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Mason says Flyers fans’ support sent chills down his spine

Apr 29, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT

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Whether the Philadelphia Flyers win Game 7 against the New York Rangers or not, Tuesday seemed like a special night for Steve Mason.

While he allowed two goals in the grand scheme of things in a 5-2 Game 6 win, Mason closed the door on the Rangers until the game seemed out of reach, making some beautiful saves in the process. Flyers fans took notice, too, chanting his name and giving him some rousing ovations.

The 25-year-old definitely seemed touched by that treatment, as he mentioned after the game.

(Interestingly enough, Marc-Andre Fleury described a similar feeling when he received nice support in Pittsburgh during a recent playoff win.)

Mason is under contract with the Flyers through the 2016-17 season, so he’s likely to face a wide variety of reactions in the next few seasons (if not following Game 7, even if it’s at Madison Square Garden). Still, for a goalie who was at a serious crossroads when he joined the Flyers in the 2012-13 season, this has to be a great feeling.

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Hey! Stop copying Flower!

    Just kidding. Good for the Flyers. I called their win earlier. Had a good feeling this would be a 7 gamer!

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Yes, you did sharks.

  2. therealtrenches - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Non-Philly fans on all of these sites (PFT, HBT, PHT and PBT) like to call Philadelphia fans “classless.”

    But Philly fans *never* give up. They are the most passionate fans I have ever seen.

    Mason gets it.

    • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      You mistake passionate fans for criminal fans. Get it straight brah

  3. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Interestingly, no one gives a shizz about what Beach Ball Fleury felt.

    • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      your beach ball mantra is weak. makes me think he sees the puck like a beach ball hence hes doing awesome.

      rub your hands together and think of something else, like “swiss cheese fleury” or something. it doesnt make sense.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        Beach Ball…as in he can’t block a beach ball coming towards his net.
        I wonder if Pens fans are really that stupid or simply just act retarded on PHT.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        if we’re getting technical, c9, most holes don’t go all the way through swiss cheese anyway. there is a case to be made that hitting a man made of cheese with a puck may penetrate the cheese and score anyway, but the idea that pucks will slip through the holes is a stretch at best.

        “penetrate the cheese.” yes, this is ProHockeyTalk. no, you aren’t in the wrong place. we just sometimes talk about cheese and beach balls.

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        no holes go all the way through swiss yeah but if its in processed log form and you slice it, there are holes.

        fleury the sieve would work. i dont think broadstreet has ever used that word though.

        anyway. waiting for mason and/or the flyers to win a stanley cup. hell, lets start with the first round eh? starting to get old now…

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        alright PHT, we have one for your commenting bylaws. we’re requiring “sliced” to the begin the phrase swiss cheese goalie from now on. it makes way more sense. and for beach ball, we’re going to specify that you have to say “he couldn’t stop a beach ball” or if you mean the opposite, “he’s seeing/playing the puck as if it were a beach ball.”

        I’m glad we got this all hashed out.

        but yeah, idk who’s calling the cup for them other than trolls. aren’t we ALL waiting for our teams to win a stanley cup?

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        true. and while im not a huge fan of bringing up the past, i will always think it idiotic to criticize a goaltender in such a way when he does after all own a stanley cup ring, a couple division titles, conference championship and has thus far advanced past the second round while Mason has not.

        im actually somewhat of a mason fan but i might never be able to stop calling out stupid comments about my team. if your paying attention im perfectly willing to criticize the Pens and some of the players appropriately but I am gonna call stupid out when i see it.

      • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Another d-bag comment for ibiebie. Typical typical

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        ^^^ LOL “d-bag comment,” says toiletclown, of all people.

  4. ajbaxter1975 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Funny, I always thought Mason was spineless?

    • cantstandstupid - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      I’ll play along with your stupid comment, so why do you think that? I’m guessing it’s something you heard or read so you make a knee jerk reaction because you are too idiotic to have an opinion of your own without someone else influencing it.

  5. flyersfan85 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Hey thanks for managing to stick something Penguins in on a Flyers article. Didn’t need it.. but.. Pens sell, eh?

    When the shiz hits the fan I would rather have a mason then a flower.. one builds a wall.. the other wilts..

    Good job Mase..

    • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      well, your crap arse flyers brand isnt selling anything. like a turnstile of coaches, captains, and goalies. some of which attack unwilling opponents.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:07 AM

        Till the next bankruptcy.

      • petersteelewannabe - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        C9, who does James Neal play for?

      • laxman1944 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        Neal is a dangerous powder keg……..

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        which is why crosby, malkin, letang and fleury have their faces on bus stops and billboards, not james neal.

