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One thing going right for Philadelphia? Steve Mason

Oct 19, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

Steve Mason #35 of the Philadelphia Flyers take a break during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center on October 2, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(October 1, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

It’s hard to be upbeat about a 1-7-0 team, but there is at least one player on the Philadelphia Flyers that has more than pulled his weight.

Steve Mason has been superb so far with a 2.37 GAA and .924 save percentage in six starts. Of course, he also has a 1-5-0 record because the Flyers typically only give him a single goal of support.

“He’s been everything to us this year,” Wayne Simmonds told CSN Philly. “He’s standing on his head every single game, keeping us in the game, making every single save he can make and it sucks for him because we’re not supporting him on the other end.”

On the one hand, this could be spun as another negative as the Flyers are squandering Mason’s strong start to the season, but after the goaltending issues Philadelphia has endured in recent years, having that be an area of strength has to be encouraging. After all, the Flyers have no shortage of offensive weapons, even if there’s little evidence of that this season. Should the Flyers’ offensive stars finally wake up, then Philadelphia could start to look like a well rounded team.

For his part, Mason remains confident. He has plenty of experience playing on losing squads and he doesn’t think the Flyers will be one of them in the long run.

Philadelphia is currently in the early stage of an unusual week-long gap between games. They will host the New York Rangers on Thursday.

  1. drone501 - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    as a pens fan i hope that the flyers do get back to what they were. the rivalry was as intense as any other.

    • mcphillthy - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Thanks man. It’s good to meet a penguijs fan who knows more than trash talk. Its gonna be another ugly couple weeks for Philly while we adjust and get on the same page but it won’t be long before the rivalry heats up again. Congrats on your team this year as well. The pens are vicious around the net this year

      • mcphillthy - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        Penguins* damn I suck when I type from my phone

      • drone501 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        yeah, just got to worry bout those damn injuries. think the flyers finally got a nice goalie tandem. think we may be looking for a backup down the road although think he needs a few more chances.

  2. ilovebaxter - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Ed Snider is the Jerry Jones of the NHL. Constantly injecting his stupid opinion as to how a team should be set up. It’s embarrassing. Grab a broom Ed Snider…cause IT’S….A MESS

    • mcphillthy - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM


      • ilovebaxter - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM


      • mcphillthy - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Oops!! XD

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    The Flyers have been looking for a goaltender since the days of Hextall

    • yustasayin - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Current top goaltenders today

      1 Marc-Andre Fleury Pit 1.67 0.932
      2 Antti Niemi SJ 1.7 0.93
      3 Ben Bishop TB 1.57 0.943
      4 Jaroslav Halak StL 2.26 0.919
      5 Semyon Varlamov Col 1.68 0.95
      6 Jonas Hiller Ana 1.44 0.954
      7 Roberto Luongo Van 2.42 0.912
      8 Carey Price Mtl 2.01 0.938
      9 Jonathan Bernier Tor 1.98 0.94
      10 Jonathan Quick LA 2.57 0.91

  4. joey4id - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Excellent article! Masson played very well against the Pens. Lack of depth on the blue line requires the O players to play a tighter game. They’ll have to give up a bit of O to protect the net. The Flyers right now are a very fragile team. How to stay positive through the adversity is their biggest challenge. As a fan of the game, I miss the old Flyers who can bring it every night.

  5. mclovinhockey - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Masons GAA is not great, but his save % is. The D is doing a lot better than they used to and this O should be scoring at least 3-7 goals a game. They have a very deep team.

    It’s clearly physiological. Flyers need motivations.

    • mcphillthy - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      A hotel room full of strippers and blow? Oh wait… That only worked when Richie and carter were here.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    How soon until Mason becomes the scapegoat in Philly?

  7. puckmepuckyou - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    It won’t happen. Everyone knows he is not the problem. The Russian donut was a problem. If not for his lack of ability to stop a one on one than the fact that he had no clue where the puck was most of the time were big issues. Say what you will about the lack of defense; which is blatant, but basic goaltending skills are necessary. Mason is the only light in this tunnel so far.

  8. crazemastercraze - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I miss the Flyers of old too. the teams that would bring it during the regular season then blow it in embarrassing fashion when it counted like in the playoffs/finals. Ah, those were the days

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      You must of ment to say the penguins beings how they have been the ones making the post season embarrassments fashionable.

  9. stcrowe - Oct 19, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Yes, but what is his philosophy of the universe?

    In all seriousness, I have been a fan of his since he was in the NHL. He floundered a bit in Columbus, but he is still young and I have no doubt that he can be a good NHL goalie still. The fact that he is doing decently in such a bad situation in Philly is proof of that.

  10. matthewmacisaac - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Mason has been giving Vezina-quality goaltending and it is a shame that he gets no offensive support. They could have beat the Penguins if they had hit a couple of those wide open nets they had shots at. The Penguins didn’t miss their opportunities. The schedule does suck (i’m sure every team has quirks in their schedule), but why did they have to play in back-to-back games 1000 miles apart with start times 22 hours apart & now they have a week off (hopefully they use it to learn how to win a game)?

  11. crazemastercraze - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Last time I checked, the Pens names were inscribed on the cup recently. Seriously, are you really that unaware of history or is your conscious stuck at the year 1975? Flyers fans: like a bunch of drug addicts in denial and the Flyers are their drug of choice. PHT is the intervention they walk out on after being shown reality. It’s why I love coming here. Grab the popcorn, take a chair and watch the train wreck as it happens.

  12. slysipops - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:17 AM


  13. kastout11 - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Maybe I am being optomistic, but I really think the Flyers will start scoring, and hopefully Mason can continue to pay well when that happens. Knowing the recent history of the Flyers, though, they will start to score and Mason’s play will drop off. I am a huge Flyers fan, but they have turned me into a pecimistic fan. Giroux and the top line will start ot click, hopefully, they are working out their offensive woes during this six day layoff and we will see a better offensive output Thursday against the Rangers.

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