Dusk til Dawn: 2008-09 Steve Mason keeps Flyers afloat

Casey Ippolito
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Sure, that Batkid story was insanely heartwarming, but you paid so much attention to it that you forgot about the 10 NHL games last night. What happened to your priorities? Here’s the condensed version of last night’s events.

Essential Water Cooler

Even though the Philadelphia Flyers lost in a shootout Friday night to the Jets, it looks as though they’ve turned the corner on the back of great goaltending. The Flyers earned five of six points on the road this week and thanks to a lousy Metropolitan Division, their playoff hopes are alive. The biggest positive in Philly this year has been Steve Mason, who was spectacular against Winnipeg. He turned aside 36 of 38 shots and wrangled the loser point for his team almost singlehandedly.

Primetime Play

We all know mules are sturdy animals capable of hard labor, but apparently they can also snipe from sharp angles.

Men of the Night

James Neal, Pittsburgh: In his third game back from injury, the ‘Real Deal’ scored one and set up another to help the Penguins over the Predators 4-1.

Steve Ott, Buffalo: The super-pest captain of the Sabres notched a goal and an assist for his first multi-point game since March 19, as the Swords downed the Leafs 3-1.

Johan Franzen, Detroit: The offspring of a male donkey and a female horse registered a point on all three Red Wings goals as the Wings fell in a shootout to the Caps.

Ben Scrivens, Los Angeles: Two wins in as many nights for L.A.’s secondary netminder, as the Kings shut out the sluggish Devils, whose best forward was drafted in 1990.

Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg: Two power play goals for ‘Big Buff’ as the Jets squeaked by the Flyers in a shootout.

Jason Spezza, Ottawa: The Sens scored four unanswered goals to beat the Bruins and ‘The Spez Dispenser’ led the way with a goal and an assist.

Steve Mason, Philadephia: See “Essential Water Cooler” above.

Joe Thornton, San Jose: California’s best team toppled the Oilers 3-1 and ‘Jumbo Joe’ had an assist on every goal.

Better Luck Next Time

When you’re between the pipes for just your third NHL game, you’re looking to do all the little things right to make an impression. That considered, perhaps Nashville’s Marek Mazanec shouldn’t have ducked out of the way of a Brandon Sutter wrister. A goaltender dodging the puck. What a concept.