NEW YORK -- Forwards Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier broke prolonged scoring slumps and goalie Steve Mason was perfect to help the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-0 victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Mason made 24 saves for his first shutout and fourth win of the season. Simmonds scored twice after going the previous six games without a goal, and Couturier got his first in his past 13 games. He hadn't scored since Oct. 20, but he also missed six games with an injury.
The Flyers (9-10-5) have won two in a row and three of their past four.
The Rangers (16-6-2) have lost three in a row in regulation for the first time this season. They were 13-1-1 in their previous 15 games before the losing streak started.
New York goalie Antti Raanta made 31 saves in losing for the first time in five starts this season. It was Raanta's first regulation loss in a home start in his NHL career. He was 17-0-3 in 23 home appearances, including 18 with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Rangers were shut out for the second time this season. They have five goals in the three-game losing streak. They have also been outshot in 15 of 24 games this season.
The Rangers have a chance to break out of it against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Garden on Monday. It'll be their seventh game in a stretch when they're playing nine in 15 days.
The Flyers will go for their third straight win Tuesday, when they play at the Ottawa Senators. Philadelphia has to hope the line featuring Simmonds, Couturier and Matt Read can stay hot. That line accounted for all three goals and five points Saturday.
Simmonds opened the scoring at 12:24 of the second period off a give-and-go play with Read. It was the key moment in a dominating period by the Flyers. In addition to scoring, the Flyers outshot the Rangers 18-7 in the second.
Read intercepted J.T. Miller's pass from the left-wing half-wall to the high slot. He quickly moved it to Simmonds, who gave it back to Read and darted up the ice, gaining a step on Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein. Read threaded a pass up to Simmonds, hitting him in stride and sending him in alone on Raanta. Simmonds scored with a forehanded shot to the glove side.
Couturier gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead when he scored off a rebound of Simmonds' shot at 3:06 of the third period. Raanta made a pad save, but the puck came to Couturier in the slot and he shoveled it in.
Simmonds also scored an empty-net goal with 49.3 seconds left.
Philadelphia was already 2-for-2 on the penalty kill before Simmonds scored his first goal. The Flyers have killed 19 consecutive power plays. They haven't allowed a power-play goal since Nov. 17 against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Rangers had a 10-4 edge in shots on goal in the first period, including 8-1 after defenseman Dylan McIlrath's hit on Flyers defenseman Nick Schultz that subsequently resulted in a power play for New York at 10:58.
Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn immediately went to fight McIlrath after the hit. Schenn received 17 minutes in penalties, including a minor for instigating.
Schultz left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
|Power Play %||16.4%||19.7%|
|% on Road||16.7%||24.0%|
|% at Home||16.2%||16.7%|
|Luke Schenn Fighting (maj) against Dylan McIlrath|
|Dylan McIlrath Fighting (maj) against Luke Schenn|
|Luke Schenn Instigator against Dylan McIlrath|
|Luke Schenn Misconduct (10 min) against Dylan McIlrath|
|Radko Gudas Unsportsmanlike conduct against Viktor Stalberg|
|Dylan McIlrath Hooking against Wayne Simmonds|
|Jarret Stoll Slashing against Steve Mason|