The National Hockey League has selected Predators goaltender Chris Mason as its "second star" for the week of Dec. 11-17. Mason went 4-0-0 during the period, including a shutout, a shootout win (he stopped all three shootout attempts) and a road overtime win, allowing just five goals in the four games.
Mason opened the week with a 38-save performance in a 3-2 win over Edmonton on Tuesday. He then recorded his second shutout of the season, making 22 saves in Nashville's 6-0 win over Ottawa on Thursday. On Saturday evening, Mason recorded 33 saves and three shootout saves as the Predators edged St. Louis 3-2. And on Sunday, Mason allowed just one goal, making 22 saves as the Predators came from behind to top the Blues 2-1 in overtime. In all, Mason stopped 115 of 120 shots faced during the four games.
Mason has now started 12 consecutive games for the Predators since goaltender Tomas Vokoun suffered a thumb injury on Nov. 23. Mason is 8-3-1 in those 12 starts, having allowed just 26 goals. He has already appeared in 18 games this season, just five shy of his career high (23, last season).
Each week during the regular season, the National Hockey League names a first, second and third star based on that week's best league-wide performances.