Steve Mason led the Philadelphia Flyers in a much-needed victory last night against the Florida Panthers. The win against the Panthers helped the Flyers clinch a playoff berth. Mason stopped 38 shots in the 5-2 win, but also tied his career high in wins with 33 for the season.
Mason has been a bright spot for the Flyers since the beginning of the season. Despite a lack of offense, Mason was able to keep games close and earn wins. Now that the Flyers are headed to the playoffs, Mason will have to remain focused and stay on his A game. With the last three games approaching, I can see head coach Craig Berube starting Mason 2 more times and giving Ray Emery one more start.
Mason, who received the Calder Trophy for being rookie of the year as a Columbus Blue Jacket, has changed his game since being picked up by the Flyers last year. In spite of his promising start, Mason had a troubling career with the Blue Jackets, which prompted his trade to the Flyers in exchange for Michael Leighton.
For his sensational play earlier in the season, Mason was rewarded with a three-year contract extension. Mason has boasted great numbers this season for the Flyers with 33 wins, 18 losses with a .917 save percentage, and 2.51 goals against average. All that is left for the Flyers is figuring out who they will face in the playoffs. This will be Mason’s first time going to the playoffs since his 2008-2009 season with Columbus. The Flyers will be looking for Mason to produce strong goaltending in their quest to obtain The Stanley Cup.
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