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Flyers yank Mason hours after signing extension

Jan 18, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Flyers took a chance that the Steve Mason of old wouldn’t resurface when they inked him to three-year, $12.3 million contract this afternoon. Especially after the Flyers’ experience with Ilya Bryzgalov, their fans have every reason to be weary.

That makes Mason’s performance against the New York Islanders tonight a case of horrible timing at the very least.

The 25-year-old goaltender allowed four goals on 24 shots to get pulled late in the second period of the contest.

Here’s the goal that ended Mason’s night:

He has now allowed at least three goals in eight of his last 11 starts. That concerning trend has been somewhat overshadowed by the Flyers’ recent offensive surge, but Philadelphia can only succeed for so long if they are often forced to net at least four goals in order to come out on top.

  1. jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Yes because the team in front of him is playing so well, one deflected, one screened, Islanders are on pace for 40 shots great sound defense our club playing tonight.#not mason fault stop trying to make something out of nothing

  2. bobc74 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    fLOLyers!

    • jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Creative

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Looks like we got the final LOL, you toolbox.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    TERRIBLE decision to pull him. Not his fault at all. It is not even like they are being blown out of the water. 4-3 and you pull your starting goalie to put in a piece of trash like Emery?

    • mcphillthy - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Yeah terrible decision, right? Big mistake. All it did was cause the flyers to tie The franchise record for most third period comebacks in a season. And they came back and won after mas got pulled. So it makes total sense why chief did it. It’s because he is the effin man and those two points belong to him tonight! That’s what good coaches do. They make the right call

  4. jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    What a goal flyers VORACHEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

    • joey4id - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Hey! Q: Where were Coburn and Grossman on the first NYI goal? A: Behind the net after Coburn fanned to clear the puck, and Grossman loss the one on one battle. Ouch! And you call Coburn a #2……

  5. jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    YANK THIS 5-4 flyguyssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss great pull woke the boys upppppppppppppppp

  6. jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    6-4 flyers F since pull islanders only 5 shots sometime it wakes a team up Berube did it for reason and it worked tonight.

  7. c9castine - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    flyers are a terrible defensive team this will happen consistently as long a thats the case

    • jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Win is a Win terrible defensively is bit harsh they are about average. 14th in league in Goals allowed so Terrible def way off base

      • c9castine - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        i don’t think so man i just looked at it. 19th. a lot have been going in lately.

        crazy how people will say the 4th ranked penguins defense is awful but the flyers are just fine at 19th. they suck.

  8. sjsharks66 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Yeah the right call.. Emery faced TWO shots in the 3rd. If the Flyers defense played like that every game there would be no goalie problems for them.
    He made the right call by leaving a sour taste in Masons mouth. Signs an extension today and then is used as a pawn to “make his team play more defensive”? If I’m Mason i’m furious at that decision, two points won or not. Why does his team not play that well in front of him but will when he gets pulled?

  9. penguins87and71 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Just my opinion but if I was a Flyers fan the one thing that would concern me the most is that the Flyers have a tendency to get down early in a hockey game. They are very good at coming back from these deficits, but I just think they are going to have to change that. They can’t get in these holes early against the upper eschelon teams in the NHL. Also I don’t think that it was Steve Mason’s fault that he gave up 4 goals it was the defense’s fault. The Flyers didn’t play that well tonight.

    • jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      As a flyers fan falling behind is def not the way to go, but it also depends on your expectations of the team. This flyers team is overall and average to slightly above average team, we are not cup contenders, so going forward all I hope is the young guys improve, Mason stays solid as we build progressively moving forward. In my opinion we are elite scorer and either a solid one dman away from being viable contender

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      You’re absolutely correct in your assessment of Mason, however I like the teams ability to comeback. Not saying you’re not right, I hate the way they don’t wakeup til the 3rd, but coming back was a skill they lacked last season. Two years ago this club was prone to similar comebacks and they upset the Pens… now it seems they don’t get totally discouraged by 3rd period deficits. Not the ideal route but I’m not averse to the results, 2nd place is a good place to be.

  10. jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    NHL.com they are 17th which is middle of back which mean average not sucks, B hawks allow .13 less a game and are 14th do they suck to I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong flyers are average to slightly below avg but suck they don’t defensively

  11. jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20142ALLSAAAll&sort=avgGoalsAgainstPerGame&viewName=summary

    heres link if you don’t believe

  12. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Tonights result was exactly why the doubters of Steve Mason need to look at his numbers with a grain of salt; bc you look at where this team was after two periods, it’s lucky it wasn’t 7-3 Islanders and thats bc of of Mason. Yet he gets pulled after allowing four goals with the guys in front of him asleep. And uneducated fans (those who didn’t watch and don’t watch many Flyers games),like some Pittsburgh fans who comment on this site, will come in laughing about Mason’s extension when he’s actually the reason the team had a chance to comeback.

    I will say it again, this game is the perfect microcosm of why those who were commenting about the Flyers goalie play earlier today, need to re-examine their criticisms. Mason was on tonight and he didn’t deserve a “no decision” or loss. Emery gets the win bc the guys wokeup and decided to help their netminder. It was a luxury #35 didn’t and hasn’t enjoyed.

    • jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Can say that again seems like half a dozen games we start in quick sand this game should have been out of reach Mason keeping at 4 more than earned his money. The pull and then the lashing they prb got by chief between periods 2 and 3 woked. Frustrating because the team that played in the 3rd period by no means am I saying cup worthy, but def can hold there own in East. SO JEYKLL HYDE

    • matthewmacisaac - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      That is the best assessment that could be put out there. I like Emery, but he has looked old & slow. If he was under the duress that Mason faced it might have been 10-1. I was at the Rangers-Flyers game at MSG and Emery looked as if they pulled someone out of the stands & put him in net. I know Mason had played (and been yanked) Saturday but I would have liked to see him in against the Rangers. Mason will be fine as long as the guys in front of him come to play.

  13. penguins87and71 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    It’s a great asset to have. I guess the only thing I’m saying is that once they go up against tougher competition they can’t afford to be getting down early. Also this team does kind of remind of the team that knocked off the Penguins. As a Penguins fan I’m scared as HELL of playing the Flyers in the Playoffs.

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