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POST GAME THOUGHTS: FLYERS 3, AVALANCHE 1

Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 10:05 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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PHILADELPHIA – If Buck Brannaman, the inspiration for the book by Nicholas Evans and movie starring Robert Redford, is known as the Horse Whisperer, it’s probably safe to now call Flyers legend Bernie Parent the goalie whisperer.

Ever since he took a few minutes to have a conversation with Steve Mason at the Flyers Wives Carnival a little more than a week ago, Mason has been lights out in goal.

In the five games since, Mason has given up just seven goals and recorded two shutouts and followed them up with a beauty Thursday - a 38-save effort in a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

And while critics would say the first shutout against Detroit came against a depleted lineup and the second shutout against Los Angeles came against a Los Angeles Kings team that matched a record for goal-scoring futility that dated back to 1929, there was no way to sluff off his gutsy effort against the Avs.

Fighting through some sort of discomfort that had him taking medication both at the bench and on the ice during timeouts, Mason was brilliant against a pesky and talented Colorado squad.

He was especially quick with the glove hand, robbing Colorado of several could-be goals, but he really left Ryan O’Reilly feeling snakebit twice with his right-handed robbery – as broadcaster Jim Jackson likes to call it.

Not until all-world rookie Nathan McKinnon sneaked a shot past Mason on the short side in the final minutes was he penetrable. And even then, missing out on a chance at his third shutout in five games, Mason rebounded brilliantly and made a heck of a post-to-post save on P.A. Parenteau to deny the tying goal.

He did enough early  as well to keep the Flyers in the game after a bit of a sleepy start in the first period, but Mark Streit put the Flyers on the board first with a power play goal – his eighth marker of the season and the eighth consecutive game the Flyers scored with the man advantage – and that proved to be enough for Mason to secure the win.

Michael Raffl also scored, his third goal in four games, as the Flyers (29-23-6, 64 points) stretched their winning streak to three straight games.

Claude Giroux sealed off the victory with an empty-net goal that moved him into the Top 10 in scoring in the NHL.

There’ll be a lot more on this one, so stay tuned to PhiladelphiaFlyers.com for a complete recap, analysis, locker room notes, highlights and postgame video.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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