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Mason, Simmonds lead Flyers past Senators

Adam Kimelman  - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor | Wednesday, 01.07.2015 / 12:24 AM

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube had the perfect description of forward Wayne Simmonds.

"Wayne's capable of doing things that other guys can't," Berube said.

Simmonds did a bit of everything Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators, playing physical, scoring in regulation, and then scoring the game-deciding goal in the shootout to lead the Flyers (15-18-7) to a 2-1 win, ending their five-game losing streak (0-4-1).

It was Philadelphia's first shootout win in 11 tries dating to last season.

"He brings it every night," Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said of Simmonds. "Even if he doesn't show up on the scoresheet, he fights, he battles. He does everything for the team. He's one of our leaders and he's showing it night in and night out."

Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason made 41 saves in regulation and overtime, then in the shootout stopped four of five Ottawa shooters.

Mike Hoffman scored for the Senators (16-15-8). Goalie Craig Anderson made 33 saves in regulation and overtime, then denied three of five Flyers in the shootout.

Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad scored in the first round of the shootout, but Voracek answered with a goal in the bottom half.

No one else scored until the fifth round. Mason stopped Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson with his left pad. At the other end Simmonds switched the puck from his backhand to his forehand until he found space between Anderson's pads.

"We have just been practicing [shootouts] a lot, so obviously when you practice a lot, you get a ton of time to figure out these things," Simmonds said. "I think that one works for me."

The game was scoreless through two periods, but things opened up in the third.

Hoffman's goal at 6:36 gave Ottawa the lead, but nine seconds after the Senators' Clarke MacArthur was sent off for hooking, Simmonds scored a power-play goal at 8:59 to tie the game.

Simmonds' goal seemed to steal any momentum the Senators had gained from Hoffman's goal and gave the Flyers life.

"You know that they're going to get chances," Senators forward Bobby Ryan said. "... They're going to generate chances. You can live with what they create. But it's what we give to them, and we gave them a power play. That's when it's tough to swallow."

The Senators had chances to take control of the game. But they went 0-for-4 on the power play, including a chance late in the third period; the Senators are 0-for-25 with the man advantage in their past seven games. Ottawa also outshot Philadelphia 20-14 in the final 25 minutes of the game, including 3-1 in overtime.

"I've got to score in the shootout," Senators forward Kyle Turris said. "I could have scored in overtime on that one-timer that Clarke gave me. Opportunities missed that I've got to bury to close out the game."

Mason deserves some of the credit for the Senators' missed chances; the 41 saves he made were the second-most he's had in a game this season.

"I don't think we would have gotten that win without him," Simmonds said of Mason. "He's stood on his head all year long, both him and Ray Emery, and we owed it to him tonight. It feels good."

It also felt good for the Flyers to end their shootout losing streak; their previous win in the tiebreaker was Dec. 30, 2013. The Flyers' 28 shootout wins are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for the fewest in NHL history.

"It's good," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "It's just in the back of our head. We were trying not to talk about it, [but] to finally get one is good."

Giroux was a question mark prior to the game; he sustained a cut to the lower part of the back of his left leg Friday against the Hurricanes and sat out Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. He was a game-time decision Tuesday after taking part only in the final few minutes of the morning skate.

But after taking warm-ups, Giroux felt he could play. He ended up with 22:13 of ice time, one second less than Voracek for most among Flyers forwards. He had a game-high eight shots, blocked one shot, had one hit and won 12 of 26 faceoffs.

"You always want to play," Giroux said. "You want to go out there and help the team win and do the best you can. I think it was just the warm-ups, see how I felt in the warm-up. I felt pretty confident going in the warm-up. I was pretty excited when I knew I could go out there and play. ... First few shifts, I was trying to get in there, make sure I don't make any mistakes. I was able to make some plays a little bit after."

The Flyers will need all the help they can get if they want to make a push for a Stanley Cup Playoff spot. They're eight points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, but Tuesday started a run of 10 of 13 games at home.

"I think coming home after that road trip and now we have a homestand … and just the fashion we won, in the shootout, and we hadn't won in a shootout this year," Berube said. "So it's going to give us some momentum, but we have to continue to get better and have good energy every night, positive energy. Make sure we're on our toes skating, being an aggressive hockey team."

Ottawa continues its road trip Thursday at the Colorado Avalanche. Like the Flyers, the Senators are outside the playoff picture, five points behind the Maple Leafs. Though getting one point Tuesday helps, they know two points would have been even better.

"It's better than nothing," Hoffman said. "One [point] to start the road trip. It's ... better than zero, so we got Colorado next, and we got to be ready for them."

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:36OTT Mike Hoffman (13) ASST: Jared Cowen (6) 1 - 0 OTT
08:59PHI PPG - Wayne Simmonds (16) ASST: Claude Giroux (31), Mark Streit (22) 1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1OTTMika Zibanejad - Goal
2PHIJakub Voracek - Goal
3OTTBobby Ryan - Save
4PHIClaude Giroux - Missed
5OTTKyle Turris - Save
6PHISean Couturier - Missed
7OTTMike Hoffman - Save
8PHIBrayden Schenn - Save
9OTTErik Karlsson - Save
10PHIWayne Simmonds - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDOttawa SenatorsPhiladelphia Flyers
1Mika ZibanejadJakub Voracek
2Bobby RyanClaude Giroux
3Kyle TurrisSean Couturier
4Mike HoffmanBrayden Schenn
5Erik KarlssonWayne Simmonds
Three Stars of the Game
Steve Mason
1st
SA: 42TOI: 65:00
GA: 1EV: 36-37
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .976SH: 1-1
Craig Anderson
2nd
SA: 34TOI: 65:00
GA: 1EV: 29-29
PIM: 0PP: 1-2
SV%: .971SH: 3-3
Wayne Simmonds
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 5
+/-: 0TOI: 14:33
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:53PHI Wayne Simmonds  Too many men/ice - bench
14:25OTT Milan Michalek  Holding against  Claude Giroux
15:08PHI Jakub Voracek  Roughing against  Eric Gryba
19:33OTT David Legwand  Tripping against  Matt Read
2nd Period
03:44OTT Colin Greening  Fighting (maj) against  Wayne Simmonds
03:44PHI Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj) against  Colin Greening
13:59PHI Andrew MacDonald  Interference against  Colin Greening
16:15OTT Jared Cowen  Holding against  Michael Del Zotto
3rd Period
03:53PHI Scott Laughton  Interference against  Chris Phillips
08:51OTT Clarke MacArthur  Hooking against  Brayden Schenn
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodOTTPHI
1st79
2nd1511
3rd1713
OT31
Total4234
Team Stats
CategoryOTTPHI
Power Plays0/41/4
Hits2924
Faceoff Wins3635
Giveaways68
Takeaways66
Blocked Shots1327
Penalty Minutes1313
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  • PHILADELPHIA
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55N. SchultzD0003023:46
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78P. BellemareL0001012:50
93J. VoracekR00-14222:14
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35S. Mason4142.97665:00