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Highlight of the Year: Semifinals Part 1

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

We’re into the semifinals of the Flyers Highlight of the Year tournament and the first match up is goaltender vs. goaltender.


Starter Steve Mason takes on Rob Zepp, who was on recall from the Phantoms and making his NHL debut. Both netminders give impressive performances to help lead the Flyers to victory.

HIGHLIGHT #1: With the Flyers taking on intra-state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steve Mason set the tone early and proved that it was going to be difficult for the Pens to get the puck past him in the final meeting of the year.

Scoreless in the first period, a turnover and quick shot on net forced a rebound that kicked out to Craig Adams, who had a look at an open net. Mason lunged across to make a diving glove save. The save was one of 46 he made on the afternoon to backstop the Flyers to a 4-1 victory on Apr. 5.

HIGHLIGHT #2: Rob Zepp spent his first NHL game on the bench at Toronto backing up Ray Emery after being recalled on short notice. Less than 24-hours later at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, the 33 year-old rookie would make his NHL debut and quite an impression.

After getting off to a rough start, Zepp and the Flyers fell into a 3-1 hole. He provided a big stop with the second period winding down to the final minute to help make a third-period comeback possible.

Jets’ forward Mark Scheifele came down the ice on a 3-on-2, and with some quick passing, a 2-on-1 developed with the puck on Scheifele’s stick. He cut to his backhand and had an open net, but Zepp stretched out to just get his skate on it and deny a 4-1 lead for the home team. He stopped 25 of 28 shots on the night and became the oldest goaltender to win his NHL debut in 88 years, when Hugh Lehman earned a win at age 41 in 1926.


Fans can vote as many times as they like, but watch both highlights and cast your vote for the one you want to advance to the Finals…

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