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GAME RECAP: FLYERS 4, PENGUINS 0

The Flyers shut out the Penguins in a decisive 4-0 victory to open the home-and-home series.

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 3:42 PM ET / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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GAME RECAP: FLYERS 4, PENGUINS 0


PHILADELPHIA – If you believe in statement games, then the Flyers just provided a full blown dissertation.

In possibly the most complete performance of the season, the Flyers saw the first place Pittsburgh Penguins on the other end of the ice and simply took it to them full throttle.

Matt Read scored twice, Scott Hartnell broke the ice with a power play tally and Vinny Lecavalier scored on a breakaway while Steve Mason made 25 saves as the Flyers shut down the Penguins 4-0 at Wells Fargo Center.

It was the first time the Flyers shut out the Penguins since April 6, 2008 and the first time they shut them out in a game in which Sidney Crosby played. (Crosby was held out of that 2008 game as the Penguins were preparing for the playoffs. The Flyers clinched a playoff berth that night).

It was a huge win for the Flyers (34-25-7, 75 points) who leapfrogged the Columbus Blue Jackets back into third place in the Metropolitan Division and one point behind the second place New York Rangers with two games in hand.

The Flyers stormed out of the gate and capitalized on their first power play chance. Claude Giroux, who had a fine game with two assists, fed Hartnell for a one-timer that surprised Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury over his left shoulder for 1-0.

Matt Read made it 2-0 with an equally impressive snipe while shorthanded, taking a pass from Sean Couturier, who was in full beast mode in this game with a pair of assists, brilliant penalty killing and rendering the NHL’s leading scorer Sidney Crosby irrelevant in the contest.

The goal that really separated the Flyers from the Pens though  came on a fine heads up play by Luke Schenn, who saw Vinny Lecavalier changing late off the Flyers bench and hit him in stride behind the Penguins defense with a perfect blue line-to-blue line pass.

Lecavalier took it from there and made a nifty move to beat Fleury and make it 3-0 at the 14-minute mark of the second period.

But, the goal of the game came on an odd man rush that saw a series of sensational passes from Couturier to Giroux back to Couturier to Read for a pretty goal with 17 seconds left in the second period.

All that was left was to put the icing on the cake and lock down the shutout for Mason in the third period. He wasn’t tested often, but when he was Mason was equal to the task, notching his fourth shutout of the season and the 23rd of his NHL career.

The two teams will meet again Sunday in Pittsburgh, but before you get to that we’ll have more on this win in a little bit. Check back for highlights, locker room interviews and more post game analysis.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 49 16 27 -3 43
J. Voracek 49 8 33 3 41
W. Simmonds 49 18 16 -4 34
B. Schenn 47 14 15 -1 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
S. Gostisbehere 31 8 16 4 24
M. Read 48 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 49 4 10 -6 14
M. Raffl 49 6 6 4 12
M. Del Zotto 47 3 9 -8 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 12 6 .916 2.71
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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