Schenn's goal lifts Hakstol's Flyers over Wild
PHILADELPHIA -- Left wing Brayden Schenn scored the game-winning goal 8:43 into the third period and goaltender Steve Mason stopped 19 of 20 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at the Wells...
PHILADELPHIA - Left wing Brayden Schenn scored the game-winning goal 8:43 into the third period and goaltender Steve Mason stopped 19 of 20 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak with the win, while the Wild lost for the third time in four games.
The Flyers (7-7-2) also received goals from defensemen Brandon Manning and Michael Del Zotto.
Mason improved to 3-5-2 and made his biggest stop in the closing seconds when he made a left pad save on Wild center Eric Staal in the slot.
Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund scored for the Wild (7-5-1).
Schenn's power-play goal was his first since Oct. 27 and snapped a seven-game goal drought. It came with Wild captain Mikko Koivu off for tripping Flyers left wing Michael Raffl.
With Schenn driving to the net, Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds put a between-the-legs pass from behind the Wild net onto the stick of Schenn.
Schenn, whose goals have come on the power play, lifted a shot over Devan Dubnyk (6-4-1).
The Wild had a chance to tie it when Flyers center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare took an interference penalty on Koivu, but they could not manage a shot on the man-advantage.
Mason, who allowed six goals (four in the third period) in Friday night's 6-3 loss in Toronto, entered the game in the second period after Flyers starter Michal Neuvirth appeared to be injured in the opening period. Neuvirth was slow to get to his feet after a goalmouth scramble midway through the period but finished the period.
Mason, who allowed six goals (four in the third period) in Friday night's 6-3 loss in Toronto, entered the game in the second period after starter Michal Neuvirth appeared to be injured in the first. Neuvirth was slow to get to his feet after a scramble midway through the period, but finished the session.
The two teams traded second-period goals to enter the third locked in a 2-2 tie.
Granlund gave Minnesota its second lead of the game 11:22 into the period with his third goal of the season. Koivu did most of the work, avoiding an attempted check by Flyers captain Claude Giroux and turning Michael Del Zotto inside out with a move into the slot. Koivu's shot rang off the crossbar and caromed to Granlund, who deposited the rebound past Mason.
The Flyers challenged the goal, saying the Wild were offside on the play, but replays showed that Koivu waited for teammate Chris Stewart to exit the zone before touching the puck.
Del Zotto redeemed himself when he tied the score with his first goal of the season with 2:15 remaining in the second period. Del Zotto started a rush up the ice and exchanged passes with Raffl before the puck caromed off his left skate and behind Devan Dubnyk.
Both teams came into the game having struggled with slow starts-each had managed to score first just four times this season. The Wild needed just 21 seconds to grab an early lead. After Staal won the opening faceoff, Niederreiter made a bee-line to the net, took a behind-the-net feed from right winger Charlie Coyle and elevated a shot that rolled up Neuvirth's right shoulder and under the crossbar. The goal was Niederreiter's fourth of the season and the assist was Coyle's sixth.
The Flyers, led by former University of North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol, tied the score at the 12:27 mark of the first period on Brandon Manning's point shot that snaked through arms and legs before finding its way behind Dubnyk. Manning's goal was his third of the season and came one night after he was made a healthy scratch in Philadelphia's 6-3 loss in Toronto Friday night.