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Flyers beat Kings behind Mason’s 3rd shutout


February 01. 2014 10:34PM
Associated Press



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LOS ANGELES — Steve 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 over the Los Angeles Kings 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. Mason got a break with less than 3½ minutes left, when Justin Williams tried a wraparound and hit the left post.


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 scored 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. They have only three goals in their past six games combined, all of them by Anze Kopitar.


Lightning 2, Canadiens 1, OT


Ben Bishop stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay, which snapped a two-game losing streak.


Daniel Briere scored for Montreal. Carey Price made 34 saves.


Thompson scored the clincher when Alex Killorn found him all alone in from of Price.


The Lightning have a five-point advantage over the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division.


After the Lightning took a 1-0 lead in the second period, Briere tied it at 7:25 of the third, taking a cross-ice pass from captain Brian Gionta and firing home his ninth of the season over Bishop’s shoulder. The goal was Briere’s second in as many games.


Thompson was credited with the game’s first goal, at 5:58 of the second, after defenseman P.K. Subban put the puck in his own net.


Avalanche 7, Sabres 1


DENVER — Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist, Gabriel Landeskog also had two goals and Colorado beat Buffalo.


Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists and Semyon Varlamov had 27 saves for the Avalanche, who have won three straight.


Varlamov also had his second assist of the season.


The Avalanche were playing their final home game before going on a four-game East Coast road trip ahead of the Olympic break. They have won eight of 10 and are 35-14-5. It’s their best start to a season since 2000-01 when they won the Stanley Cup.


Marc-Andre Cliche scored his first NHL goal and Tyson Barrie also scored for the Avalanche.


Matt D’Agostini scored Buffalo.


Bruins 4, Oilers 0


BOSTON — David Krejci scored a second-period power-play goal and Chad Johnson made 22 saves for his second career shutout and Boston earned a victory over Edmonton.


Krejci’s 12th goal of the season at 2:06 of the second period was enough for the Bruins to win for the sixth time in their past eight games and maintain the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.


Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug scored in the third for Boston. Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each had two assists.


Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens was coming off a scintillating performance against San Jose on Wednesday, when he set the NHL regular-season record for saves in a regulation shutout with 59 during the Oilers’ 3-0 win over the Sharks.


Blue Jackets 4, Panthers 1


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Linemates Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist in the first period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Florida Panthers.


After Brad Boyes cut Florida’s deficit to 2-1 early in the second period, Nick Foligno and Mark Letestu scored for the Blue Jackets. Nathan Horton had two assists in the opening 20 minutes.


In their last 13 games, the Blue Jackets won eight in a row, lost three straight and now have won the past two. It was Columbus’ final home game for a month due to four road games and the NHL Olympic hiatus.




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