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GAME RECAP: FLYERS 4, BLUES 1

Flyers record their 5th-straight win after a 4-1 win over the league-leading St. Louis Blues

Saturday, 03.22.2014 / 4:00 PM / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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GAME RECAP: FLYERS 4, BLUES 1
It\u2019s been awhile since Steve Mason had to steal a game for the Flyers.\r\nGood thing he was up for the task Thursday.\r\n\r\nIn a game in which the Flyers may have got a little too comfortable after an early lead, Mason made 33 stops, several that rang 10 bells, and backstopped the Flyers to their fourth consecutive win \u2013 4-3 over Dallas - on what was considered by many to the hockey schedule equivalent of the tilt-a-table game Labryinth.
PHILADELPHIA – Beating the Penguins twice was nice. Pulling off the overtime stunner of Chicago was awesome. Stretching the win streak to four against Dallas was ideal.
But this? Who saw this coming?

The Flyers shut down the team with the best record in the NHL behind another stellar effort in goal by Steve Mason. Scott Hartnell, Brayden Schenn, Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds each scored as the Flyers kept on rolling with a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Mason was again superb, making 32 saves to pick up his 30th win of the season.

It was the Flyers first five-game winning streak in two years and inched them ever-closer to a playoff berth with 12 games to go in the regular season.

Claude Giroux added a pair of assists for, giving him 50 this season and moved him into a third place tie with Toronto’s Phil Kessel in the NHL scoring race. It was his fourth multi-point game in the winning streak.

The Flyers were actually behind early as Jaden Schwartz scored the opening goal of the game shorthanded, marking the 11th shorthanded goal allowed by the Flyers this season.

But Hartnell tied it with a power play goal off a nice feed from Voracek with Blues goalie Ryan Miller a little out of position to stop the shot.

Brayden Schenn netted what would be the game-winner at 13:24 of the second period working a fine transitional play with Wayne Simmonds.

Simmonds picked off a Chris Porter pass in the neutral zone and turned quickly for a rush. He ran a give-and-go with Schenn, getting a shot on Miller. The rebound kicked to Schenn who deposited it for his 18th goal of the season.

In an uneven game made that way by some over-officiating, the two teams combined for 10 power play chances. St. Louis gained some momentum from a few of them and started firing a lot of shots on Mason, but the Flyers goalie wouldn’t be denied after the shorty and thwarted everything that came his way, including a pair of eye-poppers on Derek Roy in the crease.

Finally with a chance to play a shift together after all three were sitting in the penalty box together to start the period, the top line gave Mason the needed breathing room by working the cycle perfectly with Giroux hitting Voracek in the slot for a wrist shot goal that made it 3-1.
Simmonds added the empty-netter to finish the scoring.

The Flyers (38-25-7, 83 points) moved three points ahead of the New York Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division (the Rangers play later Saturday) and five points ahead of fourth place Columbus.

Next up is a rematch with the Los Angeles Kings at Wells Fargo Center Monday against old friends Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Carter will be playing his first game in Philadelphia since being traded three seasons ago.

Stay tuned for more here on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com including highlights, postgame interviews and some written analysis.

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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 64 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 63 18 42 2 60
W. Simmonds 64 25 18 -2 43
M. Streit 64 9 32 -5 41
B. Schenn 64 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 64 13 16 2 29
M. Del Zotto 52 8 17 -6 25
M. Read 64 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 49 14 5 6 19
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 8 .924 2.27
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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