Flyers Notes: Mason not new to club's current position

Flyers Notes: Mason not new to club's current position

April 21, 2013, 9:00 am
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Steve Mason is used to not being in the playoffs. Only once did he ever make it in four full seasons with Columbus.
 
Now he’s Flyer, but things are still the same.
 
Saturday's 5-3 win was his fourth start as a Flyer, but this time, in a game that had no bearings on the playoff race for his club.
 
“These are games you have to get up for no matter what position you are in,” Mason said. “We carried the play for the majority of the hockey game. When the guys are playing like that, it’s going to happen and it’s nice to see guys rewarded.
 
“After our first goal, it was kinda loud in here. It’s nice to have that kind of support. Especially on the road. Moving forward, we’re going to need more of these efforts.”
 
Mason had 26 saves.
 
“Two of the goals, one bounced a foot in front of me and that’s a tough play and then there were chances [by them] few and far between,” he said, as the puck was in Carolina’s end most of the game.
 
“To stay sharp like that, it was a good test. I was happy overall. Aside from myself, the guys put in a great effort. Lavy [coach Peter Laviolette] talked about these games being important for pride moving forward.
 
“You look at our lineup and the offensive threats we have, nights like this should happen more often.”
 
Laviolette said two of the goals were tough to handle because of bounces and deflections and that he had to stay focused.
 
Man, was this tough
The Flyers went into the game with 255 man games lost because of injury.
 
To put that in context of an 82-game comparison, in 2009-10 they had 205 man games lost because of injury.
 
In 2010-11, it was 244. Last season, it was 275. Imagine if this had been an 82-game season.
 
Loose pucks
Flyers improved to 7-15-1 on the road. ... Ron Francis was elected to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame this weekend. ... Claude Giroux has six points in his last four games and three points in three games against the Hurricanes. ... The Flyers were 0 for 4 on the power play. ... The Flyers are 13-1 this year when scoring four goals -- they have only 20 wins. ... Wayne Simmonds (hat trick) and Matt Read were each plus-4. Read had a goal and two assists for his sixth career game of three points or more. His goal at the very end did not count because he kicked the puck into the net. ... The Flyers had 68 attempts on net -- fifth highest total for them this season. ... Forward Adam Hall played in his 600th career NHL game.

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