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Flyers’ Mason: ‘I’d like to improve everything’

Jan 26, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT

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Flyers goalie Steve Mason has had a bit of a rough time of late. Philly has lost seven of their past nine games and in a dogged race in the Metropolitan Division that means trouble.

Mason’s struggles continued on Saturday against the Boston Bruins as he gave up four goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Ray Emery.

Tim Panaccio of hears from the struggling Flyers goalie about how he wants to get back to his early-season winning ways.

“I’m disappointed in not being able to play well enough to get the wins now,” Mason said. “I’d like to improve everything. When you are not having success, it’s easy to overthink things. I try not to do that and stay calm and make sure when we have the opportunity to practice, I try to get better. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a lot of that [practice] time. You get out there and make sure come next game you are ready to go.”

Mason has seen his goals-against average go from 2.14 to 2.64 since the start of December. Seeing that stat balloon by half a goal in two months of work is startling.

If there’s a silver lining here it’s that Mason has shown how good he can be, it’s just a matter of being consistent.

  1. phillyfan11 - Jan 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Stats say one thing, but watching the games is another. He has been put in so many bad situations because of the awful defense that is in front of him.

    • joey4id - Jan 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Well said. The goalies are the last line of defense. They become vulnerable if the 5 other players don’t play well. The Flyers d clearly needs an overhaul.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      That’s what Bryz said and some stuff about humungous big.

  2. crazemastercraze - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    He would be awesome in Anaheim!

    • 19to77 - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Clearly you don’t follow the Ducks at all. They’ve been juggling three goalies this season, with John Gibson waiting in the wings. Literally the last thing they need is a goalie. If anything they should be moving one of their spares.

      • crazemastercraze - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        You have to be a Flyers fan. I was joking you dummy. Man, you people are thick…..

  3. jrkushnir - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Watching and listening to games its a different story. Every other save seems to be declared a “highlight reel save.” Theres nothing in front of him. He’s doing the lion’s share of the work of keeping the games close.

  4. mikedoc315 - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Mason was playing great early in the season and the end of last season,and then things feel apart for him. Part of it is the D in front of him but that’s been a problem since he got here,that is something the Flyers will have to figure out sooner or later sooner hopefully.He was playing well and hadn’t allowed more than three goals a game right up until he started to struggle,I think he hasn’t been the same goalie since he gave up four goals. He is a great goalie and he will get better again he just needs to put that behind him.

  5. mcphillthy - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Those stats are bologna!! The flyers D have left so many wide open in front of the net it’s ridiculous. They have left him out to dry on a daily basis. Mason is a good goalie and I really feel bad for the guy for how often he gets screwed. The D needs to tighten up and fast

  6. matthewmacisaac - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:52 AM

    It’s not just the d-men. The forwards have been slow to get back on many occasions and the five in front of him have had such trouble clearing the zone that he’s faced extended “shooting gallery” times. When the opponent gets five or six good shots, one is bound to go in.

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