LOS ANGELES -- Goaltenders go through rough patches here and there.
And Steve Mason is no different.
Right now, the 25-year-old is on a bit of a high and shutouts are trending with him.
Mason picked up his third of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 matinee win over the Kings (see story). It was his second in his last three starts. He faced 35 shots in this one.
It was a slow start mixed with flurries of shots, then dullness -- not an easy game for a goalie trying to get a fix on the puck.
“Yeah, it was a slow start overall,” Mason said, pointing out the Kings’ ceremony honoring Robyn Regehr’s 1,000th NHL game disrupted him a bit.
“It slows down the start of the game when you get out there and they have the anthem and then that. Then, we had some whistles to boot, but they came hard at us in the second and third.”
Mason had some very tough saves in this one -- five on Jeff Carter and six on Tyler Toffoli. He also had a few choice shots in scrums from Slava Voynov.
He said the Flyers allowed him to see shots better Saturday than during the 5-3 loss to Anaheim on Thursday.
“Today was better but I still had to fight through some,” Mason said. “Guys come to the net hard. We’ll take the two points. It was pretty much a 1-0 game the entire [way] so there wasn’t much room for error.”
Mason’s biggest challenge came late in the second period during a scrum at the net where Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis were jabbing away after he made an initial stop on Voynov.
“There were three or four stops in close,” Mason said. “They were jamming hard on the net. The initial shot came from the side with the rebound in front. They had two or three whacks at it, but I was able to get my pad on all of them.
“We cleared the puck, but we were kinda running around our zone toward the end of the second period. We knew we had to be better in the third. We were happy just to get out of the second.”
Flyers coach Craig Berube said he liked his players' effort to make things easier on Mason, unlike the loss to the Ducks where every point shot was redirected on him.
“Give him shots from the outside and that helps,” Berube said. “We talked about protecting the middle of the ice more.
“When your goalie sees shots that are easy to handle or makeable saves, it helps everybody. Boxing people out at the net and leaving the shot to the outside makes a big difference.”
The Flyers’ 13 shots was their fewest ever in a victory. ... Adam Hall was 5 for 6 on faceoffs and is 9 of 11 in his last two games. ... Zac Rinaldo had a team-high six hits in 8:14 of ice time. ... This was the 19th time the Flyers shut out the Kings. ... The win was the Flyers’ third consecutive at Staples Center. They’re 7-1-1 all-time there, and 4-0-1 since 2003.