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New Jersey Devils v Philadelphia Flyers

Steve Mason shuts the door, Flyers end losing skid at six games


The Philadelphia Flyers got the lead. Then they had to hang on as the L.A. Kings pressed.

Goalie Steve Mason was certainly busy, making 37 saves as the Flyers managed to escape L.A. with a 2-1 victory over the Kings, despite getting outshot 38-16. Philadelphia, which snapped a six-game losing streak, got goals from Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds, taking a 2-0 lead. The Kings, so dominant at home this season, came close but couldn’t complete the comeback.

The Flyers, facing scrutiny for their struggles so far, managed to test Jonathan Quick only nine times in the final 40 minutes. Meanwhile, Mason faced a steady barrage of rubber for just his fifth victory of the season.

Busy as he was, his teammates in front of him did their best in putting up a protective, shot-blocking shield, too. The Kings had 22 shot attempts blocked.

“We didn’t get a lot through to him. A lot of really good chances that we had were either blocked or didn’t get all the way there. I don’t think it was goaltending that beat us,” said Kings’ head coach Darryl Sutter, as per LA Kings Insider.

The Flyers, with this win and a victory against L.A. on Oct. 28, complete the regular season sweep of the Kings.

“They’re Stanley Cup champs. That should do a lot for us. It shows that we can hang in there with the big boys,” said Simmonds, as per Curtis Zupke of NHL.com.

Flyers’ Mason: ‘Everybody is frustrated and ticked off’

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Steve Mason

The Philadelphia Flyers lost their fifth straight game on Tuesday to drop to 8-13-3. Combined with the fact that San Jose Sharks forward Matt Nieto scored in the dying seconds of the third period to deny Philadelphia at least one point, it becomes easy to view this as a very tough loss for Philadelphia to swallow.

Even still, there was clearly a silver lining for the Flyers as they, for the most part, played a solid game.

“We played one of our best games in a while,” captain Claude Giroux told CSN Philly. “We played as a team. We had chemistry out there. Obviously, the results won’t show how well we played. … If you can build off a game we lost, we can keep our heads high.”

Not everyone wants to look at the bright side though, given the gravity of Philadelphia’s situation.

“We’re all tired of moral victories,” goaltender Steve Mason said. “The team played a good game but you don’t win it. It’s not good enough. Enough of the moral victories.

“We got to go out and start winning hockey games. Everybody is frustrated and ticked off, but it’s a matter of going out and winning now.”

Philadelphia will have a chance to end its slump Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks. In the meantime, here are the highlights from Tuesday’s contest:

NHL on NBCSN: Flyers, Sharks battle to bury rough start

Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the San Jose Sharks host the Philadelphia Flyers at the SAP Center at 10:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

The Flyers and Sharks are two of the league leaders in one category so far this season: frustration. Neither team is terrible, but they have struggled mightily lately.

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In some ways San Jose is the bigger offender because it arguably had higher expectations coming into this season. Sure, there was all that offseason talk about them becoming a “tomorrow team,” but that didn’t translate into them becoming a rebuilding club. With that in mind, the emphasis is still on this season and how they might respond to their historic first round collapse against the Los Angeles Kings.

So far the answer is ‘not well’ as the Sharks have been both inconsistent and largely mediocre. It led to Sharks coach Todd McLellan admitting that his job’s on the line and forward Joe Pavelski lamenting that things only seem to get worse when they try harder. At least the Sharks were able to earn a 6-4 victory over Anaheim on Saturday though, so they’re coming into this contest off of a high note.

“There haven’t been too many moments in our games so far this season where that we can be happy with and say, ‘let’s build on this,’” Sharks forward Tommy Wingels told CSN Bay Area. “We’ve given ourselves an opportunity. [Tuesday] night is an opportunity for us to string two wins together, and that’s how you start a streak.”

In the Flyers’ case, a winning streak would be a nice change of pace, but before they can start thinking about that they need to end their current four-game slide. There’s been a lot of different problems in Philadelphia, but the biggest issue right now is its lack of secondary scoring. Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux have been two of the best forwards in the league this season, but they need more support if the Flyers are to dig themselves out of their current hole.

