It was a crazy one, but they all count the same.
25-year-old Alex Lyon picked up his first NHL victory Sunday afternoon against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, stopping 25 of 26 shots in a 7-4 victory.
Lyon entered the game in relief of Michal Neuvirth at the start of the second period after the Czech netminder suffered a lower-body injury.
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Lyon had struggled in his previous three NHL appearances, but he was terrific Sunday to prevent the Rangers from mounting a comeback.
Lyon’s 25 saves helped the Flyers maintain hold on third place in the Metropolitan Division. They’re currently two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for second and just three points behind the division-leading Washington Capitals.
Glove save and a beauty from Alex Lyon! pic.twitter.com/LgAuOojasS
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That first NHL victory feeling:
GM Ron Hextall has said the Flyers would ride a tandem of Neuvirth and Lyon on the road to a playoff spot, but if Neuvirth’s injury is serious, can the Flyers really rely on an inexperienced 25-year-old goaltender to get them into the playoffs? If Sunday’s game is any indication, Lyon could be on his way to doing something very special.