By Michael Donovan
Is it possible that Flyers’ goalie Steve Mason has finally got his head on straight?
There’s a five-game stretch starting tonight in Ottawa where Mason figures to play in four of them to get himself firmly in a groove.
“Yeah, it looks like we’re playing every other day for a couple weeks here,” Mason said. “When you’re playing that amount of games in a short period of time, it gives you time to get into a rhythm. When you’re not getting a lot of practice time, it’s important to stay sharp with good habits during games.”
To look at Mason’s numbers, you’d think he’s not playing well. It’s been a difficult climb for him just to get his goals-against average under 3.00 and his save percentage over .900.
That goes back to the second game of the season in Florida when he insisted on playing while dealing with a difficult family situation at home. His head wasn’t in the game, yet he went out against the Panthers and allowed four goals in less than seven minutes on just eight shots.
He took a couple games off on personal leave, then returned and has had to rebuild his game from that point.
“I finally am feeling like myself,” he said. “It was definitely a tough start to the year mentally and emotionally. I feel at this point I’m happy with where my game’s at.”