Flyers Notes: Mason emerging as No. 1 goalie

Steve Mason makes a save against the Panthers. The Flyers goalie has a 2.02 goals-against average and .935 save percentage this season.
Steve Mason makes a save against the Panthers. The Flyers goalie has a 2.02 goals-against average and .935 save percentage this season. (RON CORTES / Staff Photographer)
Posted: October 11, 2013

New coach Craig Berube said the Flyers goaltending competition was ongoing, but the numbers strongly suggest that Steve Mason has become the front-runner.

Mason, 25, has started three of the four games and has a 2.02 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. He's looking like the goalie who excelled in a seven-game stint with the Flyers late last season.

Ray Emery, 31, gave up four goals and had an .882 save percentage in one start.

Berube said that the Flyers will "need both guys. There's lots of games, lots of back-to-back games."

The goalies figure to divide the next two games - Friday against visiting Phoenix, and Saturday at Detroit.

New digs

For the first time, the Flyers on Wednesday used their new state-of-the-art locker room, which includes an oversize puck (with Flyers logo) as a ceiling light, as part of a reported $4 million facelift to their Voorhees practice facility.

"It's awesome. You walk in and, just like a new house, you feel proud to be part of an organization that spends millions and millions of dollars to make you feel more comfortable," winger Scott Hartnell said. "It's nice we got a win last night and to come in here in a good mood, where everyone has a smile on their face rather than 0-4 and a lot of questions need to be answered."

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