Couturier, Mason Shine in Comeback Shootout Win Over Predators
If there was a game to define what Steve Mason has been doing for the Flyers this season, Saturday night in the Music City was the night.
Mason stopped 34 shots, including two great saves in the shootout as the Flyers came back to beat the Nashville Predators, 3-2. The win started the Flyers' six-game road trip out on the right foot.
It was Mason's best effort of the season.
Mason's effort was coupled with Sean Couturier's late game-tying goal that forced overtime. His tally with 6 minutes, 54 seconds remaining gave Mason the chance to steal a second point from the Predators.
Mason made two huge saves in overtime including a breakaway from Colin Wilson to keep the game tied up. Then in the shootout, he made saves on Craig Smith and Matt Hendricks.
The save on Hendricks was the save of the night.
Hendricks skated in on Mason and got the netminder out of position with a hard bite. But Mason recovered with his left pad, kicking it out and making a huge save on a stunned Hendricks.
The Flyers scored late in the first period on Claude Giroux's fourth of the season. A blocked pass attempt made its way back to Giroux's stick and he blasted a slapper past Marek Mazanec to make it 1-0.
Nashville answered one minute later on Mike Fisher's sixth of the season. It was the start of a seemingly dominant game by the Predators, who out-skated and out-shot a Flyers team playing in back-to-back games.
The Predators took a 2-1 lead just over five minutes into the third period. Wilson, who played a great game offensively for Nashville, back-handed a soft shot past Mason to give the Preds the lead.
With the Flyers struggling to get some offense going, the hot play of the checking line provided the late spark.
Steve Downie worked the puck out from behind the net and dished to Andrej Meszaros. Meszaros skated towards the front of the net and made a spinning pass to a wide open Couturier as the defenseman was falling down. Couturier buried the easy shot and tied the game up.
Mason, who was making his second start in two days, didn't look tired as he closed out the Predators.