The month of January has been nothing short of an unexpected reversal for Flyers goalie Steve Mason. Saturday’s 6-1 beating at the hands of the Boston Bruins represented the third time this month he was pulled -- second over his last three starts. Trending right now: Mason’s goals against is going up, while his save percentage is plummeting. For the month, he is 3-4-1 with one no decision while carrying a 3.60 GAA and .873 save percentage. “We’re playing a team game and everyone has to get better,” coach Craig Berube said. “It’s confidence [with Mason]. There are parts of his game, like our team, that look really good. Things go wrong or something happens, the confidence level drops.” Break Mason’s starts down further, in his last six games, his GAA is 4.57 with an .846 save percentage Mind you, his save percentage was .928 in October, .938 in November and .899 in December. “There’s been a couple of bad bounces and couple goals I would have liked to have stopped," Mason said. “Just getting back to making the saves I need to. I’ve been working hard to find a solution. “The only way I am going to get out of this little funk is to continue to work hard and get ready for the next game.” Saturday’s loss wasn’t entirely on him, but he failed to come up with the kind of momentum saves that could have stopped the hemorrhaging we’ve come to expect from him. His rebound control hasn't been very good lately and he’s leaving more of them in the slot instead of turning shots to the corner. Any one aspect of his play need correcting? “I’m disappointed in not being able to play well enough to get the wins now,” Mason replied. “I’d like to improve everything. When you are not having success, it’s easy to overthink things. “I try not to do that and stay calm and make sure when we have the opportunity to practice, I try to get better. “Unfortunately, we haven’t had a lot of that [practice] time. You get out there and make sure come next game you are ready to go.” The Bruins game was part of the Flyers most difficult stretch of games heading into the Olympic break over the next several weeks.
Slumping Mason disappointed in recent play
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