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Red Wings-Blue Jackets: Steve Mason’s Playoff Baptism by Fire, on Ice

Published by on April 17, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Welcome to playoff hockey, Steve Mason.

Welcome to a world of pucks bouncing off thighs and arms and where your own teammate goes brain dead and flails at a shot with his glove in an ill-designed move.

Mason, the 20-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets goalie, made his playoff debut last night, and in 20 minutes in the middle frame, the kid found out what hockey in the postseason is all about—especially when your opponent is the Detroit Red Wings.

He found out that Tomas Holmstrom is such a force in front of the net that he causes preemptive efforts by the opposition to keep the puck from reaching the netminder.

I don’t know what else to say about Manny Malhotra’s feeble wave at Jo...

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