Florida at Philadelphia

Voracek, Simmonds lift Flyers to sixth straight win


PHILADELPHIA (AP) With the Philadelphia Flyers in subpar form on Tuesday night, goalie Steve Mason made all the difference.

Mason made 42 saves and Jakub Voracek scored with 8.6 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Flyers to their sixth straight win, 3-2 over the Florida Panthers.

Wayne Simmonds had two goals for the Flyers, who are on their longest winning streak in five years.

Mason, who earned the NHLs First Star of the Week on Monday, won his fifth straight start.

We werent clicking, we werent the team with more energy, but in the end we found a way, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. The biggest thing is the saves we got. It was one of those nights where (Mason) was our best player.

Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen scored for Florida, which completed a six-game road trip with five losses although the Panthers picked up points in three of those defeats by losing in overtime.

Interim coach Tom Rowe was pleased with Floridas effort against the Flyers.

It was amazing how we came at them, he said. A lot of good stuff happened. I told the guys after the game that as frustrating as it is and as mad as some of you may be, there are too many positives here to get down.

Mason turned aside Floridas best chance in overtime when he denied Aaron Ekblads slap shot from close range.

Simmonds notched his 28th multigoal game and second in two games when he deflected Claude Girouxs wrist shot past James Reimer for a 2-1 lead with 9:52 remaining in the second period. It was Simmonds NHL-leading eighth power-play goal and snapped Floridas streak of penalty kills at 18.

Im playing with great linemates, great teammates, Simmonds said. Its definitely not all me.

Mason kept Philadelphia ahead with his best save of the night six minutes into the third period when he robbed Jokinen with a sprawling glove save on a rebound chance from in close.

I went down to my right there and made a desperation attempt to get anything on it, Mason said. Fortunately, I was able to get the glove on it.

Jokinen finally beat Mason, tying the game at 2 with 4:46 remaining in the third with a wrist shot from just in front of the goal that went past Masons glove.

Overall, we played well, Jokinen said. If we keep playing like weve been playing, well get lots of points.

Barkov put the Panthers ahead 1-0 with 4:20 remaining in the first period when he shot from just right of the Flyers goalie, giving the Panthers center nine points in his last 10 games.

Simmonds tied it 1 1/2 minutes later with a wrist shot from the high slot, a soft goal that got past backup goalie Reimers glove. The score masked a dominant first period for the Panthers, who outshot Philadelphia 15-6 and mightve gone to the break ahead if not for Masons stellar play.

Reimer finished with 22 saves.

Florida defenseman Keith Yandle played in his 578th game a night after leaving in the first period with a lower-body injury. Yandle has the 10th longest games played streak ever, but it was thought to be in jeopardy after Rowe said Monday night that he expected Yandle to be out for a while.

(Monday) night I thought hed be out for a couple of weeks, but that shows you how tough he is mentally and physically, Rowe said. Its great for the young kids to see that. It was a game where he couldve mailed it in easily and nobody wouldve said a word, but thats the kind of teammate he is.

NOTES: Philadelphia improved to 6-3 in overtime while Florida dropped to 7-4. ... The Panthers were without C Jonathan Marchessault (lower body), who leads the club in goals (10) and points (19), for the second straight game. ... The teams wrap up their three-game season series on March 2 in Philadelphia. ... Flyers D Radko Gudas (illness) missed his third straight game. ... Flyers RW Matt Read (upper body) missed the first game of whats expected to be a monthlong absence. He was replaced by Taylor Leier, who was called up from Lehigh Valley of the AHL for his first NHL game of the season and seventh of his career. ... Florida, which lost 4-3 in overtime Monday night at Boston, dropped to 2-2 on the second game of a back-to-back. ... Philadelphias winning streak is its best since seven straight victories Dec. 2-15, 2011.


Panthers: Begin a two-game homestand Thursday night against Pittsburgh.

Flyers: Play the middle contest of a three-game homestand against Edmonton on Thursday night.

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Scoring Summary
15:40 - Aleksander Barkov (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Pysyk, Smith
17:07 - Wayne Simmonds (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: MacDonald, Provorov
10:08Power Play - Wayne Simmonds (15), Tip-In. Assist: Giroux, Gostisbehere
15:14 - Jussi Jokinen (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Matheson, Sceviour
04:51 - Jakub Voracek (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Giroux
Penalty Summary
04:30Manning, 2 min, Tripping
09:40Pysyk, 2 min, Tripping
16:46Sceviour, 2 min, Roughing
16:46Gostisbehere, 2 min, Roughing
05:40Jagr, 2 min, Hooking
06:51Cousins, 2 min, Hooking
09:29Jokinen, 2 min, Cross Checking
10:36Jagr, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
James Reimer 64:51223
Steve Mason 64:38422
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Attendance - 18999
Referees - Tom Kowal, Evgeny Romasko
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Steve Barton
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