Well I think it is safe to say that the Flyers have finally found their goaltender of the future after years of inadequacy at the position. Steve Mason had an excellent regular season going 33-18-7. Mason allowed 145 Goals on 1,751 Shots. He made 1606 Saves en route to a 2.50 Goals Against Average and a .917 Save Percentage. He chipped in 4 Shutouts and had 10 Penalty Minutes. Not bad for a 25 year old goalie who used to play for a porous Columbus Blue Jackets where he actually won the rookie of the year award. However, since coming to the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline last year, in what seemed like a minor deal, Mason has been nothing less than spectacular. That is until the first round of these playoffs. Mason had to sit out the first two games against the Rangers due to a concussion from the cheap shot artists Pittsburgh Penguins.
However, Mason played the rest of the series and he was even better than spectacular. "STONE COLD STEVE MASON." He was lights out in this series. He was out of this world. He was Dominik Hasek. He was Patrick Roy. He was Martin Brodeur. Hell, he was Bernie Parent. Steve Mason stood on his head the entire series and almost single handedly carried the Flyers on his back to a Round 1 Win. If not for Mason in the final games, the series would have never made it to seven games. The numbers only tell half of the story. Mason was 2-2, and allowed 8 Goals in Five Games, sporting a 1.97 Goals Against Average, a .937 Save Percentage and stopped 123 of 131 Shots. These are unbelievable numbers. However, they do not come close to the statement that Mason made in these playoffs. He was Dominik Hasekesk. He was Patrick Royesk!!!! Steve Mason was literally a one man wrecking crew and almost ship recked the New York Rangers. He made one spectacular save after the other and somehow got better with each game. I would say the Rangers had at least 25 Quality Chances in Game 7 and Mason stopped everything but the kitchen sink.
So now when you are watching the Rangers and Penguins, you can find solace in our goalie of the future. Steve Mason, you stole our hearts. You almost took the New York Rangers hearts. Your Glove was made of steel. Your stick was made of iron. All the while, you did your best impression of Super Man. You emulated Bernie Parent. You reminded Hockey fans of Patrick Roy or Dominik Hasek. You were the ultimate weapon. I don't know about you but I can't wait until this team can assemble a playoff defense in front of Mason. The Flyers will surely win a Cup. Steve Mason, thanks for all of the memories. You made enough saves in one series to compare to many goalies entire careers. Steve Mason, we thank you and GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have arrived. The Flyers Stud Goaltender has finally arrived. I never thought I would live to see the day. And somewhere, Ron Hextall is watching YouTube and getting very excited. Until next time, this is Jason Voorhees for Philly Rock Radio.