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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Matt Read doesn’t have many chances to be a hero.
 
He doesn't get many highlight-reel goals or any, for that matter.

On Saturday night at Gila River Arena, Read had a chance to fulfill both during the Flyers' 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes (see game story).

During a dominant overtime with the Flyers pressuring Arizona goalie Mike Smith from every which way on the ice, Read had a full windup on a one-timer in the box that Smith denied.

Had he scored, it would have won the game.

"That was a great pass," Read said," but I was just too close to Smith. I tried to get it up as quick as I can, but he made a great save."

Read's goal in the third period tied the game 3-3, as the Flyers overcame an early two-goal deficit.

Travis Konecny gave Read a breakaway pass and Read deked rookie Jakob Chychrun, son of former Flyer Jeff Chychrun, to go on forehand-to-backhand on Smith.

It might have been the prettiest goal Read has ever scored.

"Just a great pass by TK there and I had enough speed in the neutral zone to kinda win that little puck battle at the blue line," he said.

“Smith tried to poke check me and I went on my backhand and got it up. Unfortunately, we lost in overtime. Lost one point. Tough one to swallow after coming back in the third.”

 

For the Flyers, too much of the game was anything but highlight material.

"We had two two many men calls, they had one (penalty) and that first 10-15 minutes of the game was just weird," Read said. "I thought the last half, both teams were skating well and making the right plays out there. We had opportunities and they had opportunities, and they ended up getting the last one."
 
Mason’s game
Steve Mason did not look comfortable in net. He was going down on shots more often than needed, and played deep inside the net, making himself look small.

Mason didn't look anywhere near as sharp in his first start of the season, as he did all throughout preseason. After the game, Mason admitted he wasn't that comfortable, but he still finished with 31 saves.

"I don't know the answer," head coach Dave Hakstol said. "Much like our whole group, we spent the first half of the first period on the PK, so that's not the easiest way to settle into a game."

It would not surprise, however, if Michal Neuvirth starts Tuesday night in Chicago.