Game Recap

Flyers 3, Ducks 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 3, Ducks 0
Anaheim Ducks 0, Philadelphia Flyers 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Mike Knuble had his best offensive game when his first priority was defense.

Knuble scored three straight goals, Martin Biron made 27 saves for his third shutout and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Saturday night.

Playing on the checking line against Anaheim's top line, Knuble got his first hat trick in 707 career games to help the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers improve to 13-3-1 since they were in last place on Christmas.

"It's a great feeling," Knuble said.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks have lost six straight since going 8-0-1, including a 1-0 shootout loss at St. Louis on Friday night. Anaheim hasn't scored in seven periods and one overtime. It's been 155:20 since Corey Perry scored in the second period of a 5-1 loss at Minnesota on Wednesday.

A two-time 30-goal scorer in 10-plus seasons in the NHL, Knuble gave fans a reason to toss their hats onto the ice for the first time in his career when he scored his 19th goal on a slap shot from above the right circle to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead in the third period.

He was outstanding on the opposite end of the ice, helping shut down Todd Bertuzzi, Ryan Getzlaf and Perry.

"They're three great players and we kept them off the board," Knuble said. "It was our night. Next time might be theirs."

The Ducks are having so much trouble offensively that they're missing easy opportunities. Getzlaf shot wide at an open net after Biron ranged far outside the crease to get a loose puck and turned it over in the second period.

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Mike Knuble maneuvers the puck in the Anaheim Ducks' zone in the second period. Knuble scored all three of the Flyers' goals for a hat-trick in the 3-0 win.  (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

"We just can't find a way to create offense," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We had opportunities. We have to stay positive. We're not happy with the outcome, but we can take solace that we worked hard."

Biron preserved his 21st career shutout with a pad save on a point-blank shot by Francois Beauchemin midway through the third period.

"First thing you see with Marty when he's really sharp is his rebounding control," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "He made some key saves at key times and he looks like he's growing in confidence."

Knuble put Philly ahead 1-0 almost 6 minutes into the second period. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller stopped Scottie Upshall's slap shot, but the puck bounced behind him. Hiller turned and almost gloved it, but Knuble poked it in.

Derian Hatcher initially was awarded the goal and he celebrated in the penalty box after getting into a minor scrum with Bertuzzi. Knuble got credit for the goal during the intermission.

Knuble scored on the power play with 10 seconds left in the second, deflecting in Mike Richards' shot from the point.

The Ducks are almost halfway through an eight-game, 15-day road trip, the longest continuous stretch away from home in team history.

"We have a couple of days to get rested before the next one. We've got to scratch and claw to play well," defenseman Scott Niedermayer said.

Notes: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren went to Sweden, presumably to speak with Peter Forsberg about returning to Philadelphia. Forsberg, a former league MVP who won two Stanley Cups with Colorado, played 1 1/2 seasons with the Flyers before he was traded to Nashville last year. ... Teemu Selanne, who came out of retirement and signed with the Ducks on Monday, was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. He could be ready to play against the Islanders on Tuesday. ... Biron's previous shutout was against New Jersey on Oct. 18.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Mike Knuble (17) ASST: Derian Hatcher (5), Scottie Upshall (9)
1 - 0 PHI
PPG - Mike Knuble (18) ASST: Mike Richards (36), Daniel Briere (30)
2 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
Mike Knuble (19) ASST: Braydon Coburn (20), R.J. Umberger (27)
3 - 0 PHI
Power Play Stats
Power Plays0/31/3
Power Play %15.7%23.4%
% on Road15.4%18.6%
% at Home16.1%28.0%
League Rank28th3rd
penalty summary
1st Period
Derian Hatcher  Slashing against  Corey Perry
2nd Period
George Parros  Slashing against  Scott Hartnell
Derian Hatcher  Roughing against  Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi  Roughing against  Derian Hatcher
Riley Cote  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Riley Cote
Jeff Carter  Hi-sticking against  Corey Perry
Corey Perry  Hooking against  Steve Downie
Francois Beauchemin  Slashing against  Scott Hartnell
3rd Period
Derian Hatcher  Slashing against  Corey Perry
Chris Pronger  Cross checking against  Scott Hartnell
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Chris Pronger
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
SA: 25TOI: 59:49
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0
Martin Biron
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
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