In a truly critical contest, the New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Tuesday night, putting the Flyers 7 points away from the Islanders, who now sit in in the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak at Nassau Coliseum.
After the Flyers committed an icing, took a timeout, and failed to get the puck deep when play continued, the Islanders rushed the puck up the other way. Colin McDonald found Michael Grabner streaking down the wing after a pick by Keith Aucoin. Grabner snapped it past starter Steve Mason to give the Islanders the 2-1 lead.
General Manager Paul Holmgren announced this afternoon that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Steve Mason to a one-year extension worth $1.5 million. Mason was acquired in a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3 for Michael Leighton and a 2015 third round pick.
The 24-year-old goaltender busted onto the NHL scene back in 2008. In his rookie season, he posted a 33-20-7 record with the Blue Jackets, posting ten shutouts, and owning an impressive .916 save percentage and a 2.29 goals against average.
The Flyers got their first look at Steve Mason, but it was under the circumstances they least wanted it to come under.
A second period melt down for starter Ilya Bryzgalov saw his night end abruptly. It also snapped the Flyers four-game winning streak with a 4-1 loss to the Jets, which also snapped Winnipeg's five-game skid.
The Flyers waltzed into the game three points out of a playoff spot. They were a point behind the Jets in the standings with two games in hand. They're now three points back and sit in 11th place currently with 10 games remaining.
The agent of newly acquired goaltender Steve Mason, Anon Thun, expects the Flyers and the goaltender to come to agreement on a one-year contract extension shortly.
The extension will give Mason a chance to compete with now starter Ilya Bryzgalov for the top goalie spot. Mason was acquired from Columbus before the trade deadline for a 2015 3rd round pick and Michael Leighton
This was all speculation yesterday when Mason was acquired. With Bryzgalov boasting a massive contract it's rumored the Flyers could amnesty Bryzgalov's contract, freeing up a ton of money to get themsleves salary cap complient.
The Flyers fell short of the Ben Bishop sweepstakes and went for plan B.
The Flyers acquired goaltender Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets, giving them a strong back-up goaltender for Ilya Bryzgalov. Bishop, who they were targeting, was traded to the Lightning earlier.
The Flyers gave up a 2015 third round pick and Michael Leighton for Mason.
As the NHL announced this morning that the NHL Board has approved realignment, tonight's game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets will mark the last time the two teams face each other as division rivals.
Next season, the Blue Jackets, along with fellow Central division rival Detroit Red Wings, will move to the Eastern Conference. Under the new alignment, Columbus will join a division composed of mid-Atlantic teams, and the Red Wings will move to a division made up of a mix of eastern Candian teams, Buffalo, Boston, both Florida teams, and Detroit. Chicago's division will consist of the three remaining Central teams, plus Minnesota, Winnipe...
If the Blackhawks set a new league record on Friday night, why not extend the record a little further?
Sunday night's game will be a meeting of the best and the worst in the league. Columbus comes in to town on the tail end of a back-to-back, having lost to St. Louis 2-1 on Saturday night. The Blue Jackets are 5-11-2, having just 12 points to show for the season thus far. With Washington's win this weekend, Columbus fell to last place.
Despite CBJ's struggles, however, the team should never be fully discounted. In 10 of their 18 games, Columbus has lost by just one goal, and they've gone to the shootout twice. They have also on rare occasion sh...
It wasn't their prettiest win of the season, but the Chicago Blackhawks played well enough to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in a physical game on Saturday night. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford played another strong game en route to his fourth win of the season, stopping 24 shots on 26 attempts. Columbus started fast against their Central Division rival, controlling play for much of the first period as they outshot Chicago 8-1 over the first ten minutes. Their early tenacity was rewarded when Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu opened the scoring at the tail end of their first power play on a mad scramble in front of the net. After a flurry of in-close sa...