Mason allowed six goals on 27 shots in Monday's Game 3 loss to the Capitals. This game served as a microcosm of the series so far, as not much has gone right for either Mason or the Flyers. To his credit, five of the goals came with Washington on the man advantage, but Mason is working on an unsightly 4.09 GAA and .852 save percentage in the playoffs -- both of which will have to improve if Philadelphia wants to avoid a sweep.
Mason will defend the net in Monday's Game 3 against the Capitals, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Despite letting in an atrocious goal in the team's 4-1 loss to the Capitals in Game 2, the Flyers will still stick with their main man in the crease. It seems unlikely Mason won't start even if he loses Game 3, but it's quite possible he won't see too many more starts before the club's season comes to a close.
Mason had a tough game Saturday, tweaking his groin and giving up a 101-foot goal in a 4-1 loss to the Capitals. He allowed four goals on 23 shots. Mason stayed in the game after he did the splits to stop John Carlson from in close early in the second period. Less than a minute later, Mason misplayed a shot from the other side of center that beat him five-hole. Ouch. He still made some brilliant sprawling saves later in the game, but was slow to pop back up. Mason will be hard to pry from the net in the postseason, but could be injured enough to impair his game. Advantage Caps ... even more.
Mason will start in the blue paint Saturday night for Game 2 against the Capitals. The Flyers were shut out in Game 1 on Thursday with Philly setting just 19 shots in the direction of Braden Holtby. Mason's fantasy prospects should be kept at bay until the Flyers show signs of waking up offensively. Still, that figures to be a tall order, as the Caps worked with the second-best defense in the league during the regular season.
Mason saved 29 of 31 shots in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Capitals in Game 1. Mason stuck in there as long as he could, but Philadelphia's 22nd-ranked offense couldn't provide any support for the netminder. If the Flyers are to compete in this series, the 27-year-old will need more support from his attack or it will be a short-lived postseason. The 2006 third-round pick is just 2-7 in his playoff career, which isn't promising.
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