The only bright spot on the Flyers right now is goaltender Steve Mason. In fact this is the first time in quite a while you could point to the Flyers and make the statement that while everything else might be up for grabs there is no issue in goal. Mason has a 2.37 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. He’s given the Flyers a chance in every game he’s played and deserves better than a 1-5 record. “He’s been everything to us this year” Wayne Simmonds said. “He’s standing on his head every single game keeping us in the game making every single save he can make and it sucks for him because we’re not supporting him on the other end.” Six times the Flyers have gone into the third period trailing by a goal. That means the game was right there for the taking. In four of those games Mason has been the goaltender. In each case the Flyers lost and another solid effort was wasted. Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh was yet another example. Mason is no stranger to poor records though he never expected this kind of thing in Philadelphia. “We went a few years in Columbus with a lot of down times” he said. “A lot of losing went on. When the losses pile up early in the season it’s easy to let that affect you. But the group of guys we have here I’m confident we’ll find a solution sooner rather than later.” Mason simply has no goal support especially in third periods when the Flyers have been tattooed 12-2 in scoring. “When you’re only scoring one goal a game it is tough to win hockey games and it puts pressure on us when we are in a defensive zone” Mason said. “We are going to have to start creating offensive chances in order to begin digging ourselves out of this hole that we’re in.” He continued to say he feels “confident” in the net. He should. He looks the part.
Mason 'everything' for Flyers so far this season
CSN Philly | Oct 19