Philadelphia 4, Minnesota 1

Monday, December 23, 2013 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 20-14-1-4 14-3-1-1 6-11-0-3 L3
Philadelphia 17-16-1-3 11-7-0-0 6-9-1-3 W1


Flyers 4, Wild 1: Wayne Simmonds scored twice and set up a goal while captain Claude Giroux recorded a tally and an assist as Philadelphia extended its home winning streak to nine games.

Defenseman Luke Schenn also scored for the Flyers, who haven't lost at home since being shut out by New Jersey on Nov. 7. Jakub Voracek notched a pair of assists and Steve Mason turned aside 26 shots.

Mikael Granlund netted the lone goal for Minnesota, which fell to 0-3-0 on its four-game road trip. Niklas Backstrom finished with 27 saves for the Wild.

Philadelphia took an early lead as Schenn pinched in from the right point to grab a loose puck in the faceoff circle and fired it past Backstrom 1:52 into the contest. Simmonds - who also had an empty-netter - doubled the advantage midway through the opening period, completing a tic-tac-toe passing play at the left post during a power play for his ninth goal.

The Wild halved the deficit with a man-advantage tally of their own, as Granlund converted a cross-slot feed from Jason Pominville during a 5-on-3 with 3:17 remaining in the first. But Giroux tipped defenseman Braydon Coburn's shot from above the right circle past Backstrom at 7:46 of the second to restore the Flyers' two-goal lead.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Minnesota LW Zach Parise missed the contest due to a lower-body injury. The 29-year-old entered Monday tied with captain Mikko Koivu for the team scoring lead with 27 points. ... Giroux has collected five goals and eight assists during his seven-game point streak. ... Flyers D Nicklas Grossmann returned to action after missing Saturday's game in Columbus with the flu.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Philadelphia
Mikael Granlund 1 Points Wayne Simmonds 3
Mikael Granlund 1 Goals Wayne Simmonds 2
Jason Pominville 1 Assists Jakub Voracek 2
Mikael Granlund 1 Power Play Goals Wayne Simmonds 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Niklas Backstrom .900 Save Percentage Steve Mason .963
Niklas Backstrom 27 Saves Steve Mason 26

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 27 1 1-5 3-4 8 25
Philadelphia 31 4 1-4 4-5 10 21

Upcoming Games

  • Philadelphia will play its next game on the road against Edmonton. The Flyers have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .476 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play its next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Wild have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .421 after a loss.
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