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Mason Returns; Steals Show In Game 4

Imagine Steve Mason as Robin Hood: stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Now imagine Henrik Lundqvist as a king, which shouldn't be too hard to do. If the Flyers were going to steal a game from Lundqvist and the Rangers, it was going to happen with Mason in net.

Mason made his first start in two weeks, stopping 37 shots in the process of beating the Rangers 2-1 on Friday. It evened the series and gave the Flyers new life heading into New York.

(Photo: Steve Mason makes a diving stick save on Ryan McDonagh at the end of the second period. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1: Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers

By virtue of finishing third place in the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers have drawn the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers and Rangers split their season series, with both teams winning twice on home ice.

Flyers Defense Having a Better Season Than Expected

Coming into this season, hopes were not high for the defensemen on the Flyers roster.

Between Kimmo Timonen aging, Andrej Meszaros struggling, and the seemingly odd Mark Streit signing, fans had a lot of questions and concerns.

Fast forward to April and no one has been questioning the defense of this Flyers team. Timonen no longer looks his age, Meszaros was sent to Boston, and Streit has been able to play a lot of minutes.

(Photo: N0. 8 Nicklas Grossmann battles in the front of goalie Ray Emery with St. Louis' Alexander Steen on Tuesday. Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Come Up Short to Devils

The Flyers, and seemingly everyone else in the Wells Fargo Center, thought they had just completed yet another third period comeback.

With 40.1 seconds left and goaltender Steve Mason sitting on the bench for an extra attacker, it appeared that the Flyers had tied the game at two; however, the goal was immediately waived off by the referee who explained that the goal was disallowed due to contact made by Scott Hartnell with Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.

After a review, the call stood and amid a chorus of boos, the final 40 seconds ticked off the clock and ended a disappointing game for the Flyers in which they dropped 2-1 to the Devils on Tuesday.

Flyers Embarrassed At Home By Bruins

Steve Mason's new goalie mask is a perfect representation of the Flyers.

His new mask has images of some of his teammates in zombie form. And much like his mask depicts, the Flyers resemble the walking dead.

The Flyers turned in another mediocre performance, losing 6-1 in embarrassing fashion to the Bruins at home. The loss expanded the Flyers losing streak to four games as well as losses in seven of their last nine games.

(Photo: Steve Mason leans on his stick in the first period. AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Varlamov Out-Duels Mason in Colorado

Steve Mason was every bit as good as he's been so far this season, which earned him first half stud honors.

But Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov was just a tiny bit better. Varlamov stopped 29 shots, the same as Mason, but allowed only one to get by him in a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Thursday.

A rare lapse in the mind of Sean Couturier, who also received honors in our report card, set up Colorado's first goal.

Midseason Report Card

John Russo and Jordan Kuhns made their picks for midseason report card awards. On some categories they agreed rather civilly. But on others, the disagreement couldn't have been any more clear.

That is why they had to put their differences aside and work together to bring to you some of the Flyers' studs, duds, and surprises among other things through the first 41 games of the 2013-14 season.

At 20-17-4, and second place in the Metro Division with 44 points, there were certainly a lot to choose from.

(Photo: Steve Mason has been the Flyers best player in the first half. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Hold Off Caps

The Flyers were intent on not blowing a three-goal lead for a second straight time to Washington.

Philadelphia scored four unanswered goals to beat Washington, 5-2, Tuesday night. It evened their record to 15-15-4 on the season, and their second win in the last six games.

“Guys talked about not letting that happen again," Matt Read said. "We just amped ourselves up in the locker room.

"We took it as a 0-0 game and we had to come out and get the first goal and stay on our toes and keep them on their heels. Keep getting pucks deep and playing our game.”

(Photo: Bryadon Coburn collides with Alex Ovechkin in the first period. Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Flyers' Substandard Defense Continues to Disappoint

The Flyers' defense is pretty bad.

Make no mistake, every team wants a burgeoning young defenseman that can do it all with flash and consistency. Every team's wish list includes a so-called "puck-moving defenseman."

A guy like Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan McDonagh, Oliver Ekman-Larsson...the list goes on, and on, and on...

Seguin's Nat-Trick Downs Flyers

Tyler Seguin had been under a large microscope after the Bruins traded him to Dallas in the off season.

With that trade looking good for Dallas so far in the 2013-14 season, Seguin added to it. He erupted for a three-goal effort against the Flyers, capping five unanswered to beat Philadelphia, 5-1.

The Flyers were absent the entire game and it showed in the loss. From the opening two minutes they were short a forward, and the five power plays given to Dallas didn't help either.

(Photo: Dallas' Jamie Benn (#14) scoops up a hat after teammate Tyler Seguin scored a hat trick against the Flyers. Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)