LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Mason made 37 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers got goals from Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds in a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, snapping a six-game losing streak.
The victory was only the second in 12 games for the Flyers, who avoided tying the franchise record of 10 consecutive road losses.
Justin Williams scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions and Jonathan Quick faced only 16 shots. The Kings were scoreless on the power play against a penalty-killing unit that came in with the league-worst 74.4 success rate.
Los Angeles, coming off its third shutout victory in four games and second in a row, fell behind 1-0 at 4:35 of the first period when Giroux got a pass in the slot from Mark Streit and beat Quick high to the stick with a 25-foot wrist shot.
Simmonds, who spent his first three NHL seasons with the Kings before he was traded to Philadelphia with Brayden Schenn for Mike Richards in June 2011, made it 2-0 at 2:08 of the second period with his 11th goal.
Williams ended Mason’s shutout bid during a goalmouth scramble with 15:51 left in the third period, flipping his sixth of the season over the fallen goalie after Mason made the save on defenseman Robyn Regehr’s wrist shot.
The Kings had a great chance to tie it midway through the third, when Mason left a rebound after stopping Anze Kopitar’s 40-foot wrist shot with his glove. But Richards backhanded the puck over the crossbar.
NOTES: The Flyers beat the Kings 3-2 on Oct. 28 at Philadelphia with Schenn’s overtime goal. The last time the Flyers played at Staples Center on Feb. 1, 2014, Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal and Mason made 35 saves in a 2-0 victory. … Richards, who averaged 28 goals during his final four seasons in Philadelphia, has 45 goals in 231 regular-season games with the Kings. … Giroux entered Saturday second in the league in shots on net with 107, four behind Alex Ovechkin. … Kings RW Marian Gaborik missed his fourth straight game because of an upper body injury. … The Kings begin a five-game road trip Tuesday night at Buffalo.
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