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Photo Gallery: Steve Mason all but stood on his head in Flyers’ shootout win

Dec 1, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

Steve Mason continues to make the Philadelphia Flyers relevant. In the box score, it was another ho-hum 34-save night that carried the orange and black to a 3-2 shootout victory in Nashville on Saturday, but as you can see from these photos, the effort was far from routine.

Mason kicks, pokes, swats, dives and sprawls to make one incredible stop after another, including on all three of the Predators’ shootout attempts. AP photographer Mark Humphrey got some outstanding shots of the acrobatics.

The Flyers’ number one goaltender has only allowed more than two goals in a game once over his past nine starts for a 6-1-2 record, blocking in excess of 30 shots in five of those. He hasn’t surrendered more than three markers in an appearance yet this season.

Not surprisingly, Mason is steadily climbing the NHL leaderboards as a result. The 25-year-old is up to 11th with a 2.09 goals against average, and he’s cracked the top 10 in save percentage, up to eight with a .934.

Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier scored Philadelphia’s goals in regulation, while Vinny Lecavalier put the Preds away in the shootout. The Flyers’ offense continues to languish toward the bottom of the league, their 2.15 goals per game good for 27th.

Mason is holding down the fort for now though—not to mention building his case for a contract extension. The Flyers are just a couple of points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference thanks in large part to his stellar play between the pipes.

Although he wasn’t one of this contest’s three stars.

>> Mason carries Flyers to shootout win over Preds [CSN]
>> Box Score [Yahoo!]

  1. psudrozz - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    i’d say ron hextall is having the proper influence on this organization.

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    • BenE. - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      If you’re serious, I don’t think Ron Hextall has anything to do with this. The Flyers are getting great goaltending because Mason is a former Calder winner who had to fight for a starting job. Emery is a true battler who worked his ass off to go 17-1 with a sub-2 GAA a couple seasons after he had hip surgery that was supposed to ruin his NHL career.

      Just goes to show what kind of support you can get in goal by hiring a pair of guys who know nothing is guaranteed in this league.

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  2. Igantz - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Seriously though. How great does it feel to have solid starting goaltender again? A solid tandem really.

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  3. docdeath20 - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I can just imagine the moron sports writer and talk shows the day after Mason has a clunker. It will read Mason isn’t the guy switch to Emery Blah Blah just like the Nick Foles clunker against the Cowgirl’s, all the idiot sports A$$ HOLES said Vick VicK Vick. Mason is a beast and was before we picked him up, this team is horrible they turn the puck over all the time Kimmo, Scheen SUCK!!! and Mason continues to save their bacon in all the games he plays. I think he hasn’t let in [3] or more goals all season and playing behind the horrible D-Men on this team is amazing. Not a Homer Simpson fan but bringing Mason here and resigning Emery where solid moves, the rest of his moves STINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now they need to move Hartless, Kimmo, and Luke Scheen and bring up Oliver L and Sean morin from where ever he is playing and Scott L we need youth period. It ain’t like this team can compete for Lord Stanley.

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    • FlyersFan - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      I agree with your assessment that Kimmo sucks. If, however, you’re talking about Luke Schenn you need to put down the crack pipe. Luke was awesome last night and has been consistently good the whole year despite the moronic benching by Berube earlier in the year.

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      • mykhuis - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        Schenn had a horrible start to the season, hence his benching. He is bouncing back nicely, though. He has definitely been much better of late.

        Timonen ain’t going anywhere unless it’s clear that the Flyers are going to miss the playoffs. In event of that, they’ll probably trade him to a contender so he can have one last shot.

        Why the hell would you rush Scott Laughton and Samuel Morin at this point? Laughton looks like he’s going to be good for sure. but Morin is probably at least four years away from even having a crack at making this team. Robert Hagg is likely closer.

      • FlyersFan - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        @mykhuis

        Luke Schenn did not have a horrible start to the season. He started with Timonen who he was paired with last year. Kimmo was noticeably slower and it affected the pairing. They got exposed and Luke took the blame. Take a look at any Flyers fans forums and you will see everyone blaming Timonen not Luke.

        After 3 games, Luke was put back in and paired with Gus and they have been great together. Luke has gone +5 since the benching and has been on the ice for only 1 ES goal against in 8 games. Yes, you read that correctly, 1 ES goal against in the last 8 games.

        To show how unfairly he was singled out by Berube (a real moron), his worst game this year was a -2. Coburn has 2 games of -2 and one where he was -3 and was never benched.

  4. Matt S. - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Jaw dropping save on Hendricks in the shootout. Give Homer shit all you want about the Bobrovsky trade but picking up Mason for a bag of pucks is looking more and more like one of the better trades in recent memory.

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    • mykhuis - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      I would rather they kept Bob around and given him a chance to develop instead of burying him behind Bryzgalov’s awful contract and not giving him a chance to play. But consider the following:

      1. Bob was an undrafted free agent.
      2. Bob turned in league-average goaltending during his tenure with the Flyers.
      3. Homer took an undrafted, league-average goalie and turned him into two draft picks, one of which was used to select the Flyers’ possible goalie of the future, Anthony Stolarz.

      Say all you want about Bob winning the Vezina in a lockout-shortened season, but that was good asset management by Holmgren.

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  5. FlyersFan - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Great win last night vs. a depleted Nashville team. Mason, Couturier, and Luke Schenn with monster games. Still concerned with our top 6 scoring 5 vs 5.

    Pretty clear we could use a sniper.

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  6. erzug - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Mason credits goalie coach Jeff Reese for much of his success. He said that Reese calmed him down as far as unnecessary movement in front of the net. In essence, having Mason simplify the position – less overreaction.

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