The Flyers appeared as if they would lock themselves out of the regular season, facing the possibility of the worst start in franchise history, learning their top scorer would be shelved for up to two months even before the puck dropped and playing a team they couldn't beat last season indoors or outside.

Staring at a possible 0-4 start for the first time ever, missing Scott Hartnell to a broken foot and playing the Rangers, who whipped them in all six games last year, including the showcase Winter Classic matchup, the Flyers fought back with resolution and resiliency Thursday night to make even the Broad Street Bullies proud.

Consequently, the Flyers might have just saved their season, delighting themselves and 19,596 fans at the Wells Fargo Center, with a grinding and much-needed 2-1 win over their New York nemesis.

In a game Wayne Simmonds called a "must win" after dropping to 0-3 Tuesday night against the Devils, Simmonds gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead midway through the second period and Jakub Voracek padded the spread four minutes later.

Ilya Bryzgalov was solid in the net and the penalty kill was superb during a 5-3 power play for the Rangers in the third period.

As a result, and to the relief of everyone in the organization, the Flyers aren't packing their bags to play golf this weekend in Florida. Instead, they have meaningful games against the Panthers and Lightning which could suddenly launch them to .500 after six games.