PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Steve Mason stopped 20 shots for his third shutout of the season and led thePhiladelphia Flyers to a 4-0 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday.
Michael Raffl, Evgeny Medvedev, Matt Read and Sean Couturier scored to help the Flyers beat the Islanders for the first time in three games this season.READ MORE: Sources: Missing Bucks County Woman Casey Johnston's Car Found In Northeast Philadelphia
Mason had his 29th career shutout and the Flyers won their third straight.
Read picked up assists on Philadelphia’s first two goals, then added his sixth goal of the season in the third period.
The Islanders, who had allowed 14 goals over the past three games, never generated much offense against Mason. They attempted only two shots in the first period and had eight shots in the second.
The Flyers are outside the playoff picture in coach Dave Hakstol’s first season. They lost three straight games on their California road trip swing that slowed some momentum they had rolling since late November.
At home, where the Flyers are 7-1-1 over their past nine games, they found some of their needed offensive spark.READ MORE: 1 Day, 8 Tornadoes: A Look At This Week's Severe Weather Across The Tri-State Area
After a scoreless first period, Raffl made it 1-0 just 1:27 into the second. Couturier was about to get hit against the boards behind the net when he dumped a pass to Raffl, who scored his sixth goal of the season.
Medvedev scored a 4-on-4 goal at 8:33 on a wrister through Jaroslav Halak’s legs for his third goal of the season.
Mason made the lead stand and the Flyers gave him two more goals in the third.
Read’s shot from the circle trickled through Halak’s leg and landed softly in the net for a 3-0 lead. Couturier capped the scoring with his ninth goal of the season at 15:14.
NOTES: Islanders D Travis Hamonic sat out with a lower-body injury. … Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere also sat out with a lower-body injury and could return in the next week. … The Flyers haven’t lost at home since Dec. 8 vs. the Islanders.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Restaurants Martha, Irwin's Upstairs To Require Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccination For Indoor Dining
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