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MASON BACKSTOPS EXCELLENT TEAM EFFORT FOR SECOND FLYERS SHUTOUT
Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 11:14 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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PHILADELPHIA – It was hard to tell who got more standing ovations Tuesday night, Steve Mason or President Barack Obama.

When you make 33 saves and pitch the first Flyers shutout at the Wells Fargo Center since March, 2012 (by none other than Ilya Bryzgalov), it’s not hard to compete with the State of the Union address.

Sure the game was 5-0 and wasn’t really close in the end. Sure the Flyers were playing against a Detroit team that more resembled their minor league affiliate than the usually staunch Red Wings squad. It doesn’t matter. When you are trying to snap a four game losing skid as a team, and as a goaltender if you haven’t been up to snuff in recent outings, that kind of effort goes a long way to building confidence not only in yourself, but in those that pull for you game in and game out.

“These games are building blocks,” Mason said. “Over the course of the season you’re going to have ups and downs, it’s just a matter of how you come out of it. This is just a small step in a bigger picture and that’s the way I am going to take a look at it.

“A lot of playing comfortable is the way the guys play in front of me, and tonight was a better effort than we’ve had. There are still some things that we need to work on, but it was a cleaner game than we’ve played recently.”

Mason was good the whole game, but the third period, in which he made 16 saves, was mostly anti-climactic as many of them came with the Flyers holding a three, four or five-goal lead.

However, the Flyers were a little tentative in the first period, and he held his own, and then was especially sound in the second period when the Flyers had a couple of plays go awry in front of him and he was equal to the task.

“In the second period they had two chances in a row there off a broken play in the neutral zone and he made two stops,” coach Craig Berube said. “They were big saves to keep the score where it was.

“I thought he played well. That team attacks as good as any team in the league. They put a lot of pucks on net, so I thought he looked good.”

It was the kind of effort Mason was giving nightly in the opening two months of the season. If this was any evidence of getting back to that, with the way the Flyers are scoring, they should be thrilled with the possibilities.

It was Mason’s 21st career shutout and his second as a Flyer. The other occurred back in November in Ottawa.

“He was outstanding today and he made a lot of big saves to keep us in the game,” said Jake Voracek. “I think he deserved a shutout today. Thirty-three saves or something like that. He’s been great for us all season. He always keeps us in the game.”

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NOTES: Kimmo Timonen suffered a lower body injury in the first period and did not return. General manager Paul Holmgren said he would be re-evaluated today, however coach Craig Berube indicated post game that the injury wasn’t serious… The fourth line had a nice game after Craig Berube moved Michael Raffl there. Adam Hall scored a goal and Raffl had an assist. Both were also excellent on the penalty kill and defensively in their own end… Sean Couturier scored the fifth goal for the Flyers, snapping a nine-game drought… Luke Schenn and Nick Grossmann had solid games defensively and led the Flyers with six hits apiece… The Flyers shut out the Red Wings for only the fourth time in their history, and the first time since 2001. All four of the shutouts have been in Philadelphia… The Flyers were 1-for-2 on the power play, which gives them a power play goal in four consecutive games and in 10 of their last 13 games. The power play is 22.9 percent (11 for 48) in that 13-game stretch… The Flyers won the season series against the Red Wings this season, going 2-1 in three games. The last time the Flyers won a season series against Detroit that was more than a single game was the 1987-88 season, when the Flyers went 2-0-1 against the Wings in three games… The Flyers extended their regular-season home winning streak over Detroit to eight games. The last regular-season loss to the Wings here in Philadelphia came on January 25, 1997.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 75 21 53 7 74
C. Giroux 74 22 46 1 68
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 75 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 75 13 17 1 30
M. Read 73 7 22 -7 29
M. Del Zotto 57 9 19 -5 28
M. Raffl 60 19 6 6 25
V. Lecavalier 51 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 10 .926 2.25
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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