Saturday, February 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning up next: Struggling Flyers get a winning combo

PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers used strong goaltending and opportunistic scoring to get just their second win in six games.

Michael Raffl and Sean Couturier scored 34 seconds apart in the first period on Philadelphia's initial two shots, and the Flyers beat the Jets 5-2 on Thursday night.

Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Brandon Manning also scored for the Flyers, who had 12 players register points.

"Our goaltending was good and we scored timely goals," said Flyers coach Dave Hakstol, whose team hosts the Lightning on Saturday.

Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien had the goals for the Jets, who opened a season-high five-game, nine-day road trip with just their second loss in the last six.

Winnipeg rookie Patrick Laine didn't register a point after entering the game leading all players with 12 goals and all rookies with 17 points.

"We missed out on a bunch of really good chances and left some offense on the table, but you have to give (the Flyers) some credit for that," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "They deserved to win based on their compete level."

The Flyers won despite getting outshot 32-22. Philadelphia entered leading the NHL in shots and shots per game.

"You don't get points for outshooting teams," Hakstol said.

Couturier got Philadelphia on the board 9:13 in when he capitalized on a Winnipeg turnover and beat Connor Hellebuyck high to the glove side from close range.

Raffl doubled the lead just over a half-minute later with his third of the season after a stellar play by Matt Read. Read raced up the right wing and dived past Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey, poking the puck to wide-open Raffl in the crease, and Raffl finished with a shot over Hellebuyck's blocker.

"Just an extra effort play," Hakstol said of the assist. "Those are things you have to have. It was a great play. Does that give the bench a shot in the arm? Absolutely."

Steve Mason made 30 saves to improve to 6-0-1 in his career against Winnipeg.

"Mason made some good saves at key times," Hakstol said.

Hellebuyck stopped 17 shots.

Mason was strong early in the third period when he came up with point-blank stops on Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers two minutes apart.

"They're big saves, and we needed it," Mason said. "That was a hard-working game, start to finish."

The Philadelphia goalie rebounded from Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Ottawa in which he let in the tying goal with 1:59 left in regulation and then refused to address the media afterward.

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