Mason on Thrashers’ penalty woes

The Thrashers fell behind early in Friday’s 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay and penalties were the reason. The Lightning turned four power-play chances in the first period into two goals.

Here’s goaltender Chris Mason’s take on the issue:

“I think it’s one of those things that’s mental right now because it’s something we stress before every game. We are shooting ourselves in the foot by taking these penalties and  falling behind early. We’ve had a couple of comebacks but that’s definitely not going to happen, as we’ve seen the last two games. You get behind and it’s too hard to come back on teams. It’s something that’s been addressed, it just can’t happen anymore.”

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Poor Ol' Family Man

October 23rd, 2010
10:34 am

It’s not just the penalties providing PP opportunities for the other team. It’s the absolute FAILURE to capitalize on our own PP opportunities. This isn’t rocket science, yet I’m amazed at how often we have a man advantage, but we’re the ones who look like we’re down a man! All TB did the entire game was pressure the puck. Send ONE guy after the puck and whoever our player was would act *surprised*, fumble it around, act like they don’t know what to do with it and ultimately turn it over. And standing around watching the action like they’re fans instead of players has to stop! I’d rather see turnovers and even lose games because we’re playing too aggressively instead of this passive nonsense.

We had a 5 on 3 and looked like we had 3 and TB had 5 on ice. You can’t blame a lack of desire or poor performance on the fans (or absence of them), even if that is a convenient excuse. Play like an NHL hockey team and the fans get excited and want to come watch. If this kind of emotion-less play continues much longer, then there will soon be nights of 5,000 or less in attendance…That would be the beginning of the end of NHL hockey in ATL……I’m afraid Ramsay played the “I’m the Coach and you’re the Players, and it’s my way or the highway” card way too soon. You don’t play that one 6 games into your first season. Now he has nothing else in his hand that’s worth anything except cutting players (the highway). But a revolving door of players never solved anything.

This is a very sad thing to watch.


October 23rd, 2010
5:42 pm

When the powerplay consist of rimming the puck around the boards one cannot expect to see solid chances. Look at the point men, they are facing each other, thus it is impossible to take a one timer when you face away from the net. The basic fundamentals are missing on this team, there is no plan to get the puck to the net, just many missed shots and way too many passes. When the team has a 5 on 3 and manage only 1 shot in over 1 minute there are big issues at hand!


October 23rd, 2010
5:49 pm

Someone help me… is Chris Mason this bad?

I’m a victim of the dish network/fox sports drama and I have a newborn at home so haven’t been watching the games.

I did however, catch the “highlights” on NHL network last night. Those were some awful goals. Is that why Pavelec was starting opening night? Is that why St. Louis didn’t try to re-sign him?

In a way, I hope it’s that simple though I doubt it is. I wish I could see with my own eyes how the team has played in front of him. It sounded like (on the radio) he kept them in those games on the west coast. This Dish Network thing is killing me.

So, someone tell me… is he that bad?


October 23rd, 2010
11:15 pm

No, he’s not.

Poor Ol' Family Man

October 23rd, 2010
11:50 pm

It depends on what you expected. If you expected a top-tier goalie, then he has yet to prove that to me. In Mason’s defense, he has been peppered with pucks as his teammates inexplicably just skate up and stop near the crease and then look at each other like a 3rd baseman, shortstop and left fielder all tracking a high fly ball……then it just drops right in the middle of them and they simply stare at each other like, “I thought you had it!” So it probably isn’t fair to grade Mason until those silly episodes pass and he has some real (consistent) defensive help in front of the goal.

I have noticed weird little things like he’ll be sprawled out attempting a save, but have one of his legs stuck INSIDE of the net. In fact, a goal was scored on him like that the other night. Then again, Mannino looked like a Super Hero when he replaced Mason……Right up until he was laid out on the ice in an absolutely terrible position and then displayed the reflexes of a three-toed sloth. It was also a GOAL!

I thought it was a foregone conclusion that Mason was the #1 goalie and Pavs the backup. But I read somewhere (after Pavs’ fainting spell on opening night) that Mason is the backup goalie?!? If true, then I have a very uneasy feeling about our strength in goal. Here, I found it:

“Even though they signed Chris Mason over the summer, the Thrashers believe Pavelec has the potential to develop into the sort of topflight goalie the team has lacked for its entire NHL history…..Mason has taken over as the No. 1 goalie for the Thrashers, who are on a four-game road trip after opening at home against the Capitals.”

Mason was spotted sporting his flashy new Thrashers cap after being chased the other night…..Still looked brand new.


October 24th, 2010
12:33 am

On Mason, he has played good but not great, meaning he has not stolen a win for the team. He makes the initial saves most of the time but the second and third shot is what goes into the net. Goaltending has been an issue since day one with the franchise, there have been bright spots but not many. In my opinion when Pasi was lost after the lockout that really started the spiral for that position. If he stayed he could have mentored Kari and who knows what would have happened?

Did not catch the game on radio tonight but to fight and get a point is positive…