I mean first of all, let's just acknowledge that it takes a very unique and special type of person who says, "sure, I'll put some pads on, stand on ice skates and let a bunch of very angry men shoot a very hard, cold object, 3 inches in diameter directly AT ME." When I watch someone in goal, I really don't know how they do it...the job is rediculous hard and its also a very fine line between hero and scapegoat.
I think that a goalie truly is a rather unique combination of emotional, physical and mental strength, and its too easy to look past what these folks take on in their job. After 3 goals were scored on Steve in the last 3.5 minutes of the game, he then had to stand there, one on one for a shoot out. I personally can guarantee that I couldn't get my head in the right place to handle something like that (nor could I get down in the what is basically the splits to stop a goal or two...or three!). With last night's victory, the Jackets are posting the best season record ever and the city is starting to take notice. Its a great time to be a Jackets fan and I think Steve Mason is a huge part of that.
As we like to say "ALL HAIL MASON!"