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It’s Playoffs Or Bust For Steve Mason

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Judging by his gleaming-white smile, Steve Mason is the happiest guy in the room.

The goaltender is still weeks away from training camp, yet he’s already describing the NHL offseason — one of the shortest ever, with the lockout pushing the Stanley Cup final to the end of June and the 2014 Winter Games spurring an Oct. 1 start to 2013-14 — as long. With the Philadelphia Flyers missing the postseason cut and the number of Mason’s starts decreasing in each of his five pro campaigns, the 25-year-old is well rested. Some downtime in Punta Cana this summer has only added to the relaxation.

“Now it’s strictly business. Vacation time is over,” says Mason, who went 4-2-0 with a head-turning 1.90 GAA and .944 save percentage in Philly. “Finishing on a strong note was nice, but it also left a sour taste in my mouth.”

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1.90 and .944 over JUST SIX GAMES is not head-turning, Luke Fox. I’ll bet you every team in the NHL last year had a stretch of six or more consecutive games where their goaltending produced those numbers of better. There is nothing at all special about that rate of performance over such a short period of time.

If you’re going to use stats in your argument at least understand what they mean and how significant they actually are.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 08/13/13 at 11:21 AM ET

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I’ll bet you every team in the NHL last year had a stretch of six or more consecutive games where their goaltending produced those numbers of better.

I’d take that bet.

Posted by Garth on 08/13/13 at 12:19 PM ET

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Look:  CBS goalie coach absolutely ruined two young, promising goalies in Leclaire and Mason.  That both had CBS careers take the same arc is telling.

Mason can bounce back I suppose.  But he needs a good goalie coach and, well, Philly’s track record with goalies is atrocious so it’s not an ideal marriage at all.

Posted by Primis on 08/13/13 at 02:55 PM ET

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