Flyers start home-and-home with shutout of Penguins

PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Read scored two goals and the Philadelphia Flyers opened their weekend home-and-home set against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-0 victory Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.

Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Flyers, and Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier each had two assists.

Philadelphia's Steve Mason stopped 25 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and the first by a Flyers goalie against the Penguins since Martin Biron on April 6, 2008.

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 40 shots for the Penguins, who had a three-game win streak end.

It's the fourth time the Penguins have been shut out this season. Pittsburgh went 0-for-5 on the power play, getting zero shots on an opportunity with the man-advantage midway through the third period.

The teams play Sunday in Pittsburgh (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TSN2).

The Flyers scored twice early in the first period, once on the power play and once shorthanded, and doubled their lead late in the second.

They led 2-0 in the second when Luke Schenn threw a long pass out of the Philadelphia end to Lecavalier, who split Pittsburgh defensemen Matt Niskanen and Olli Maata and skated in on net. Niskanen hooked Lecavalier, but the Flyers center used his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame to power through and roof a shot from in close past Fleury with six minutes remaining in the period.

In the final minute of the second, Read finished a pretty passing play for his second goal. Sidney Crosby beat Giroux on a faceoff in the Philadelphia end and tried to push the puck back to Brooks Orpik, but Couturier tipped it away from him at the Philadelphia blue line and led a breakout down the right side. Couturier dropped a pass into the middle to Giroux, who faked a shot and sent it back to Couturier, who quickly passed it across to Read. He simply had to tap the puck into an open net to score his 18th of the season with 16.8 seconds left.

The Penguins tried to push to find some offense in the third period but a determined Flyers effort held them to seven shots.

The Flyers took a 2-0 lead in the first period on two special-teams goals.

Hartnell's power-play goal 3:50 into the game started the scoring. With Pittsburgh defenseman Simon Despres in the penalty box for a high stick, Wayne Simmonds passed from behind the Pittsburgh net to Giroux along the wall on the left side. Giroux then sent a short pass to the inside of the left circle, where Hartnell one-timed the puck into the top corner over Fleury's glove for his 16th goal of the season.

Read scored shorthanded at 8:12. The Flyers were killing off a penalty on defenseman Andrew MacDonald when Couturier outraced Penguins forward Jussi Jokinen to a puck deep in the Pittsburgh zone. He skated behind the net, avoided Niskanen and found Read alone at the right hash marks, where he rocketed a shot into the top of the netting.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:50PHI PPG - Scott Hartnell (16) ASST: Claude Giroux (43), Wayne Simmonds (28) 1 - 0 PHI
08:12PHI SHG - Matt Read (17) ASST: Sean Couturier (23) 2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
14:00PHI Vincent Lecavalier (15) ASST: Luke Schenn (6), Nicklas Grossmann (12) 3 - 0 PHI
19:43PHI Matt Read (18) ASST: Sean Couturier (24), Claude Giroux (44) 4 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Read
Matt Read
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:08
Sean Couturier
Sean Couturier
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:16
Luke Schenn
Luke Schenn
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:12
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:34PIT Simon Despres  Hi-sticking against  Zac Rinaldo
05:09PHI Claude Giroux  Slashing against  Olli Maatta
07:41PHI Andrew MacDonald  Cross checking against  Tanner Glass
11:04PIT Sidney Crosby  Hooking against  Braydon Coburn
2nd Period
02:19PHI Wayne Simmonds  Tripping against  Joe Vitale
09:40PHI Zac Rinaldo  Interference against  Tanner Glass
10:30PIT Jussi Jokinen  Interference against  Claude Giroux
3rd Period
07:27PHI Brayden Schenn  Hi-sticking against  Tanner Glass
12:04PIT Joe Vitale  Slashing against  Claude Giroux
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/51/4
Faceoff Wins2431
Blocked Shots2014
Penalty Minutes810
2M. NiskanenD00-23023:05
3O. MaattaD00-21019:32
4R. ScuderiD0000018:46
5D. EngellandD0001016:50
15T. GlassL0003014:03
16B. SutterC00-12019:33
17T. PyattL0000012:14
22L. StempniakR00-21015:13
27C. AdamsR0000013:26
36J. JokinenL00-13217:33
44B. OrpikD00-11019:49
46J. VitaleC0001211:55
47S. DespresD0005215:05
49B. GibbonsC0000012:02
57M. GocC0001013:35
59J. MegnaC00-10011:48
71E. MalkinC00-21019:17
87S. CrosbyC00-32218:58
29M. Fleury3640.90060:00
5B. CoburnD0020023:26
8N. GrossmannD0112018:35
9S. DownieR0001011:37
10B. SchennC0001213:13
12M. RafflL0002012:32
14S. CouturierC0231019:16
17W. SimmondsR0112216:25
18A. HallR0001011:37
19S. HartnellL1004017:26
22L. SchennD0114015:12
24M. ReadR2026015:08
28C. GirouxC0213219:06
32M. StreitD0002019:37
36Z. RinaldoC000228:18
40V. LecavalierC1012012:50
44K. TimonenD0024020:30
47A. MacDonaldD0000219:28
93J. VoracekR0003015:44
35S. Mason25251.00060:00