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Mason gets pulled, Pavelski scores hat trick in Flyers vs. Sharks

Feb 27, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason reaches for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek) AP

Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason and Sharks forward Joe Pavelski are on two very different paths right now. They intercepted tonight and the results were disastrous for Mason.

The Flyers netminder had been struggling for weeks before he posted a 33-save shutout against Detroit on Jan. 28. That looked like a turning point for him as he went on to allow just three goals over three February games.

Then the Olympic break started and it looks like his forced vacation came at an inopportune time for him. His hot streak now a distant memory, Mason surrendered four goals on 13 shots before being pulled midway through the second period of Philadelphia’s game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

Mason’s fate was cemented after he allowed three goals over the span of 6:24 minutes, including two markers within 35 seconds of each other:

He was replaced by Ray Emery, who wasn’t immediately able to stop the Sharks’ onslaught. Joe Pavelski found the back of the net against him to score his third goal of the second period.

With the hat trick, Pavelski has set a new career-high with 32 goals and plenty of time to spare.

Update: Emery didn’t fare much better, so with a little more than nine minutes left to play, Philadelphia went back to Mason.

  1. sjsharks66 - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    The Big Pavelski! Torres is scoring also. Great game so far, just need to finish the third!

  2. rebel21das - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    The icing on the cake would be if Raffi Torres could get one more goal and pick up a hat trick in his first game back! Absolutely loving this game right now.

  3. chaseutley - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    It’s like watching the bronze medal game all over again.

  4. cmpuck - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Could’ve used that hat trick against Canada or Finland…rather than his disappearing act.

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Same old story… Flyers play one great period then all of a sudden it all comes crashing down bc Coburn and Mez are scared to touch the opposition when defending their own net, Grossmann and Luke Schenn throw blind passes down ice over and over, and Streit has no idea what defense even looks like. The Flyers get breakaways and try to go for the most difficult play possible, rather than just throwing it on net and going all out for rebounds. And on top of it all, Steve Mason will be blamed bc his team can’t figure out the basics of a game they’ve been playing their entire lives. And Berube just keeps allowing the Sharks to gain more and more momentum before it’s too late, instead of simply calling a timeout after that 3rd goal and calming his rattled club down. That’s what I miss most most about Lavy, his timeouts at opportune times (despite Pierre Mcguire’s infatuation with them).

    Flyers win 4 in a row, then the olympics happen, and of course they come back and play like the 1-7 Flyers.

    • flyerspsu - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      i think its b/c this team lacks the speed and skill to be elite so they need to work their ass off constantly to get results which they physically can’t do consistently w/o falling apart

      its a very flawed roster that needs some serious reworking, Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Pavelski, Boyle, Vlasic and maybe more would all be at the worst the 2nd best player on the Flyers right now … after Giroux, Read and Couturier everybody else im open to trading if the price is right

      there is no point at the deadline since the Flyers are far from contenders but in the offseason id like to seen at least 1 big move

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        You cannot trade someone like Wayne Simmonds. The guy shows up every night, does everything a coach could ask, and his game is clearly on the rise. Plus he’s signed at a great price for long-term. I also wouldn’t want to deal BSchenn bc he’s finally breaking out at just 21-22 years of age; unfortunately he’s probably their most movable piece for a solid top pairing defender (in a package deal obviously).

        Everything feels negative now bc of that drubbing last night following a long layoff, but this team was finding it’s groove before the damn Olympics started. If they beat the Rangers tomorrow then things will start looking good again. They’re not a Cup contender this year so there’s no point in mortgaging the future for a quick fix right now… thank god Bob Clarke isn’t running things. Let Gus, Alt, Gostisbehere, Morin, Hagg, and even Luke Schenn develop a little more then reassess this summer.

  6. xxakshunxx - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Coutures goal should’ve counted.. especially considering the game was out of reach, goal would’t have changed outcome

  7. sjsharks66 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    I think that Couture goal was a good one. Oh well, no big deal.

  8. shortsxit34 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    “Mason’s fate was cemented after he allowed three goals over the span of 6:24 minutes, including two markers within 35 seconds of each other:”

    “Update: Emery didn’t fare much better, so with a little more than nine minutes left to play, Philadelphia went back to Mason.”

    Love it!

  9. crazemastercraze - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Holmgren will trade for both Ryan Miller and Hiller, sign them to 8 year deals with full no trade clauses and keep three goalies on the roster for the entire season.

  10. flyerspsu - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    San Jose was no doubt the better team tonite (and overall) but the score is fairly misleading, San Jose had 3-4 very lucky bounce goals, the score should have been more around 4-2 or 5-3 rather than 7-3

    • sjsharks66 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Yeah? Could have been 8-3 with 2 hat tricks if Couture’s goal was given to them. Which is should had.
      Damn those lucky bounces.

  11. sjtorpitt - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    @cmpuck, you’re so stupid and ignorant, it’s kind of funny.

    • cmpuck - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      @sjtorpitt ooooh ya got me. Isn’t is past your bed time? Dope

  12. President Charles Logan - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    told flyer fans even before the season started that they needed to do whatever it took to trade for ryan miller .. mason has been fantastic for half the season but i think the contract they gave him was a mistake .

    • flyerspsu - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Even though goaltending hasnt been the problem this year, i agree, it was way too early and unnecessary to give a goalie who was terrible for the last 3-4 seasons a 3 year 4 mil a year contact after only 30 games, if Mason struggles down the stretch and his stats fall to lets say .905 – 9.10 his worth and pull come contract time is little to nothing considering he sucked for the last 3-4 years

      Mason was great his rookie season, then awful for the next 4 seasons … why on earth would you give in and give that same guy after 30 games a 3 year deal over 4 mil …?

      Its another premature lock up Holmgren move that makes very little sense at the time considering what the player would actually be worth on the open market

    • flyerspsu - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      as for Ryan Miller, that makes no sense for the Flyers, the Flyers arent contenders or are even close to being one so giving up a lot for young pieces for a 33 year Miller in his last year of his contract makes little to no sense, anyhow the Flyers are committed to Mason anyway

      • President Charles Logan - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        according to your media and your fanbase and braintrust you are contenders. it’s not hard to qualify for the playoffs these days , anything can happen look how flukey it was a few years back getting in on the shootout win on the last day and riding that tide all the way to the finals, if ya’ll had a goalie like miller back then you wouldnt be hearing 1975 jokes anymore, so yeah giving up some maybe prospects would have been worth it

      • flyerspsu - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        that 2010 team also had Richards, Carter, Jvr, Briere and uh Pronger … the teams are completely different

        the vast majority of our fanbase is well aware the team isnt good enough to be a contender, there is no reason to give up prospects and young talent for a 33 year old goalie that still wouldnt make them a contender, it would just set the Flyer back in trying to build a contender

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