Flyers beat Kings 2-0 behind Mason's 3rd shutout

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Mason didn't care that the Los Angeles Kings were having trouble lately putting the puck in the net.

He was more concerned about getting himself back in a groove.

Mason posted his second shutout in three games with 35 saves and Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-0 victory on Saturday.

It was the 22nd career shutout and third this season for Mason, who stopped 33 shots in a 5-0 win against Detroit last Tuesday after getting pulled by coach Craig Berube in two of his previous three starts.

"You've got to have a short-term memory," the six-year veteran said. "People like to talk about negative things, and as players, you've just got to put it behind you and move on.

"It was pretty much a 1-0 game the whole way, so there's not room for error. They have some big forwards up front and guys who can come to the net hard."

Claude Giroux added his 17th goal on a power play with 1:58 left, converting a cross-ice pass at the left of the crease from Scott Hartnell while Matt Greene was serving an interference penalty. The Flyers have had a power-play goal in six straight games.

The Kings have scored fewer than three goals in 16 of 20 games since their 25-8-4 start, and are 5-13-2 during that stretch with five shutout losses. When they score more than two, they are 19-3-0.

Los Angeles has only three goals in its past six games combined — all of them by Anze Kopitar. Mason got a huge break with less than 3½ minutes left, when Justin Williams tried a wraparound and hit the left post.

"We just need that dirty goal," Kings forward Tyler Toffoli said. "I think we had chances to bury them tonight and couldn't finish them, so we've really got to bear down. It's time to get back on track. It's just two games before the (Olympic) break, so we've got to get ourselves going in the right direction."

The Flyers had managed only five shots on net before Simmonds got his 18th goal at 7:48 of the first period. Jonathan Quick, who faced only 13 shots, overplayed Vincent Lecavalier at the right of the crease along with Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin following a turnover by the Kings in their zone, and Simmonds slammed the puck into a wide-open net.

"I've been sitting on 99 for five games, so it felt good to get it," Simmonds said. "I got my first one here and my 100th in this building, so it was pretty nice. I've been playing with great linemates and I've been really determined this year."

Simmonds and teammate Brayden Schenn returned to Staples Center for the first time since the Kings swapped them for Mike Richards in June 2011.



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