Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/17/10 at 12:36 PM ET
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
In the wake of a 6-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in Rexall Place, Arniel must surely hope that this is rock bottom for goaltender Steve Mason, who was pulled for the third time in four games, but not before the loss to the Oilers was out of hand.
“(Mason) is in his own head right now,” Arniel said. “He’s probably his own worst enemy. But we’re going to stick with him and do everything we can to help him. Obviously, he has to be a big part of our hockey club.”
Arniel said he had a conversation with Mason during the first intermission, in which he told Mason that he was putting him back out for the second period, giving him a chance to work his way out of his struggles.
It was a crossroads moment in the game. The Blue Jackets dominated the first period, outshooting the Oilers 23-13 but trailing 3-2, and Arniel noted afterward that “I had more to say than him.”
Mason, who did not speak with reporters post-game, could not get it back together in the second period. By the end of the second, it was 6-2 Oilers and Mason was lunging at pucks, overplaying angles and not looking anymore comfortable.
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