Steve Mason allowed a terrible goal against the Washington Capitals, but it was hardly the first shocker for a Philadelphia Flyers goalie in the playoffs
For about 25 years now, there’s always been a circus around the Philadelphia Flyers goaltending situation. Mostly it traces back to the 90s, where the formidable teams led by Eric Lindros never had any certainty in net. Those teams had great forwards, but defined the term goalie carousel. Ron Hextall, Garth Snow, Sean Burke, John Vanbiesbrouck, Brian Boucher, and Roman Cechmanek all took turns on that carousel in the span of just a few years.
The Philadelphia Flyers of today are in a different position. Against the odds, Steve Mason came to town and resurrected his career. He has provided the Flyers with excellent goaltending during his time here. You put on the Flyers sweater, however, and crazy things seem inevitable.
That bad Flyers mojo caught up with Steve Mason Saturday night. Coming just moments after a spectacular save, Mason allowed one of the objectively worst goals I’ve ever seen.
There’s never a dull moment in the Flyers crease. Let’s take a look at a few highlights and lowlights Flyers goalies have accumulated since the days Ron Hextall prowled the crease.