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Mason Stones Bruins in 5-2 Win

PHILADELPHIA --  Steve Mason is continuing his strong case as the Flyers top goaltender for next season.

On a night honoring the city of Boston with pregame festivities, auctioned jerseys and a rousing edition of "Sweet Carolina," Mason stole the show to stone the Bruins and give the Flyers a huge win.

Mason stopped 39 shots for his third win in a Flyers jersey, leading the Flyers to a 5-2 win Tuesday night.

The Flyers got on the board first, needing just 80 seconds to score the game's first goal.

David Krejci went to clear the puck in front of the net but it went straight to Scott Hartnell. Hartnell then beat Anton Khubodin glove-side to put the Flyers on the board first, 1-0.

The Flyers continued to up the pressure on Boston through the first half of the period. But the Bruins turned the momentum around and tied the game up.

Jaromir Jagr fired the puck on net for a charging Wade Redden. Redden shot the loose rebound, which popped up over Steve Mason and into the net.

Wayne Simmonds got his stick on the puck and batted it out of the air, but the puck was already over the line and the Bruins tied the game up 1-1 on Redden's third goal of the season.

The Flyers hit the Bruins with a 1-2 punch midway through the second period on a series of strange bounces. They scored a pair of goals just seven seconds apart to give themselves some distance on the Bruins and chase Khubodin from the game.

Brayden Schenn and Simmonds skated in on a 2-on-1 chance. Schenn took the shot on goal and the puck bounced wide.

Simmonds corralled the puck and fired another shot on net. The strange hop bounced to Brad Marchand, who popped the puck up into the air. Matt Read knocked the puck out of the air and past Khubodin to make it a 2-1 game.

The strange hops continued for Boston just seconds later.

Off the ensuing face off, Oliver Lauridsen threw the puck into the Bruins corner. Zdeno Chara went to play the puck out front but it went off of Khubodin's stick and through his legs to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead.

Chara went to play the puck behind the net, but instead of making contact with the puck with the blade of his stick, he caught the heel. That caused the puck to bounce out front and towards an unsuspecting Khubodin.

It was the first goal of Lauridsen's career, who didn't expect to have his milestone tally scored by a future Hall of Famer and fellow mammoth of a blue liner.

The Flyers kept the momentum going into the third period.

Jakub Voracek received a fantastic outlet pass from Claude Giroux to spring him on a breakaway. Voracek then beat Tuukka Rask with a nifty backhander to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead.

Boston cut the lead in half off a Krejci goal. But the Flyers had an answer for them and it came by way of Simon Gagne.

13 seconds later, Giroux set up Gagne with a one-timer in which he put past a sprawling Rask to make it a 5-2 game.

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