      • mebailey700 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Says the Pens fans whose team is consistently labeled as a favorite going into the season just to flame out early in the postseason. Oh yea, and the kid whose team has James freaking Neal on it who is the biggest douche and cheap shot artist in the league. But hey, don’t worry about facts.

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        yeah well, who is leading in merchandise revenue, tv ratings, fan relations and a league leader in attendance?

        flame out says the fan of the team that didnt even make the playoffs last year while the Pens made the ECF and still has work to do to get past the first round and has scott freaking hartnell and zac freakin rinaldo on it.

        obviously the brand is selling.

      • mebailey700 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Haha well I will take making the playoffs 18 out of the last 20 years any day, so who really cares if we missed last year? Hopefully the pens don’t miss the playoffs next year or else that league leading attendance might plummet and the bandwagon will empty.

        I just hope the flyers can pull out a win tonight because there is nothing better than a pens vs. flyers match up, something I think we both can agree on.

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        see you next year buddy.

        hopefully giroux doesnt hurt his wrist playing golf this year, eh?

      • mebailey700 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        That’s cold blooded man, things might have been different if that douchbag megma didn’t run our goalie with one game left in the season. Oh well, it is what it is.

        By the way I hope to god Giroux stays away from golf. I am a twenty handicap and still have managed to never bury a club so badly the shaft snaps. Hey, maybe I could make some money giving him lessons..

    • hockey412 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      It just creates a little animosity, which creates comments.

      And you ate it like a sheep in a field. Good sheep.

      • theref55 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        anyone with a 412 area code are Crosby drooling idiots. Maybe Crosby will hit the back of the next next round. After all – its two rounds – 10 games and counting. #OVERRATED – GO FLYERS!!!

      • hockey412 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Ok bub. I’m going to give the rest of the Philly fans on here a compliment by saying that you are NOT a representation of the average intelligent Philly fan. Maybe Crosby will hit the back of the net! Giroux finally did, so there’s hope…both have six points through six games which isn’t too bad…but at least he’s playing with hart (not the misspelling – I’ll explain it to you if necessary) out there!

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        wait, you just commented too though. baaaaa baaaaa.

        wait, so did I. F***!

      • hockey412 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Those bastards have us all trapped.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        412 is a reasonable Pitt fan………others not so much (Toilet) etc.

        Good 412

      • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM


  6. toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    The scum of Philthy was out in full force again last night beating up Ranger fans in the upper bowl of the Fargo Center. Bunch of criminals living in the most pathetic excuse of a city. Hope Ranger fans get their payback tonight

    • psudu - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Actually the fight was started by a drunk Rangers fan who was trying to be calmed down by security. He started flailing his arms all around and hitting people, including security, and the fans went back at him. He ran away, leaving his friends to take the brunt of it…but lets not get the facts in the way of you trying to rip Philly fans…Check it out over at Deadspin…

      • 7mantel - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        Sad commentary of the few unruly fans, hope all involved were arrested ! These guys are tough till the bracelets are on then the crying starts ! This kind of thing happens in every arena and ballpark ,so to say one fan base is better than another is ridiculous and immature !

      • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        Happens way to much in Philthy. Don’t make excuses. Rotten fanbase

      • hockey412 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        It is CRAZY that we live in an age where video and audio of something like this is available less than 12 hours later. No one involved was innocent but I’d have had a hard time taking the high ground if some drunk teen was doing that myself.

        I can’t figure how someone 1) pays all that money for playoff hockey just to get thrown out, 2) shows up in a Philly venue taunting the crowd. More money than brains.

      • girouxsalem89 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        Happens everywhere, you just only hear about it in Philly because the media makes it a story there.

        Every fan base has drunk morons, and in this case the NY Rangers fans were the drunk morons who started this whole thing.

      • 7mantel - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:42 AM

        tollet ,take a guess in what city 75 people were arrested at a Kenny Chesney concert ?

      • philafly - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        I’m going to have to go with Pittsburgh on this one. A brawl over a little traffic and littering in a parking lot. Hilarious.

        What a hypocrite toiletcleaner is.

      • 7mantel - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:55 AM

        girouxsalam89 ,were you there or going by the link posted,if you are going by link did you not read where the Chris says 1 ranger fan was drunk and ended up leaving his friends who did nothing to get beat up ! I count at least 5 flyer fans ( who were probably drunk too ) to 2 ranger fans ! Hope ALL involved are facing a judge today !

      • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        This about sums it up.

    • theref55 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      Everyone – you cant fight the mental limitations of A$$clown. this douche cant read the real story on deadspin and come up with the truth. Must be a republican/tea bagger since he doesn’t know the truth or how to read facts. Dude never spent time in this city and loves to bash us. Back to his Dr. Seuss books…..

