Youd never know it by the way Steve Mason was diving and lunging and contorting himself Tuesday night in Minnesota, especially in the second period, but hes actually trying to cut down on unnecessary movements around his net.
Obviously, the key word there is unnecessary. At the Xcel Energy Center Tuesday, every one of those moves was necessary to keep his Blue Jackets team in a tight game. Particularly spectacular were the saves he made on Matt Cullens one-time redirect from the left circle and Zach Parises wraparound attempt at the right doorstep. You do what you have to as a goaltender, and thats what Mason was doing, battling hard and not giving up on any shot.
When game conditions allow, though, Mason says hes feeling comfortable with the tweak in his playing style, which basically comes down to the adage that less is more.
Yeah, Ive worked a lot on cutting down unnecessary movement that just wastes energy, said the former NHL rookie of the year. Im focusing on simplifying thin...