Simmonds leads Flyers to 4-1 win over Wild

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm •  Published: December 23, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Claude Giroux is excited about the way the Philadelphia Flyers are playing.

Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night, extending their home win streak to nine games.

"We got the four lines rolling. Everybody's playing great," Giroux said. "I think when you have a team effort like tonight, it's a really good feeling. We can take it in for a couple days for Christmas here, and be ready to go on the road."

The Flyers brought their record back above .500 (17-16-4).

Luke Schenn scored first for the Flyers, on the team's first shot of the night, giving them a lead they never lost. Scott Hartnell's assist on that goal was the veteran Flyer's 500th career point.

"It was a big win, more importantly," Hartnell said. "It's kind of cool to hit a century mark, but we wanted to end into this Christmas break with a big win. Everybody's got a lot of smiles on our faces. That was an amazing effort and a big win. It's huge."

Giroux had a goal and an assist, extending his scoring streak to eight games, a new high for the Flyers' captain.

While the Flyers will be using their three-day break to celebrate, the Wild will have plenty of time to consider what's gone wrong for them in recent days. Monday's loss was their third in a row, a stretch of games during which they've scored only four goals and sank to fourth place in the Central Division.

"It's a good time for the break," Kyle Brodziak said. "We need a few days to really find what we need to do, and what every guy in the room really needs to do, however we need to do it, to break out of whatever funk we are in right now."

With the loss, the Wild are 1-7-1 in their last nine games on the road. They fell to 2-7-0 lifetime at the Wells Fargo Center. They've lost six of their last 10 games.

Mikael Grandlund scored the Wild's lone marker in the first period, a power-play goal during a 1:40 two-man advantage that cut the Flyers' lead to 2-1. But after that goal, scored late in the first period, the Wild's offense all but disappeared.

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