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Flyers chairman Snider slams NHL's Olympic after Philadelphia beats Colorado 3-1

Steve Mason and the Flyers are playing their best hockey of the season heading into the Olympic break.It's a break team chairman Ed Snider would love to abolish.Mason stopped 38 shots, and Mark Streit and Michael Raffl scored goals, leading the Philadelphia Flyers past the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Thursday night.Mason blanked Detroit 5-0 on Jan. 28 and stopped the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Feb. 1. He was only 2:50 away from his fourth shutout of the season, and third in five games, when Nathan MacKinnon beat him for his 21st goal of the season. Mason stopped his first 33 shots.Mason, who signed a three-year extension last month, has been the key reason the Flyers have been able to hang around in the Eastern Conference playoff race.With one game left before the break, the Flyers' recent spurt could stall because of the Olympics."I hate them," said Snider, the Flyers founder.He added: "It's ridiculous, the whole thing is ridiculous. I don't care if it was in Philadelphia, I wouldn't want...

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