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Mason Steals Two Points In Vancouver

The Flyers allowed a season-high 44 shots, all while taking just 27.

With numbers like that, it's hard to fathom them being able to steal one point, let alone two. Steve Mason did just that.

Mason stopped a season-high 41 shots and the Flyers came back to force overtime before winning in a shootout, 4-3, in Vancouver. It's their fifth win in the last six games, and they now sit three points behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metro.

The Flyers were out-played much of the game, though. Vancouver was faster to the puck, and time and time again Mason had to come up with a big blocker, glove or pad save.

Despite being out-shot 13-8 in the first, the Flyers got on the board. Mark Streit pinched after a Michael Raffl shot and back-handed the rebound past Eddie Lack to make it 1-0.

The second period looked similar to the first, but this time Vancouver got something to show for their hard work.

Tom Sestito, of all people, scored to tie the game up, 1-1. Jannik Hansen put the Canucks up, 2-1, later in the period.

The Flyers were quick to respond to the goal, and it was their captain who put not only his team but a couple Vancouver defensemen on his back as well.

Raffl set Giroux up with a breakout pass for his second assist of the game. Giroux split Chris Tanev and Dan Hamuis, received the pass, and managed to shoot on Lack while wearing Hamuis like a cape.

Giroux's tally tie the game up for the Flyers, who took some momentum into the third period with the game at 2-2. It also extended the captain's point streak to nine games.

With under three minutes to play, Daniel Sedin scored on a fluke goal that was bound to spoil Mason's already incredible effort.

Sedin floated a wrister on net that was destined for a deflection. Instead it hit off of Luke Schenn and bounced over Mason into the net, giving the Canucks a 3-2 lead.

Just two minutes later, Brayden Schenn re-tied the game with 47 seconds left.

Matt Read got the puck off the face off and went to center it. After Jason Garrison attempted to knocked down the centering pass, Scott Hartnell knocked it over to Schenn, who buried into the open net to tie the game up.

Mason stepped up for the Flyers big time in the extra period, making both of his saves on Ryan Kessler to force the shootout.

Mason came up big again in the shootout, stoning Mike Santorelli and Sedin while Kessler fanned on his shot. Vincent Lecavalier's patient move on Lack was the Flyers only goal.


Giroux saw his point streak increase to nine games with his goal and assist. Two other Flyers saw their streaks end.

Jakub Vorackek's nine-game point streak ended as well as Wayne Simmonds' five-game streak.

This will likely be the last appearance by Mason of 2013 with Ray Emery getting the start today against Calgary. In 30 appearances (29 starts), Mason 16-9-4 with a 2.38 GAA and .922 save percentage.


John Russo
Editor; Featured Writer
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