Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I'm still buzzing over Steve Mason's impressive outing from last night. I know it was only one game, but the way he battled through his cramps, the Vancouver offense and his own inner demons was remarkable. He stopped 30 of 31 shots, a .968 save percentage. WOW.
Blue Jackets fans have been harsh in the past on Mase, and rightfully so. There have been times where his play probably wouldn't be good enough for the AHL, let alone the NHL. But last night, the 23-year-old (yeah, he's only 23) was up to the challenge. Welcome back!
When Mase is on, he's a beast in goal. He's huge. He's fast. It's easy to see why general manager Scott Howson won't give up on him.
Let's hope that this break - combined with the change in coaching philosophy employed by coach Scott Arniel, who now embraces the idea of employing a defense - has him on a positive trajectory. The team sure can use a lot more of what we witnessed last night.
Feel free to add your own comments on Mase's showing from last night.