      The fight – one of a few – was started by a snot nose youth of a rangers fan. And he and his friends got what they deserve. We take care of our own in our buildings. Wear another jersey in our buildings – you can if you just behave. Act like Toiletclown – you will get it.

      You should have seen the parking lot Friday night leaving going to Xfinity Live by multiple ahole Ranger fans throwing objects at Flyers fans as I was leaving the Broad Street entrance. but aholes like toiletclown bash us. Time to FLUSH this cancer down the drain!

      • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        Please son, I would pick you out of a crowd and pop you in the nose to teach you a lesson.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        tough guy, toiletclown. still anonymous.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        LOL……”Pop you in the nose”…..Now Toilet is a tough guy….man that is too funny.

        FLUSH’m up

    • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      we have no room to talk go to a steelers game and your more likely to see girls fight than guys. its a drunken baffoon fest there thats why i dont go to steelers games.

      worst part is they are usually fans of the same team.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        ouch, misspelling (or since I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt, mistyping) buffoon. that one’s rough. not jabbing at you c9, I just find it highly ironic when that happens.

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        believe it or not some things can be attributed to my accent and regional dialect. thats how i hear the word.

        not a word i see in type very often. ironic indeed.

  7. joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Good for the kid. He’s playing extremely well. My biggest concern for tonight’s game is that the Flyers may have left too much on the ice last night. We know if the Flyers lose tonight their fans will blame the NHL for the back to back games, and say the schedule was devised to favor the Pens. Twisted logic for sure.

    • philafly - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      Wrong. If they lose tonight it will likely be because they got outplayed. The Rangers are also playing on no rest so that excuse lacks any merit. You are just throwing that statement out there with no basis in an effort to make Flyers fans seem unintelligent.

      And I do not buy into the “I hope they didn’t leave it all out there last night” line of thinking either. These are professional hockey players. You think they are just going to be too exhausted to get up for a Game 7? Last night was tantamount to a Game 7 for them. They should come out with the exact same intensity.

      Quit throwing nonsense out there.

      • joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        You obviously know very little about the psychology of the game. Have no fear, Joey is here. Put on your thinking cap, and I’ll explain a few things to you. Take of this as a teachable moment. Ready? 1) a cursory look at the time on ice per player reveals that the Rangers distributed TOI more evenly than the Flyers 2) Emotionally this was a tougher game for the Flyers as opposed to the Rangers. Though the Rangers would have preferred to win, their backs were not against the wall. Flyers on the other hand were dealing with a do or die situation. So, the mindset leading up to game 6 wasn’t the same for both teams. 3) I never said they will be too tired to get up for game 7. Read #1 and 2. 4) Flyers will have all the intent to come out with the same intensity of last night, and they probably will. However, if they did leave too much on the ice last night, then we’ll see their energy dwindle as the game progresses. 5) Lastly, Berube should have and could have rolled 4 lines the whole 3rd period to spare some of his key players.

        This my friend, is not nonsense. This is how it works in the bigs. Read and learn, and you’re welcome.

        Happy 7th game! Go Flyers. Can you imagine another battle of PA?

      • philafly - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        Oh spare us all your high and mighty, holier than thou nonsense. I assume you never played hockey. If you had, you would know that playing in back to back games one time is not some sort of Herculean task that a team simply cannot overcome. Hockey players, and certainly professional hockey players, are finely tuned athletes. They are not going to wither and fade away half way through a game because they played a hockey game 21 hours before.

        And throwing the TOI stat out there is moronic. So if a player played 2, 3 or even 5 minutes more over the course of a 60 minute game (with two 15 minute intermissions), they are all of a sudden guaranteed to succomb to some sort of crippling exhaustion? Stop it. You’re self-righteous sermons are tiresome.

        Just watch the games and comment after. Speculating about what might happen is a fool’s errand. Even for you.

      • joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        Well! Then I relinquish my “high and mighty, holier than thou” throne to none other than, philafly. Seems like you know it all.

      • philafly - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        Good. Bye.

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        gotta agree with the philly fan thanks for doing that to me joey. you moron.

        if flyers lose it wont be because they were tired from winning the night before.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      theoretical arguments with Flyer fans are fun, right joey?

      “their fans will blame the NHL for the back to back games, and say the schedule was devised to favor the Pens. Twisted logic for sure” he says.

      having the argument before it even happens. twisted logic?

      • joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        No fun at all…. 😦 This argument actually started when the schedule came out. I think it was chasser44, or something like that.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        OHHHH, so this is just another case of joey bringing his past arguments up again to fight with any willing participant. makes sense.

