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Steve Mason reflects on Flyers debut

Apr 7, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

Steve Mason #35 of the Philadelphia Flyers prepares for a faceoff during third period in a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Philadelphia Flyers on April 6, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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When the Flyers decided to take a chance on goaltender Steve Mason, one of the many questions asked was if he could handle the pressure of playing in Philadelphia.

Maybe in the long run it was for the best that he got his Flyers debut out of the way in a relief appearance with his team already down by three goals on Saturday. He made the most of it, turning aside all nine shots he faced in the third period of Philadelphia’s 4-1 loss to Winnipeg.

“This definitely wasn’t the most pressure-filled situation,” Mason admitted in a CSN Philly report.

“My job was to just go in and close the door for the remaining 20 minutes. Obviously, this wasn’t the result we were looking for coming here [to Winnipeg].”

Mason won the Calder Trophy in 2008-09 with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but his career has fallen apart since then. Now he’s been given an entirely fresh start in a new conference.

“The Eastern Conference is a little bit different,” the 24-year-old netminder said. “The Western Conference is a lot more rush plays so for a goaltender it’s really managing rush speed.

“I tried to make things simple out there and overall it was pretty good. It’s something to build off of. Since the trade’s been down, I haven’t had a practice yet, so I’m looking forward to getting out there with the team and really starting to figure things out here.”

It’s not clear when Mason will get his first start with the Flyers, but Ilya Bryzgalov would probably benefit from a breather after playing in 36 of Philadelphia’s 38 contests.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Tuesday Night

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      5 pts back with 10 games to go until first round ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,fo shizzle !

  2. President Charles Logan - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    not really….. cause it’s too little too late

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Really……………you got a tired Bryz ! Tired + Bryz = 5 or more goals can’t have it !

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Pres. Chucky Lohan…Math genius.

      • drone501 - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        when the flyers gonna get a real goalie. stick a fork in em. get out the butter, they toast.

  3. isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I’d like to him get a shot now while it is still possible (while unlikely) that the flyers will get into the playoffs, like this article states, we won’t know anything until he plays under pressure

  4. jacketsfan7 - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I’d love to see mason excel his career in Philly just like Bobby’s doing in Columbus

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Yes wouldn’t that be ironic? Both guys had success their rookie years, then struggled. Bob has since found his game, obviously. Hopefully Mason can do the same. Like I said on another page, I was about as impressed as you can be with a 9-save performance yesterday. Mason was poised, in position, and didn’t allow any bad rebounds. I think it’s prudent to give him playing time to see if you can go into next season without Bryz.

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    The flyers with Bryz have been giving up a decent amount of goals, but without him we also give up 4.5 a game.

  6. mclovinhockey - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Bob is trained for a 40 game season. He was a KHL man. It’s why he usually struggles the 2nd half of a season.

  7. crazemastercraze - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    So he can’t hack a 82 game schedule, crashes after 41 and flyers management paid him more money than God for the next decade? Huh…..

    Guess that’s excuse # 5,102,565 coming out of flyers land today: He played in the KHL. WOW!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      What are you even talking about? I think you’re getting confused with mclovinhockey talking about BOBrovsky, not BRYZgalov. Not one person on here is making excuses for Bryz so take your Flyer bashing elsewhere jackass. Or atleast know what you’re talking about next time.

  8. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Well I hope Mason turns it around with the Flyers. Would be nice to have some stability in the blue paint. I feel like I’m asking for too much though haha.

  9. govtminion - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I hope he turns things around for himself… not a Flyers fan by any means, but I always like seeing someone struggle and then turn things around (Craig Anderson, for example). Best of luck to him.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      I would kill for a Craig Anderson type turnaround from Steve Mason. It’s about time the Flyers had some luck in net. It seems every move they’ve made since the death of Pelle Lindbergh has backfired.

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