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Mason gets first Flyers start tonight versus Isles

Apr 9, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

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Steve Mason will make his first start for the Philadelphia Flyers tonight on Long Island, according to CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio.

Mason — acquired from Columbus at the trade deadline — stopped all nine shots he faced on Saturday in Winnipeg after Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled. The goalie switch came too late, however, as the Jets beat the Flyers, 4-1, handing Philadelphia’s already-slim playoff hopes a blow.

After a strong January, Bryzgalov’s save percentage has fallen all the way to .896. And the fact he’s not starting such an important game, despite having two days to rest up, says something.

Mason was a less-than-impressive 3-6-1 with a .899 save percentage for the Blue Jackets this season, but the 24-year-old is hoping a change of scenery will do him good. If he plays well down the stretch, expect the Brygalov buyout chatter to increase.

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  1. mj1818 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    This is ugly. I think they should consider selling them to a an owner that want to move them to Toronto or Seattle.

    • DonkeyStick - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      What are you talking about?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      idk if this is a joke but it’s is one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve seen on here. One bad season in Philly and they should move the team? I bet you thought Montreal should have moved to Seattle after last season too.

      • DonkeyStick - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Oh dumb me, I gave the benifit of doubt and thought he commented on the wrong article!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      About 4 hrs from now PHT headline will be MASON Gets First Win as a FLYER ! Swwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet !

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        …and four hours later…the Flyers lose to the Isles 4-1

  2. hy3rid28 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    there should be no buyout chatter about bryz that should be a done deal. no way you can pay a goalie 5.7 mil a year with the way he has played the last two year. Ill take my chances with mason and use the extra cap space to improve the defense.

  3. philly4lyfe - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    bryz has started all but two games this season and mason looked solid in his lone period of work. I don’t think it says anything about bryz other than he needs a break.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      agreed bryzgalov is on like a 20 games in a row run here…needs a rest. i’m rooting for mason though….just to conveniently complicate things a little more for philly going into the offseason

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Then why not give Bryz a break on Saturday in Winnipeg? Bryz just had two days off and they go with Mason anyway. I think they started Bryz on Saturday to see if he could bounce back from his shaky outings against the Habs and in Toronto. But, instead, he played even worse. The Flyers won 4 straight in spite of Bryz, just look at numbers over the past 6 games. Average, at best. He’s fatigued, I’ll give you that, but this is a guy who started 63, 69, and 68 his 3 years in Phoenix, so he’s used to being a workhorse. I’d say this has less to do with Bryzgalovs workload and more to do with finding out what they have in Mason. The writing is on the wall.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        man, all these articles about Emery lately really makes me wonder what might have been.

  4. bcisleman - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Dagnabit! Was hoping to see The Astronaut duck Islander slapshots all evening!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      I think that’s how every team feels going into a matchup with Philly. Just throw it on net and watch Bryz make a mistake. I heard the Toronto announcers were highlighting this strategy over and over last Thursday.

  5. narfmoo12 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    If the Flyers buy out Bryz and Briere (only owed $5M the next two years total, but taking up $7M in cap space each year), they will save nearly $13M in cap space. Combine that with Meszaros being traded or LTIR (because he’s never healthy) and they could be serious players this offseason.

  6. jazzyherb - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Milbury was going crazy over the way bryzgalov ducked that shot

  7. bdawk20 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    They should buyout Bryz regardless. His contract paralyzes the organization. If he is not carrying the team on his back (I don’t mean just playing well which he did earlier this year, I mean making a difference for this team), you have to buy him out.

  8. flyeredup - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Holmgren traded Bobrovsky. Holmgren is the problem.

  9. crashtheboards55 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    How is Talbot doing? How bad was the fracture to his leg? Big loss your you guys. His heart and work ethic are definitely missed in PGH.

  10. sizzle299 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    I for one am sick of the good old Phila goalie carousel. The only thing worst than getting subpar goaltending is the constant sideshow of the perception that putting someone else in will make everything click when their numbers are just as bad and the team worse. This is delusional thinking and is nothing but a distraction. I am a firm supporter of management and ownership EXCEPT when it comes to managing goaltending which is of incontrovertible record to be awful. They do not know what they are doing, and the goaltending coach should have been fired years ago. They almost won a cup based on hot goaltending by not by making any decisions, only because Bouch and Leighton traded injuries. When both were healthy in the finals, they made the wrong call with Leighton, Bouch was unstoppable until he got hurt and he should have been in there in game 6 and maybe things would have been different. Since then, we got Bob out of nowhere and he plays the lights out being so young and inexperienced notwithstanding. Yes, he didn’t come back great in his second year, but he made huge improvements in his positioning and puck handling alone to show he has potential to be solid and keep growing. But no..the clowns strike again and trade him supposedly because he had a high cap hit and wasn’t developing? Look who turned out to be right…not the goaltending clowns, as usual. They put all their faith in Bryz with his enormous contract and it didn’t work out. Can we admit that? He’s not good, he’s a headcase and a distraction and doesn’t seem liked by the team. I respect the ‘try to win every year’ mentality, but Bob should be here growing with this younger team. It was a dumb gamble sacrificing so much for Bryz, and someone needs to hold themselves accountable in the off season and resign after Bryz is bought out. But that will never happen because its the Flyers organization. I bleed orange as much as the next guy, but I can’t get excited about this team doing anything with the current people running the show. They can’t get the goaltender figured out, and that’s the ONLY way you win cups. Other teams deserve the wins, excitement and glory, even our hated rivals, because their management is not as stupid as ours with their goaltenders.

  11. wisdomnfl - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Philly getting smoked again, need to regroup.

  12. multiplemiggs - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    and howbdid that work out for ya? 😉 Philly bites another one….HAHAH back to watching Rocky videos bc thats the only championships this city will ever see!

  13. joewilliesshnoz - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    The Flyers, what a joke.

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