Flyers Notes: Mason hopes Berube's system will benefit Flyers goalies

Steve Mason
Steve Mason
Posted: October 12, 2013

Since being named Flyers coach, Craig Berube has started implementing a defensive-oriented system, one that Steve Mason hopes will benefit him and his goalie partner, Ray Emery.

"That's the ultimate goal," Mason said after Thursday's high-paced practice in Voorhees. "We're trying to clean things up and make sure our in-zone plays are more calm and less scrambly than in the first few games and, obviously, in preseason. I think everybody felt that we were running around, and when you're doing that, things become a lot more difficult."

Mason said the coaching change doesn't affect the goalies as much because they still report to Jeff Reese, the goalie coach.

"We have our own individual coach, and Chief obviously makes the final decision on who plays the game," said Mason, referring to Berube by his nickname. "Other than that, we don't deal with the head coach that often."

Mason is off to an impressive start, a 2.02 goals-against average and .935 save percentage; it is a carryover from his strong seven-game stint after the Flyers acquired him late last season from Columbus.

"I feel really confident with my game. It was nice to come in here at the end of last season and start building a foundation," he said. "It was something to build off of, and that carried through the summer with a positive mind-set and into training camp."

Mason said he takes each game "TV timeout by TV timeout, so it's roughly seven minutes [before each break], and that's how I break down my game. I find it's more manageable that way. You kind of have your seven minutes of focus, and then you go to the bench and get your drink and then refocus after that."

On Friday, Mason is expected to get the start against the visiting Coyotes, whom Mason calls a "meat-and-potatoes" team. "They try to grind it down as much as possible, and through their hard work, that's how they create their chances."

Phoenix will be playing its second game in as many nights, having beaten Detroit on Thursday.

Breakaways. Entering Thursday, defenseman Nick Grossmann led the NHL with 15 blocked shots, and Zac Rinaldo had a league-high 24 hits. . . . The Flyers are 27th in the league with a 10.5 percent (2-for-19) success rate on the power play.

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