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10th: Mason makes 31 saves in his first playoff appearance

Saturday, 03.29.2008 / 5:20 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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10th: Mason makes 31 saves in his first playoff appearance
April 21, 2006

Thrust into the starter’s role with an injury to Tomas Vokoun, Chris Mason made the most of his first career playoff start, stopping 31 shots to lead the Predators to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks and a 1-0 lead in their 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

On the other end of the rink, the power-play unit made the most of its opportunities, notching all four Nashville goals. Paul Kariya served as the contingent’s catalyst, assisting on all four markers to set a franchise record for points in a playoff game that still stands today.

"There's no question the power play has been an impactful part of our game all year, and tonight it showed it's worth," head coach Barry Trotz said.

Nashville fell behind 1-0 just 4:12 into the game, but came storming back with goals by Mike Sillinger, Shea Weber and Martin Erat before the conclusion of the first period. San Jose cut the lead to 3-2 in the second period, then tied it midway through the third. A too many men on the ice penalty against the Sharks one minute later set the stage for Adam Hall's deflection goal at 12:06 that put Nashville ahead by the final score of 4-3.

Mason’s best stops came during a final San Jose barrage in the last minute of regulation when the Sharks pulled their goaltender and threw all they had at the Predators.

"It was just crazy," Mason said. "You know once they get it in the zone, their guys are so big they get it down low and they keep moving it around. They get it back and put it on net. Someone came across and knocked my stick out, so Dan Hamhuis had to give me his. We were just scrambling. When the buzzer went it was just relief."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61