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Read, Mason lead Flyers over Islanders

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm •  Published: November 23, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It didn't take the Philadelphia Flyers too long to even their record after an awful start.

Matt Read scored two goals, Steve Mason made 36 saves, and the streaking Flyers beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Saturday night.

The Flyers are 10-10-2 after their sixth win in seven games. They are 6-0-1 in that span and 9-3-2 since a 1-7 start.

"When we were 1-7, one of our goals was to get to .500," Read said. "We have to continue to build off this and keep going."

Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn also had goals for Philadelphia.

The Flyers fired coach Peter Laviolette after three straight losses to open the season. Craig Berube took over and went 1-4 before getting things turned around.

"It's a great effort by the players," Berube said. "They've listened, they believed, they bought in and they work hard."

John Tavares and Eric Boulton scored for the Islanders, who have lost eight of 10, including all three games on their road trip.

"As coaches, if we were looking at it and it was structurally or systematically, we would change it for sure," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "When you talk about battle level or when you talk about protecting the wall and not protecting the danger area, that to me, you don't change that, that's hockey. There's nothing you can do about that.

"You have to win your battles. We've played many systems since I've been here, but systems don't work unless you battle. I'm not faulting on the battle level tonight, but a couple of plays we broke down because we were on the wrong side of the puck."

After scoring just 22 goals in their first 15 games, the Flyers have 26 in the last seven.

They netted their first three goals against the Islanders in a bunch. Read and Simmonds scored 59 seconds apart to put the Flyers ahead 2-0 early in the second period. Giroux made it three goals in 3:02 for a 3-0 lead.

"We're playing better, but we have a long way to go," Giroux said. "Everybody is contributing. It's a lot more fun."

Read scored his third goal in two games with a slap shot from the slot off passes from Sean Couturier and Steve Downie. The trio, the Flyers' third line, has combined for 13 points in three games.

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