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Highlight of the Year Fan Vote: Quarterfinal #1

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

With one fan vote in the books for this year’s Highlight of the Year tournament, this week’s vote enters the main bracket to determine the first of two semifinal slots.

The first quarterfinal matchup pits a pair of road games both decided in overtime and both by a 5-4 score. One is a spectacular save in a rivalry game early in the year while the other saw a record-extending rush in overtime north of the border.

HIGHLIGHT #1: OCT. 21 at Boston
NBC Play-by-play announcer Mike Emrick called it a ten-bell save and looking back on the situation it was certainly a game-saving, and even a game-changing save by Steve Mason.

With just under 14 minutes left to go in the third period, the Flyers trailed the Bruins in Boston by a score of 4-2. Bruins forward Colin Miller fed David Pastrnak across the slot who one-timed a shot seemingly past Mason for a 5-2 lead. Quick to react, Mason throws his glove and right pad out to deny the Bruins a three-goal lead.

The Flyers would then rally from the two-goal deficit and force overtime with Claude Giroux scoring the game-winner to give them their first road victory of the season, 5-4, at TD Garden.

HIGHLIGHT #2: FEB. 20 at Toronto

This game certainly saw it’s fair share of swings in momentum. After Toronto grabbed an early 1-0 lead, the Flyers rattled off three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead, only to lose it to three straight from the Maple Leafs.

Matt Read’s goal early in the third period knotted the game at 4-4 but with 12 points recorded by the Flyers on their four goals, not a single one came from defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who had a 14-game point streak on the line heading into overtime.

It took less than 30 seconds in the extra session to end Toronto’s hopes of earning a win and denying Gostisbehere a point for the 15th straight game.

Jakub Voracek flew up the right wing and threw a perfect pass from his backhand to a cutting Gostisbehere, who timed it perfectly and tapped it past James Reimer to give the Flyers a 5-4 win at the Air Canada Centre.

Watch each highlight and keeping voting for which one you want to advance. Polls close at 11a.m. on Wednesday with the results following shortly after.

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