It wasn’t the plan to have one goalie take the majority of the workload. In fact, the disagreement on that philosophy is part of the reason the Flyers didn’t retain Steve Mason.

Between ailments to oft-injured Michal Neuvirth and a busy schedule, the Flyers have relied heavily on Brian Elliott between the pipes.

He played both games in Florida on consecutive days despite Neuvirth having been activated from injured reserve.

“A little tired,” Elliott admitted, but with a smile considering the Flyers had beaten the NHL’s best in the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night. “It’s a couple hot buildings so you lose a lot of liquids. That’s a big win for us. Feeling dehydrated, but really good.”

At age 32, there is always the risk of running a goalie into the ground with too much work. Dave Hakstol has sure tested that theory, but Friday night it paid off.