Flyers glad to earn a point in the Metro Division standings

ASSOCIATED PRESS Steve Mason withstood an onslaught by the Maple Leafs early in Saturday night's overtime loss.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Steve Mason withstood an onslaught by the Maple Leafs early in Saturday night's overtime loss.
Posted: March 11, 2014

TORONTO - Not all losses are considered a step backward. Take the Flyers' 4-3 overtime defeat in Toronto on Saturday night, for instance.

The Flyers, who have had more comebacks this season than Betty White, rallied to overcome late 2-0 and 3-2 deficits. They tied the score at 3-all on Braydon Coburn's clutch goal with 2 minutes, 32 seconds left in regulation and salvaged a hard-earned point.

"At the end of the day, we'll take the one big point and move on," Flyers goalie Steve Mason said.

Mason allowed two goals on the first four shots, then played brilliantly the rest of the way.

"We need to do a better job in front of him," center Claude Giroux said. "We made a couple mistakes, but every game, Mase makes those big saves to kind of keep us in the game."

The Flyers host their old pal, Jaromir Jagr, and the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, and coach Craig Berube has an interesting decision: Does he start Mason because the Flyers don't play again until Saturday against Pittsburgh, or give him a well-deserved night off and allow promising Cal Heeter to make his NHL debut?

Backup goalie Ray Emery, who has an apparent groin injury, is listed as doubtful for Tuesday.

The Devils are four points behind the Flyers in the tightly contested Metropolitan Division.

With just 18 regular-season games remaining for the Flyers, every point is critical. The New York Rangers scored a 3-0 win over Detroit on Sunday and slipped into second place in the Metropolitan, a point ahead of the Flyers.

The Flyers are 3-0-1 in their last four games, and only a sluggish start Saturday - they surrendered two goals in the first 3:38 against Toronto - prevented them from increasing their winning streak to four.

"We got a point . . . but for me, the first period has to be better," Berube said. "You can't come out flat like that."


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