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

Saturday, 03.29.2008 / 6:20 PM / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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