"All the President's Men" Edition - Nashville Predators @ Colorado Avalanche - 2pm
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02-18-2013, 06:58 PM
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Brodeur, Roy and Hasek had some stinkers during their career too. Does that excuse every poor goaltending performance in the history of the game?
Rinne doesn't get the same level of criticism on his off days, because he has a lot more good and great days to have EARNED more of a pass.
Mason (or any other backup) doesn't have to be great, but giving up 6 goals is pretty terrible for any goalie no matter how they were scored. He definitely earned the flak he took here today, and i'd bet that Mason himself would agree completely that he stunk up the net this afternoon.
Of course I think he's closer to the goalie we saw in Minnesota than the one in Colorado. If the team can go .500 over the course of a full season or even close to it with Mason in net, I call that a success. So there's still another 4-5 starts this year before we can make the definitive call on Chris Mason's Nashville return.
Mason had two bad goals against him today .. the kick in and the stuff in. The PP goal was one fans would like to have him save .. but the type screened play that gets in even against the elites enough that we keep screaming for our players to do the same type of thing every game. The other two real goals were complete lapses that put scorers in quality position with time and space to pick a spot and put an absolute laser where they wanted it. Then there was Duschene's off side play ... still a pretty good shot on a goalie, and team, that completely let up expecting a whistle.
We're ignoring that McGinn's goal was set up by what started with a hell of a play behind the net against our $14million star and great pass to a wide open shooter in the low slot. We're overlooking that we failed to account for Kobasew as he came onto the ice. Our PK was completely off to the defensive left with McGinn able to control Mason's ability to see the right point, and no pressure on either point before Barrie's shot that Mason reacts a fraction of a second late to.
The dismissal of Mason's play against the Wild overlooks that Minny has scored in regulation every single game this season ... something we can't claim. Mason held them to one goal in regulation each time ... something Jimmy Howard and Corey Crawford can't claim. The egg he left in the crease today doesn't taint his earlier solid play. If it does, we have to let the Yotes game taint Pekka's play in his last few starts.
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