Schenn scores in 3rd, Flyers beat Minnesota Wild 3-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The day after allowing six goals in a lopsided loss, Steve Mason was supposed to be given the night off.
Instead, he was thrown into injury relief duty and helped the Flyers pull out a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
Brayden Schenn scored the tiebreaking goal at 8:43 of the third period, and Brandon Manning and Michael Del Zotto also scored to help the Flyers snap a three-game skid.
Mason finished with 19 saves after replacing Michael Neuvirth, who stopped six of seven shots before leaving after the first period due to an apparent injury.
“It’s tiring being embarrassed game after game,” said Mason, who was in goal in a 6-3 loss at Toronto the previous night. “So you just try to find something to build off of. I just have to keep working here. You get two points here and you focus on the next task at hand and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
Mason’s last stop was a left pad save on Eric Staal in the closing seconds.
“It was a great save coming across,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said, “but that sense of urgency shouldn’t happen just in the last 3 minutes of the game.”
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said Mason, who had not won since Oct. 25, needed a game like this.
“I hope it continues to boost his confidence, but Mase has nothing to be embarrassed about,” Hakstol said. “He shows up and he battles hard every day. Things might not have gone as well as he would have.