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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)

Flyers Lose Third Straight After Loss to Hurricanes

Two critical mistakes in the defensive zone allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night by a score of 2-1.

This loss marks the third in a row, and the second in as many nights for the beleaguered Flyers, who continue to search for win number one, and more than one goal in a game, on the early season.

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)

Gameday vs Toronto: Flyers Open Season Against Leafs

The Flyers kick their season off at home against the Maple Leafs. Toronto played last night, winning 4-3 in Montreal. Will the Flyers take advantage of Toronto playing yesterday or will Steve Mason falter in his first start as the Flyers No. 1 goalie?

Five Flyers Questions for the 2013-14 Season

The start of a new season brings with it countless questions for all 30 teams.

Some questions will be answered right away while others may take all season or even longer. In Philadelphia, the Flyers are no different.

Without further ado, here are five questions facing the Flyers this 2013-14 season.

(There will be pressure on the Flyers forwards to score this season, including a repeat performance from Jakub Voracek [front] and a break out season from Matt Read [back]. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line.)

2013 Flyers Preview: Goalies

The Philadelphia Flyers goaltending situation will look a tad different this season.

After amnestying the contract Ilya Bryzgalov, Paul Holmgren signed veteran Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery to pair up with last season's backup netminder Steve Mason.

A change of scenery seemed to be necessary for Bryzgalov, who remains unsigned by a team at any level.

At the moment, it appears that there will be a timeshare in net with both Mason and Emery seeing a very large amount of time. Mason will likely see 60 percent of the action as he did do an admirable job for the Flyers late last season.

Gill Auditioning For Place On Flyers Blue Line

Free agent defenseman Hal Gill knows the reality of the situation he's in.

Playing on a player tryout, Gill left a good impression on the Flyers in their 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers at home on Tuesday. Gill registered an assist, was a plus-1 and had four blocked shots.

"I think in a normal situation when you have a contract you’re just worried about progressing and getting ready every game," Gill said. "In this situation I wanted to speed up the process, but it was good.

"It’s nice to get out there and be competitive and play. I felt good. It’s preseason where you are still learning a new system and timing needs to get there, but it is nice to get out there.”

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.

Excitement Centering Around Emery, Streit, Lecavalier

After a miserable 2013 campaign, a complete overhaul was expected for the Flyers this off season.

Instead, two key contracts were cut and replaced by three new players, leaving much of the same team to prepare for the 2013-14 season.

General manager Paul Holmgren said a few times during last season that he didn't plan on blowing up the team this off season. He kept his promise.

Now with the acquisitions of defenseman Mark Streit, goalie Ray Emery and center Vincent Lecavalier, the Flyers managed to cheapen their roster and replace Ilya Bryzgalov and Danny Briere effectively, allowing them to keep a healthier version of the same team from last season.

Holmgren is happy with the roster he has now going forward. And with that, chairman Ed Snider is "excited" for the 2013-14 season to start.

(Photo via David Strehle)

Holmgren: Flyers "Capped Out Right Now"

July 5 did not carry the same pomp and circumstance that the days leading up to the day did for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Early in the day on Friday, goaltender Ray Emery agreed to a one-year deal, and depth goaltender Yann Danis also agreed to a one-year pact.

Those moves along with the acquisitions of defenseman Mark Streit and former Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier make the team look a lot better off than last season's unfortunate debacle.

Expected comments released by General Manager Paul Holmgren revealed that the team is capped out. No flexibility exists to make additional moves, including one that could have kept popular winger Simon Gagne in the fold.