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Curious decision? Bryz starts over Mason for Flyers

Apr 18, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov will be back in Philadelphia’s goal tonight when the Flyers host the Devils.

The decision by coach Peter Laviolette to start Bryzgalov over Steve Mason is somewhat interesting given Mason was named the first star in Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Rangers.

Mason stopped 38 of New York’s 40 shots that night, outplaying last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, Henrik Lundqvist.

“We just couldn’t solve Mason,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said.

Granted, Bryzgalov also won his last start, a 7-3 victory over the Canadiens on Monday.

“Both of our goaltenders have played real well lately, I think,” Laviolette said, per CSNPhilly.com.

Philadelphia has five games left in a season that will all but certainly end without a playoff appearance.

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