The Philadelphia Flyers defeated their cross-state rivals on Wednesday rivalry game.
Steve Mason shut the door stopping 23 shots on route to a shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Steve Mason has collected two shutouts along with a 4-2-1 and 2.00 GAA over his last seven starts.
A packed Wells Fargo Center crowd erupted as Sidney Crosby took the first Penalty of the game interfering with Wayne Simmonds. The new look Flyers power play were unable to score on either for their two first period power plays as both teams took a 0-0 tie to the first intermission. Due to Matt Murray robbing Brayden Schenn in tight with 28 seconds left in the first period.
The Flyers started off the second period as Sean Couturier opened the scoring a minute into the frame, Dale Weise added an assist, his first point since January 12th.
Philadelphia following their 1-0 lead was called upon to kill their second power play of the evening as Bellemare sat for tripping. The Flyers killed it allowing zero shots on both of the Penguins power plays.
Wayne Simmonds sent the sold-out crowd to their feet as he scored his 29th of the season and 200th career goal burying a Shayne Gostisbehere rebound with the man advantage, The Flyers were previously 2-28 on the power play before that goal.
Wayne Simmonds is tied with teammate Brayden Schenn at 15 goals on the power play leading the NHL.
The Flyers dominated the third period continuing to attack with four minutes left Claude Giroux put this one out of reach as he finished off a Bellemare pass his second goal in his last 16 games. Bellemare added his first assist in 53 games.
Dale Wiese scored with 58 seconds left adding his second point of the game; he had five points going into tonight’s contest. Wiese has not played since February 28th before entering tonight’s game.
“It always feels good to get in, be physical and try to have a positive impact on the team coming back,” said Weise, who has been a healthy scratch 15 times this season. – Philly.com
The Flyers sit five points back of a playoff berth with 13 games left in this 2016/17 season.
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