As Steve Mason was helped off the ice and into the Flyers locker room, you could see the vital signs disappear for good on the Flyers 2014-15 season. The playoff hopes had flat-lined, plateaued. Without Mason, it would finally be over.
From the start of Sunday's game, the Flyers showed a team that still had a pulse, despite what the standings showed. After their resilient win over the Capitals on Sunday, perhaps the Flyers playoff push is as alive as ever.
On Wednesday, I said the Flyers needed two wins - or four points - in the next three games to truly keep their playoff hopes afloat at all. They stole a point from the Islanders thanks to Mason. On Sunday, in a must-win game against the Capitals - a team now ahead of the Flyers by 12 points - they earned two points in Mason's absence.
There was no winning this game in overtime. Giving the Capitals any kind of points would certainly be the Flyers demise as well. Sunday's win might be the Flyers most impressive of the season for their resilience alone.