Steve Mason stood on his head once again in the Philadelphia Flyers‘ 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in a game which saw the Panthers outplay the Flyers in stretches and out shoot the Philly 34-30.
Mason was everywhere last night. He made a few monster saves, especially in the opening stanza, that helped the Flyers preserve the lead. His save on a breakaway after a Kimmo Timonen turnover also changed momentum in the game. If it weren’t for Mason this could have easily been another loss and the Flyers’ first 0-4 start in franchise history.
Mason has been brilliant all season. Frankly, it is going to be tough to keep him from between the pipes. The Flyers signed veteran Ray Emery with a goalie tandem in mind and almost a 50/50 split of playing time. But Mason is playing himself out of that role and playing like a bona fide No. 1 goalie. It begs the question, what do the Flyers do at goalie going forward?
New Flyers head coach Craig Berube didn’t seem too concerned, and neither should the fan base. It is a good problem to have. Over the years goalies have come under fire in Philadelphia. To have two potentially good net-minders is a nice change. Mason, however, has been more than good. He has been spectacular early in the season.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in net Friday night since he is on a hot streak right now. He is seeing the puck and moving side to side as well as any Flyers goalie in recent memory. With the offense struggling to get going and defensive lapses abound, Mason’s stellar play has been a god send. This Flyers season may go as far as the young net-minder takes them.