Hours later, the memory of what happened on Tuesday night in Columbus remains a bitter end to a night where the Flyers almost escaped with two points.
With a two-goal lead and under 90 seconds to play, it was the Flyers to lose. Somehow, they found a way, the sixth time this season the Flyers have surrendered the tying or game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation.
There was one Flyer that didn't lose that game. Steve Mason was working on back-to-back wins and he deserved as much.
Even if the Flyers as a whole got the fate they deserved on Tuesday night, Mason proved that he is more than ready for the task ahead. With Michal Neuvirth out for the rest of the regular season, Mason has to shoulder the workload. Facing the first of four remaining back-to-backs, Mason carried his team to one win, then shouldered about as much as any goaltender could before it all came crashing down.
It was certainly impressive enough to vanquish any doubts that may be left in the netminder. As good as Neuvirth was this season, this is Mason's team to carry, and he showed he can handle the workload coming.