"You know what? I wouldn’t mind a tie," the 27-year-old Mason told NJ.com following his 36-save performance. "At least that way you might feel a little better coming out of the game."
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Mason better get used to the new format, as the NHL has seen 18 of the 26 games (69.2 percent) that have ventured past regulation decided in overtime – rather than a shootout. Last season, 136 of the 306 such contests (44.4) were decided in overtime.
Zemgus Girgensons soured Mason’s mood by beating the netminder between the pads on a breakaway at 2:29 of overtime. The winning goal came mere moments after Sam Gagner nearly sealed the win for Philadelphia following a 2-on-1 rush.
The Flyers have gone the extra mile in half of their eight games in 2015-16. Philadelphia suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay in its season opener, outslugged the Boston Bruins with a 5-4 OT triumph on Wednesday and posted a 3-2 shootout victory versus the New York Rangers three days later.
Mason, who owns a 2-2-2 mark with a 3.43 goals-against average, may need to simmer down as Philadelphia returns to action against the Metropolitan Division-rival New Jersey Devils on Thursday. The Ontario native is 0-6-0 with a 3.78 GAA in his career versus the Devils.