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        come on man. i have heard this crap before too. sorry your fan base are a bunch of penguins conspiracy theorists, but be careful when you deny things in representation of them.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        in what was am I representing what he’s referring to? I’ve never badmouthed the schedule, and because one a-hole brought it up 2 weeks ago, joey wants to assume that the rest of us think that? ok

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        well, my defense of joey ends theres. just saying, unfortunately, that i dont know if somebody said it two weeks ago or what but this kind of rhetoric does comes out of eastern PA an awful lot.

        and im sorry, but i dont quite understand the sentence that begins with “in what was am i…”

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        oh, in what way*

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        you should know better than to start an argument with joey like that….

        you know damn well hes got some post from somebody saved on his computer in some sick demented archive of what we are all saying, just waiting to use it against you.

        so before you stick up for your fan base, know that hes got something up his sleeve to say “here, told you so. one guy said it 4 months ago in the middle of a drunken stupor”.

        i mean come on. only thing you do with that guy is laugh. hes freakin ridiculous. i think he wears a cape, but im just guessing…

      • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        besides i didnt hear you saying anything about broadstreetbeatdown and his whole “here come the excuses for beach ball fleury”…

        like i said, not one pens fan was making any excuses, and besides there was nothing to make excuses for haha…he won the damn hockey game…

        i call out my fellow fans on their crap all the time. dont see that much from the “other side”

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        where did he say that? i ctrl+F’ed “excuses,” no hits. and yeah, I get on Flyers fans’ cases all the time dude. I just happened to agree with him about not caring what Fleury thinks IMMEDIATELY after the Flyers game ended in a W.

      • joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Knowing an argument or understanding the behavior patterns of others before they do can actually be very valuable. I know that even you get that.

    • goodolejr - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Giroux had the most TOI on the top line with a whopping 16:19. I’m not worried at all about them leaving it all on the ice last night as Berube actually did a decent job with the lines. Not to mention it seemed like the Flyers were intent on just hitting the Rangers towards the end just to wear them out a bit. All that with the fact that McDonagh and Girardi are clearly playing injured, I actually think this game is tilted in the Flyers favor. At least better chances than I would have previously expected in a game 7 @ MSG.

  8. sjsharks66 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    You know what? I can say “act like an adult” when it comes to the brawl posted above. But if some drunk is acting like a fool for 60 minutes and accidentally hits me in the face. I may have to punch him back a few times. The fact that all these people got involved is stupid. Mob mentality. One fan saw a chance to be a tough guy and jump in and then another and another…

    Hey! Who cares?! It’s playoff hockey, those looked like cheap seats. I bet everyone was drunk. It happens, in Chicago also. It happens everywhere, with every sport. Just because you were not there to personally witness the times it has, does not mean it doesn’t happen. If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Of course it does! I hope…. O_o

    • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Kudos, Theese philthy people think their crap town is so innocent.

      • philafly - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        You do realize that you are congratulating sjsharks for recognizing that Flyers fans are not the only fans nationwide that get into these types of situations, correct? Reading comprehension has never been your strong suit.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        nothing…. has ever been that man’s strong suit.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        ok….where were we…..ah yes


  9. toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Rangers win 3-1. BYE BYE PHILTHY FANS

    • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      say, how’d you call that last game again? yeah… that’s what I thought.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Boy quite the chatty one today huh??


  10. kastout11 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Should be one heck of a game 7. The Flyers need to come out and play like they did in the 2nd peiod last night. The problem with the Flyers is they have not been able to put 60 minutes together. The Rangers have still outplayed the Flyers in 5 of the 6 games, so I am not overly confident that the Flyers will win. They need to take care of the puck in their zone and they will be fine. They cannot turn it over 9 times in a period like they did last night in the 1st. Mason was great last night, but you cannot expect him to consistently stone the Rangers like he did last night. Simmonds as awesome last night. Aside from game 2, where has he been. I also like moving Raffl to the Giroux line. It looked like it energized the G line. For the 2nd consecutive game, G was everywhere.Unfortunatley for the Rangers, it looks like G might have found his game.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      how do you figure the rags outplayed have 5 out of 6? didn’t you say 4 out of 5 yesterday?

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        …dislexia aside.

  11. earpaniac - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Mason has been one of the best acquisitions in the NHL this year. It is a little ironic that a guy people thought had lost his confidence, goes to a supposed “goalie killer” franchise, and gets it back. I think the Flyers may have a goalie they won’t have to worry about for a while.

  12. nj666 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Yeah its all chills until they eventually turn on him.

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