Fresh off a trip to the All-Star Game in Columbus, Jake Voracek said the Flyers needed to win 25 of the remaining 34 games this season to feel like they had a chance at the playoffs. The Flyers opened that stretch on Tuesday night against Arizona with a 4-3 shootout win.
It was only the beginning for the Flyers, who have spent the entire season hovering the fine line between NHL bottomfeeder and borderline playoff contender. Not much is going to change about that over the final two months of the season.
For so much of the 2014-15 season, Steve Mason has been the key to success for the Flyers. The goalie that practically carried the team through the early portion of the season had been sidelined for six games prior to Tuesday night.
Mason wasn't the starter on Tuesday night, but he might as well get credit for one. Mason played 59:02 in goal, taking over for Ray Emery after 5:50, and didn't show any signs of rust.
In all, Mason made 25 saves - 22 in game action plus three more in the shootout - as the Flyers managed to rally from an early deficit for a 4-3 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes.
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.