NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason did all he could to bail out his team one last time in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
His 31 saves weren't enough. The Rangers advanced to the second round with a 2-1 victory in the series finale.
The Rangers again got the best of the Flyers at 5-on-5, and New York’s offense onslaught in the second period that produced two goals on 18 shots proved just enough. If Mason's sterling performance in this series proved anything, it was that Flyers players, coaches and fans can say in earnest that the future is bright between the pipes in Philadelphia.
In the City of Brotherly Love, where goaltending is traditionally taken to task each offseason, that's a major accomplishment.