Playing for respectability in the waning weeks of the strike-shortened 2013 season, the Flyers managed to hold off a late rally from the Rangers Tuesday night for their 19th win of the season.
The Flyers (19-21-3), 5 points behind the Rangers for 8th place in the Eastern Conference, were fresh off of a 7-3 smackdown of the Montreal Canadiens comming into the Wells Fargo Center for Tuesday's game. Expectations were not quite that high, however, considering the Flyers' inability in general this season to be good for long stretches for time, not to mention recent acquisition Steve Mason starting. Mason got the nod over Ilya Bryzgalov, who has started 38 of the Flyers' 43 games this season.
Mason, though, likely surprised a few with his performance. Up until midway through the third period, he had allowed only one goal, and would finish the game 38-for-40 on save attempts, making what seemed like great stop after great stop all game.
Mason got some help from his teamma...