(Kate Frese/Sports Talk Philly)
I feel sorry for Steve Mason.
The Flyers essentially rode his coattails to a lengthy winning streak, looking like a playoff contender with an established No. 1 goalie back in December.
But that was before the Flyers started to collapse through the end of December and into January. That was before Michal Neuvirth returned from injury on Jan. 7.
Once he did, Neuvirth started in goal for nine of the Flyers 11 games in February. Mason started the Flyers 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Feb. 9 and didn’t start another game until Feb. 28 when he shut out Colorado, 4-0, one day before the trade deadline.
Mason’s performance since that game has been admirable, especially given the circumstances.