David Pastrnak must have seen Steve Mason in his nightmares Wednesday night. With the Bruins up 4-2, Pastrnak had a chance to seal the game when Mason reached back and made an outstanding save on a wide-open net. The Flyers would come back to win the game 5-4 in overtime.
The best way to describe Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason’s ridiculous save on Boston Bruins young gun David Pastrnak Wednesday is this: the crew at NBCSN was so sure Pastrnak had scored, they changed the scoreboard.
With the Bruins leading 4-2 in Thursday’s contest, Pastrnak was found with a gorgeous cross-ice feed that left the net wide open for what could have been further insurance on a game that was close to won by Boston. Instead, Pastrnak fired the puck towards the open net and Mason reached back his glove, threw out his leg and somehow, some way, kept the puck from crossing the goal line:
NBCSN’s crew weren’t the only ones who thought Pastrnak had scored. Watch the 19-year-old Bruin after he fires the puck. He’s just about to raise his arms when he realizes, “Wait, that didn’t go in?”
The play did go to review to make sure Mason didn’t get a piece of the puck after it had crossed the goal line, but the review came back inconclusive, the call on the ice stood and Mason had a new highlight to add to his growing reel.
Mason’s stop, while incredible, served an even greater purpose, too. Little more than one minute after Mason’s save, Claude Giroux tallied for the Flyers to cut the Bruins’ lead to one. Less than three minutes after that, Wayne Simmonds labelled a shot for the top corner and tied the contest 4-4. In overtime, the Flyers sealed the deal as Giroux blasted a one-time for his second of the night and the game-winner.