“Never seen anything like it in all the years I’ve been in hockey,” Flyers owner Ed Snider said, referring to the team’s lack of secondary scoring. “Even when we were an expansion team, somebody chipped in here and there.”

If the postseason started today, neither squad would be a part of it, but fortunately there’s still plenty of hockey left to play. There’s talent on both of these teams, they just need to put it to better use.

‘Never seen anything like it’: Snider rips Philly’s lack of secondary scoring

Ed Snider

The Flyers have two of the NHL’s top six scorers at the moment — Jakub Voracek (2nd, 32 points) and Claude Giroux (6th, 27) — yet sit just sixth in the Metropolitan Division with an ugly 8-12-3 record.

One big reason why? Not enough points from forwards not named Voracek or Giroux. And that’s got owner Ed Snider miffed.

“Never seen anything like it in all the years I’ve been in hockey,” Snider said of his club’s lack of secondary scoring, per the Philly Inquirer. “Even when we were an expansion team, somebody chipped in here and there.”

Consider the following:

— Matt Read, a two-time 20 goal scorer, has one goal in his last 16 games.

— Sean Couturier, who scored a career-high 39 points last year, has one point in his last 10.

— Wayne Simmonds, who scored six goals in his first 10 games of the year, has two in his last 13.

The slumps are out there for all to see, including Snider. Which probably explains why he called out each of these guys individually.

“We have two of the best forwards in the league, but two players can’t turn around a team,” he explained. “What’s going on with everybody else? What’s going on with Couturier, Read, Simmonds, and the other guys? They should be chipping in with some goals.

“It’s weird. I’m not going to give up on those guys. Even [Vinny] Lecavalier got 20 goals last year. What happened?”

As Snider’s words suggest, these are not good times for the Flyers. The club is 1-7-1 over its last nine and now begins a difficult stretch of road games, with four games in seven nights in San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Columbus.

If someone can’t step up and provide some offense behind the big two of Voracek and Giroux on this trip, Philly could be in danger of falling behind the ‘Canes and Blue Jackets in the Metro — not a good place to be for a team intent on making the postseason.

NHL on NBC: Rangers vs. Flyers in a Thanksgiving Showdown

Jakub Voracek, Dan Boyle

NBC will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center at 1 pm ET today. In addition to NBC, you can also watch the game online.

Leftovers, impulse shopping and hockey. Black Friday presents quite the combination of joyous indulgences, especially if you tune in to the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

The Rangers won the first meeting of the season between these two teams, as Cam Talbot pitched a shutout in a 2-0 contest. This begins a home-and-home, back-to-back set between rival franchises who really need to get their acts together.

That’s especially true since each squad eyes a rough scheduling stretch and deals with a bumpy month of November overall.

New York dropped a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a night of conflicted feelings for Martin St. Louis. The Flyers were so frustrated by their 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings that they held a players-only meeting after the game.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall addressed some of his own concerns with the team, as CSNPhilly.com reports.

“We played really well for two periods and very poorly for one period,” Hextall said. “Is that trying? Is that frustration because we play well the first period and come out down a goal? That’s a thing we have to overcome as a group and respond to adversity.”

Both the Rangers and Flyers shouldn’t lack for opportunities to prove they can deal with adversity going forward.

Two hot scorers go toe-to-toe

Former Columbus Blue Jackets first-rounders rank high on the list of players to watch on Friday. Philly’s Jakub Voracek ranks second in the league in scoring with 30 points. New York’s Rick Nash is tied with Steven Stamkos for second place in goals with 15, and he’s done so in two fewer games.

With St. Louis and Claude Giroux among the mix (among others), there should be plenty of star power on hand to make for a captivating afternoon game.

Cam Talbot looks to give the Rangers a spark in net while the Flyers will likely go with Steve Mason instead of Ray Emery (keep an eye on goalie nods to make sure, though).


Today’s game kicks off an important home-and-home set for both teams, who need to make every game count after sluggish starts.