Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason was near superhuman Thursday in a 36-save shutout of the Vancouver Canucks. Mason’s best stop came in the second frame when he dove across his net to rob Alex Edler on a wide-open net attempt.
Steve Mason is a long way from matching the career-best numbers he posted in 2014-15, but the Philadelphia Flyers netminder still has a knack for coming up big when the moment calls for it. Thursday night in Philadelphia, Mason had one of those moments.
The Flyers were killing a penalty late in the second period and the visiting Canucks had worked the puck to the front of the net where Mason had to make a right pad save on a spinning Alexandre Burrows. But once Mason made the save, the puck shot off of his pad right onto the stick of Vancouver blueline Alex Edler, who had the entire net to shoot at with Mason turned to defend the Burrows shot.
As Edler went to take his try at the empty net, Mason swung his body around at lightning speed, lunged over with his glove and turned aside Edler’s attempt:
Mason’s save helped keep the Canucks off the board and was one of 36 stops he made on the night to earn himself his second shutout of the season.
In 2014-15, Mason was a standout for the Flyers and boasted a league-best .944 save percentage at 5-on-5 — ahead of even Carey Price, who captured both the Vezina and Hart Trophies. Mason posted an 18-18-11 record, three shutouts, 2.25 goals-against average and .928 SP for the Flyers in 2014-15, but his numbers have dipped significantly this season. In 19 games, Mason has a 6-8-4 record, two shutouts, 2.76 GAA and .912 SP. At 5-on-5, Mason has a .934 SP, which ranks 10th of the 28 goaltenders to play at least 750 minutes.