Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Faltering 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.

Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Brandon Manning also scored for the Flyers, who had 12 players register points. Steve Mason made 30 saves.

"Our goaltending was good, and we scored timely goals," said Flyers coach Dave Hakstol, whose team faces 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 their past six games.

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.

Game highlights: Rookie wing Connor Brown had two goals and two assists to lead the Maple Leafs to a 6-1 victory over the Panthers, spoiling goalie James Reimer's first start in Toronto since leaving in the offseason. Brown is the second Leafs rookie this season with a four-point game. … Devan Dubnyk recorded his NHL-best 14th shutout since joining the Wild in January 2015, making 25 saves for a 1-0 win over the visiting Bruins. … Ryan Ellis scored the tiebreaking goal late in the first and Pekka Rinne stopped 30 shots to lead the Predators to a 5-1 victory over the host Senators, who haven't scored more than two goals in their past 11 games.

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