Mason was a victim of Flyers' poor defense
Steve Mason on Saturday allowed four goals before being replaced in net by Ray Emery in the Flyers' 6-4 comeback win over the Islanders. (AP)
Steve Mason would have liked to have had a better performance in his first game after inking a three-year extension (see story) with the Flyers.
The netminder allowed four goals before being pulled in favor of backup Ray Emery in the Flyers’ 6-4 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday (see story).
“It’s frustrating cause you want to be able to find a way to win,” Mason said. “But at the same time the way the game was going [Craig Berube] tried to find a way to light a fire under our team and it did exactly that. The guys were able to come back in the third period and find a way to win the game.”
The Flyers didn’t give Mason much support defensively, however. They were lackadaisical in their own zone and left him out to dry on several occasions against the Isles.
After the game, Mason seemed relieved that his contract situation is now finally settled.
“It’s nice to have that in the rearview mirror now and I’m looking forward to being here for the foreseeable future,” Mason said.
A few of his teammates, including Claude Giroux were happy to see their netminder rewarded with a new deal for his strong play.
“It was just a matter of time. All of us, the players, I don’t think we wanted to sign him, but I guess Homer wanted too,” Giroux joked. “It’s great. He’s a great guy off the ice too. To know that he’s going to be here for a couple years is great. His attitude and the way he wants to win is fun.”
One person who was not pleased with the Flyers’ performance on Saturday was head coach Craig Berube.
When asked what the team can take away from another comeback victory, Berube was very blunt.
“Two points,” he said. “Two points, that’s it. That’s what you take away.”
Redemption for Raffl
In the Flyers’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday, Michael Raffl was robbed by Carter Hutton on what many are calling the early favorite for Save of the Year.
It’s something that Raffl still has on his mind, even after registering the Flyers’ game-winning goal against the Islanders.
“It’s not easy to forget,” he said after the Flyers’ win. “That’s going to be a highlight of my career on the wrong side actually. It’s not that easy to forget. So I tried to bury that one as hard as I could and it went in.”
The Flyers have allowed eight shorthanded goals this season. … The last time Meszaros scored two goals in a game was on April 9, 2011. Who was that game against? You guessed it, the Islanders. … Four of Matt Read’s 11 goals this season have come against the Isles. … In their past 19 games against the Islanders, the Flyers are 15-2-2. The two clubs will wrap up their season series on Monday.