The Philadelphia Flyers had a tough task in tonight’s game. They had to somehow bounce back from a horrible night against the Chicago Blackhawks. They had to turn right around from a 7-2 deficit and play the next night against the Montreal Canadiens. This was also the return of former Flyer Danny Briere to Philadelphia and he was tied for the team lead with three shots on goal.
The story of the night in going with the theme of bounce-back performances was the play of Steve Mason in net. In the year plus that Mason has been in Philadelphia, he had never surrendered more than three goals in one game. He had allowed four in each of his last two starts. The Flyers desperately needed a big time performance from Mason and they got it in a 2-1 victory. He just missed a shutout by 56 seconds and stopped 20 of 21 shots in the win.
Mason has given the Flyers consistency in net; something they haven’t had in years. But he really needed this game badly tonight, not only for himself, but for his team. The loss against Chicago was flat out ugly and the performance by Ray Emery in that one coupled with Mason’s game tonight should put any potential goalie controversy to rest if it hasn’t been already.
The other good sign from tonight is that Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek are getting hot; each netting two point nights for the Flyers. But again, the team was only able to muster up two goals so it looks like this is going to be the trend all year. They are going to need their goalies to play huge if they want any chance of making a playoff push and Mason stepped up to the plate tonight and delivered with a true bounce-back performance.