If you want an answer to who the starting goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers is going to be next season, you’re certainly not going to find it here. If you woke up general manager Paul Holmgren or head coach Peter Laviolette in the middle of the night, you probably would be wasting your time there as well. But the fact of the matter is, newcomer Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets showed Tuesday night against the New York Rangers that he’s at least got the skill, ice awareness and ability to make 2013-14 much more successful than the lockout-shortened 2013 season. Ilya Bryzgalov got the start Thursday versus the New Jersey Devils – he needed a break anyway – but Mason’s showing Tuesday had to have gotten into the heads of every member of the Flyers’ front office. Mason made 38 saves, the most since he had 39 against Carolina more than a year ago. He also became the first of three backups to Bryzgalov to pick up a win for the Flyers this season. Michael Leighton went 0-1, while Brian Boucher tallied a pair of losses. In four appearances this season, prior to Thursday’s game, Mason had a save percentage of .941 and a goals-against average of 1.82. “I don’t have a lot of track record of him being in the Western Conference,” Laviolette said of Mason following Tuesday’s game. “Certainly, you see him play, but I think you always see more. Right now, I think he’s in control of the net. He has a good glove. He seems to be seeing the puck really well. Rebounds are going off to the side or not at all.” Another perk to having Mason in town is that, like most players that don the Orange and Black, he wants to be here.
Steve Mason showed he has what it takes to be Flyers' starting goaltender
Newark Star-Ledger | Apr 20