Flyers Help Mason Beat Former Team
PHILADELPHIA -- Every time Steve Mason steps on the ice with the Blue Jackets things go bad.
It was the case when he played there, and it was the case Thursday night when the Flyers hosted the jackets. At least through the first two periods it seemed that way.
Mason was beat twice outright in the first and second periods respectively, giving the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead. At the end of the second, Columbus scored a third goal off a mad scramble that highlighted Mason's bad luck.
The Flyers battled back for the netminder that bailed them out and kept in numerous games this season. They scored five goals in the third period, coming back to beat Columbus, 5-4.
For once, Mason knew what it felt like to have his team support him, something he never really experienced in Columbus on his countless off-nights.
"After the game, (I) went around the room and said thanks for all of the battling for me tonight and then G (Flyers captain Claude Giroux) just said, 'You don’t always have to be the one that’s winning us games,'" Mason said after Thursday's game. "You know, he’s right but it would’ve been nicer if we didn’t have to go through that kind of ordeal."
It wasn't exactly how Mason, who is 13-9-4 with a .922 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average, imagined his first game against Columbus would go.
"Yeah it was not exactly how I drew it up on the board but you know sometimes your team comes through for you and that feels great," he said.
The Flyers held a 14-4 advantage in shots through the first period and seemed destined to make Jackets starter Curtis McElhinney's game a nightmare.
Instead the nightmare began for Mason.
Mason was beat short-handed in the first period when Cam Atkinson beat him cleanly on a wrist shot that should have been stopped. In the second, Jack Skille blasted a slap shot that should have been stopped as well.
"You know, (I) played a lot of games in Columbus but you know, tonight is a little bit different," Mason said. "I’ve never been in a situation like that where you’re playing your old team and you’re part of a game that for the most part wasn’t (back) until the third period so you know, there was obviously a lot of emotions in that third period with the boys continuing to really take it to them and it’s just a huge two points."
The Flyers battled back thanks to a four-point effort from Giroux. Giroux assisted on the Flyers first and third goals before scoring the game-tying and game-winner in the final three-plus minutes of the game.
“I mean so many times to start the year he bailed us out," Giroux said Thursday. "For us to come back and get that win for him, he was really happy after the game to have a little help from us once in a while.”