"You're playing a team game, and everybody is involved," coach Craig Berube said after he put the Flyers through a rare practice Sunday on the same day as the Flyers Wives Carnival. "Everybody's got to do better."
Berube thinks Mason's confidence has dipped.
"I think there are parts of his game, like our team, where he looks pretty good," said Berube, whose team will take a four-game losing streak into Tuesday's game against visiting Detroit. "But when things go wrong, or something happens, the confidence level drops."
Mason, 25, whose rebound control has slipped, said "there have been a couple of bad bounces, a couple of goals I would have liked to have stopped. It's just about getting back to making the saves I need to. I've been working hard to find a solution, and the only way I'm going to get out of this little funk is to keep working hard."
Asked if there was one area of his game that needed improvement, Mason said: "I'd like to improve everything. When you're not having success, it's easy to overthink things, and I try not to do that. . . . Unfortunately, we haven't had a whole lot of that [practice] time, so right now, after today's practice, it was good to feel good out there."
Berube put the Flyers through a hard practice in Voorhees that included lots of skating drills.
"I think we expected this after our last few games," Mason said. "It's good. We needed it. We needed a good pace out there. We needed the guys to work hard. I'm pretty happy with everybody's effort out there."
The Flyers are hoping they rebound from Saturday's 6-1 loss to Boston the way they did when they were embarrassed by Washington, 7-0, on Nov. 1. After that defeat, they went on a 7-1-2 run.
"We've been our own worst enemies," Mason said. "The reason we haven't been having successes is because we haven't been working hard enough. When you're playing against the teams we have recently - teams that are playing for playoff spots within our own division - we shouldn't have trouble getting up for games like that, and we just haven't done a good enough job.
"The only good news is, we have a solution - and it's hard work. Today was a good start."
The Flyers have surrendered an average of 36 shots in the last six games.
"We've just been getting hemmed in our own zone," Mason said, adding that the Flyers need to have everybody "on the same page, playing their roles night in and night out."
The 37th Flyers Wives Carnival, with Johanna Timonen (wife of defenseman Kimmo Timonen) and Erin Cody (fiancée of winger Matt Read) serving as chairwomen, was held before 8,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center. . . . At practice, Zac Rinaldo (high-ankle sprain) skated and was able to take contact.