just knew I couldn’t do it. It was tough going to the one side.”
Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay called Mason “courageous” following the game for continuing to play.
Mason said the knee was quite sore on Sunday but felt better on Monday. He said he was told that if he was going to injure his knee, he did so in the best place.
“Any time you get hurt like that it sucks,” Mason said. “It is what it is.”
Mannino was up earlier in the year, as Mason’s backup, when Pavelec was out with a concussion after fainting in the season opener. He appeared in relief of Mason in one game, stopping 15-of-16 shots against Tampa Bay.