Steve Mason Steals the Show in Philadelphia Flyers Win

By Bob Francis
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The Philadelphia Flyers rode the momentum from their West Coast trip, holding on to win their third game in a row, behind the strong goaltending of Steve Mason. Mason continued to be the story for Philadelphia as he held the Colorado Avalanche scoreless until there were just minutes left in the game. Seeming to have again found the confidence which he had earlier in the season and supported by some timely defense, Mason was able to stave off the Avalanche flurry at the end of the game.

Mason did give Philadelphia a scare in the third period when he appeared to be dealing with some type of injury. After a brief stoppage, followed by some stretching, he continued to be stellar between the pipes, saving 38 of the 39 Avalanche attempts on the night.

At the other end of the ice, the Flyers continue to get offensive production from a variety of places as both Michael Raffl and Mark Streit scored in the victory. Their success in this area makes them a more dangerous group due to the inability of opponents to hone in and single out individual players. Sean Couturier had a hand in setting up both tallies on the night, again demonstrating his reliability and consistency. The captain, Claude Giroux, added an empty netter to continue his hot streak, now scoring a point in the last three contests.

Philadelphia made some headway in the standings with the victory, moving just a point behind the New York Rangers, who lost, for second place. With just one game remaining before the Olympic break, the Flyers will look to build on their win streak and carry it into the break with another home victory on Saturday against the visiting Calgary Flames.

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