As the Saturday matinee game the Flyers took on the Penguins in a heated rivalry game that looked to be promising for the 80 point flyers versus the 82 point Penguins.
That didn't go as planned.. Early on in the game the Penguins scored two goals on Mason who wasn't slated to start the game until 48 minutes before puck drop. The energy around the Wells Fargo Center was palpable. Between a deafening “Let’s Go Flyers” chant three minutes into the contest and the roar of the crowd whenever Steve Mason turned away a shot, the arena was in full playoff mode.
The Flyers gave up multiple chances for scoring and managed to score a single goal, in the opening 20 minutes, Mason stood on his head as he turned away 11 shots. A handful of which were point-blank, including a breakaway attempt while on the man-advantage that saw him deny Hagelin's attempt late in the period.
Jake Voracek returned from his nine-game absence after suffering a lower-body injury in the 3-2 win over Minnesota on Feb. 25. The team went 7-1-1 without him.
Jordan Weal, R.J. Umberger and Evgeny Medvedev were healthy scratches. Chris VandeVelde served the first of a two-game suspension for his elbow on Chicago’s Jonathan Toews.
What's next? The Flyers will embark on a four-game road trip starting in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders on Monday followed by Columbus on Tuesday. This will be their 13th back-to-back set of the season with three more remaining in the span of eight days from April 2nd to April 10th.