Chris Mason Makes THN's Player of the Week

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The Hockey News’ player of the week for April 6 to April 12, 2009 is St. Louis Blues netminder Chris Mason, with special mention to Nikolai Khabibulin. 

Though a tough decision, with Khabibulin going 2-1-0, with a shutout against the No. 2-seeded Red Wings, the deciding factor was St. Louis’ Friday night game against Columbus. 

Ending the season with a bang, Mason, a Red Deer, Alta., native posted his sixth shutout of the season against Colorado on Sunday after moving ahead of the Blue Jackets to secure the sixth seed in the West.

The 32-year-old, who was acquired from Nashville for a fourth round pick in 2008, had a perfect week, going 3-0-0, with a 3.33 goals-against average and .969 save percentage against the likes of Phoenix, Columbus and Colorado.

The Blues, No. 1 in goals-against since the all-star break, are headed to the playoffs for the first time in five years, with huge thanks to Mason’s stellar play (2.41 GAA, .916 SP), and will face off against Roberto Luongo and his Canucks on Wednesday.


Mason was also Awarded the Player of the week for the Week of March 30


The choice for The Hockey News’ player of the week for March 23 to 29, 2009 was especially tough this week with a number of top-notch performances from players around the league.

The Sedin Bros., for instance, combined for seven goals, 17 points, were plus-12 and had three game winners in four games as Vancouver pushed Calgary for first in the Northwest. And Cam Ward posted a 3-0-0 mark with 1.32 goals-against average and .957 save percentage as Carolina makes a run for home ice in the post-season’s first round.

But with St. Louis finding itself in a playoff position Monday morning, we had to go with Blues goaltender Chris Mason, 32, who went 4-0-0 last week with a 1.72 GAA, .930 save percentage and a shutout.

The goal-less game came Tuesday against Los Angeles in a 22-save 4-0 victory. The Northwest-leading Canucks then visited the Blues Thursday and went home with 4-2 loss, led by Mason’s made 21-save effort.

St. Louis’ week ended with a home-and-home against Central-division rival Columbus, another playoff-bound team. Game 1 Saturday in St. Louis saw the Blues come away with a 4-3 victory, backstopped by Mason’s 23 saves. The teams were back on the ice about 18 hours later for Game 2 Sunday in Columbus. Mason made 26 saves en route to a 5-2 victory.

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