Mason didn't do so hot in the second period. The Penguins put 2 goals past him on only 5 shots. The goals were scored by Matt Niskanen and rookie Jayson Megna. Luckily the orange and black were able to stay on top thanks to a short-handed goal by Matt Read, who decided he would take on 2 defenders and managed to slap one past Zatkoff. The score going into the third period was 4-3 Flyers and that was the way it would stay.
Mason made 11 saves in the third to seal the victory. It was a hard-fought 6 periods of hockey in a short span for Mason this week. The victory makes the Flyers 10-2-1 all time at Consol Energy Center.
I will give the Penguins a little slack for their performance this weekend, given that Chris Kunitz and James Neal were both out. Dan Bylsma's inability to change strategy mid-game was exposed again today though. Four different wingers were tried on Crosby's left-side. It was akin to throwing darts at a wall hoping desperately to hit a bullseye.
Pittsburgh is still cemented as the number one team in the Metropolitan Division, but anytime the Flyers beat them twice in a weekend it is always something to bask in. The team is now back in the number 2 spot in the division, but face an incredibly tough Blackhawks team at home this Tuesday. Fifteen games left, the stretch run is in full effect, folks.
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