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POST GAME THOUGHTS: FLYERS 3, AVALANCHE 1

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 10:05 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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POST GAME THOUGHTS: FLYERS 3, AVALANCHE 1

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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
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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