Steve Mason's status was anything but certain heading into Tuesday's game. The Flyers goalie had been recovering from injury, and it appeared Thursday would be his chance to return.
Sometimes, plans change. 5:50 into the game, Craig Berube had seen enough of Ray Emery.
The Coyotes opened a 2-0 lead in the first 5:50 of the game, when Berube turned to Mason. The Flyers scored the next three goals to erase the early deficit, but a late second-period goal by Arizona would set the stage for overtime and the dreaded shootout.
Once again, Wayne Simmonds played hero, scoring in the third round to give the Flyers a 4-3 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.