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Mason insists recent struggles haven’t sapped confidence

Steve Mason

Philadelphia Flyers’ Steve Mason cannot block a goal by Columbus Blue Jackets’ Cam Atkinson during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


The Philadelphia Flyers offense seems to have woken up just in time for goaltender Steve Mason to go cold. He’s allowed 10 goals in his last three starts and has a 3.23 GAA and .890 save percentage in eight contests this month.

“Last month I had an extremely sharp game and it hasn’t been sharp in recent games and we’ve gone over a lot of video and (goalie coach Jeff Reeese) has reinforced it’s still a very simple game,” Mason told CSN Philly.

It’s not unusual for a good goaltender to have a bad month, but with Mason every rough patch is a source of dread. Although he’s been great with the Philadelphia Flyers, he’s still not that far removed from his years of struggles with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Mason insists his confidence hasn’t suffered and he’s still gotten at least a point out of each of his last five starts.

“There’s no panic going on,” Reeese said. “We want to get him back to being consistent. That’s what we are looking for.”

Ray Emery will play between the pipes against the Blue Jackets tonight while Mason is expected to start on Monday versus Minnesota.

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