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Mason Shining Despite Season's Dim Start

Amidst the worst start to a season in Flyers franchise history (1-7-0), silver linings have been hard to come by, but one unexpected player has silenced critics early in the young season.

Coming into the season, the Flyers planned to split the goaltending duties between Steve Mason, who the Flyers traded for back on April 3, and offseason acquisition Ray Emery.

While Emery struggled in the two games he started against Montreal and Detroit, Mason has done the opposite and shown that he is capable of winning the full time starting job.

(Photo: Goalie Steve Mason makes a save against the Penguins on Thursday. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Flyers Woes Continue After 4-1 Loss to Pittsburgh

The Philadelphia Flyers offered up what has been status quo this season by scoring just one goal in a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday evening.

For the Flyers, breakdowns were the name of the game. Three of Pittsburgh's four goals, empty-netter notwithstanding, resulted directly from bad breakdowns.

After a scoreless first period, the Penguins opened the floodgates first.

Michael Raffl and Kimmo Timonen could not clear the zone, leading to a turnover. A quick snap feed from Evgeni Malkin found blazing hot Jussi Jokinen who sniped home his fourth of the season to make it 1-0.

(Photo: Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds attempts to score in close on Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Gameday vs Phoenix: Flyers Going For Two In A Row

The Flyers picked up their first win of the season under new head coach Craig Berube by defeating the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. Having started the year 0-3-0, now seems as good of a time as ever to pick get closer to .500 by playing a team coming off of a back-to-back situation in Phoenix.

Mason Steals One For the Chief

Adjustments to the new system need to be made but the Flyers pulled off the win for Craig Berube in his NHL coaching debut.

The Flyers held onto a 2-1 victory over the Panthers thanks to a fantastic effort from netminder Steve Mason. Mason stopped 33 shots in the win, which was Philadelphia's first of the season.

Berube, who also made an impressive debut in his first press conference, was blunt about the impact of the win.

"It’s over, we’re worried about practice and improving," Berube said after the game. "This is just one win and there’s plenty of games left in the season and we need to focus on winning all the games we can the rest of the season."

(Photo: Steve Mason makes a save in the first period. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Laughton's Demotion Will Serve Him Well

Yesterday, center Scott Laughton returned to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL for the second consecutive year. However, last year's stay lasted a full five games, and this time around, zero.

19-year-old Laughton failed to crack the lineup in favor of forwards Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. If he could not beat Rosehill or Hall in the lineup, why keep him around?

Flyers Drop Season Opener to Leafs

The Flyers aren't the only team in the NHL with two goalies battling for the lion's share.

Jonathan Bernier was making his debut for Toronto and he wanted to impress. He did just that, stymieing the Flyers in his Maple Leafs debut - a 3-1 victory in Philadelphia.

Bernier made 31 saves in the game. The only goal the Flyers got by him came late in the first period.

(Photo: Scott Hartnell is stopped by Jonathan Bernier in the second period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

2013 Flyers Preview: Wingers

Back when Flyers centers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were dealt to Los Angeles, it was to clear an overabundance at the center position to bring in true, talented wingers.

Those trades hauled in two very important wingers in Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds, setting the stage towards finding legitimate, true wingers.

While there may not be a significant amount of transition from last year to this year in terms of wingers, losing veteran returners Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble to free agency opened two spots for the Flyers' youth to earn.

Many of the incumbent wingers will be wearing orange and black for the next several seasons.

(Photo: Flyers RW Jakub Voracek has a lot to smile about heading into this season, including being a top-line winger on a high-scoring team. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

2013 Flyers Preview: Centers

The Philadelphia Flyers may have one of the deepest center combinations in the entire National Hockey League.

Captain Claude Giroux had a “subpar” lockout shortened year, but still registered 48 points in just as many games. Giroux is just a year removed from a career-high of 28 goals, 93 points and it would not be out of the realm of possibility that he eclipses both this season.

With more players able to play the penalty kill, it seems likely that Giroux will get less time on the PK, opening him up to doing what he does best: playmaking.

(Photo: Flyers captain Claude Giroux will man the top line again this season. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Rinaldo Injured In First Preseason Game

Flyers left winger Zac Rinaldo was injured in the Flyers preseason debut, a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in London, Ontario at the Budweiser Gardens, the home arena of the OHL's London Knights.

Rinaldo took a vicious hit in the second period, and will be day-to-day with an upper-body injury, general manager Paul Holmgren said.

The Flyers got goals from Doug Clarkson, the younger brother of Toronto's David Clarkson, Brayden Schenn and Nick Cousins.

Finding A Goalie: Should the Flyers Go After Ryan Miller or Save the Money

Just one day after buying out Ilya Bryzgalov, the Philadelphia Flyers are already being linked to a netminder that could replace Bryzgalov.

According to Josh Rimer of Sportsnet, the Flyers are discussing a potential deal involving Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. It is unclear what stage the talks are currently in but it appears that there is significant interest from both sides.

Miller posted a 17-17-5 record with a 2.81 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage during the 2012-2013 season. Over his career, the American goalie has a 269-164 record with a 2.59 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage. The American netminder made $6.25 million this past season and carries a similar price tag to Bryzgalov.

Miller was the 138th overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft out of Michigan State and has played with the Sabres for all 11 seasons of his professional career. The former Spartan was a member of the silver medal United States team in the 2010 Winter Olympics and was the MVP of the tournament.