It’s normal for a team’s captain or locker room leader to speak out
about his team’s performance or effort after a disappointing loss. When
it’s the goaltender that calls out his teammates — well, that’s a bit
The St. Louis Blues surrendered yet another third period to the
Nashville Predators on Thursday, and wasn’t happy about the players in
Per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, here is what
Mason had to say after the game:
“I’m definitely not going to single anybody out, but some
guys showed up and worked as hard as they could and some guys didn’t,”
Mason said. “When you’re in a desperate situation like we are, we need
everybody to come and compete, and we didn’t have that.”
you can really fault Mason with here. While it’s not normal for a
goaltender to call out his teammates, Mason was justified in this case.
Even his teammates agree.
“Definitely,” he said. “Mase
made some big saves when we needed them. He
was there; he was pretty solid. There were some times, some
opportunities, we didn’t battle hard enough. He’s a guy that battles
every night. He’s got a right to say that. He’s not a yeller or screamer
or anything, but he tries to get his point across. He definitely speaks
up when he needs to.”
It’d be unfortunate if Mason
just being honest and telling it like it is would cause a rift in the
locker room, but the hope is that sentiments expressed to the press are
also being shared in the locker room.
I know some fans would just hope that the players wouldn’t air dirty laundry in public like this, but there are times when publicly calling out the team is needed. Besides, if you were the goaltender and doing anything and everything possible to keep your playoff hopes alive, and the team in front of you looked like they could care less — you’d be a bit angry yourself.