A trip out West was not bad at all for Steve Mason. Although the team came back with two wins in three games, the goalie played well enough to win them all.

A cross-country flight didn’t cool him off and an injury wasn’t stopping him. Mason stymied the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-1 win for the Flyers.

Mason has been the Flyers’ rock lately. He’s started six straight games, tying a season high.

It’s not like his teammates made life easy on them. They gave Colorado a power play only 53 seconds into the game. Sean Couturier had to slash Gabriel Landeskog’s stick out of his hand because he had a point-blank scoring chance.

Mason had all the answers on the power play and for most of the game’s remainder. Early in the third period, he went over to the bench to take what looked like a couple of aspirin. When the Flyers went up the ice, he went down on his left knee.

At one point, trainer Jim McCrossin came out to tend to Mason, but the goalie wouldn’t come out of the game. He kept shaking his leg and stoning the Avalanche when they threatened to score.

In the first period, Mason was tested often. The Flyers turned the puck over four times, three of them defensemen, but the goalie made saves on all 14 shots he was faced with.

At the other end of the ice, the Flyers had 12 opportunities, but were finding another hot goalie – Russian Olympian Semyon Varlamov. The Colorado goalkeeper made 32 saves on the night, but the Flyers did get to him eventually.

On a power play at 6:21 of the second period, defenseman Mark Streit found the back of the net when his slapshot went through the traffic of Steve Downie and behind Varlamov for his eighth goal of the year. It marked the eighth straight game in which the Flyers have had a power-play tally.