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Simmonds leads Flyers to 3rd straight win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wayne Simmonds scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night for their third straight win.

Vincent Lecavalier, Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers, who have won the first three games of an eight-game road trip that spans 15 days.

Marco Scandella and Charlie Coyle scored for Minnesota, losers of four in a row.

Simmonds broke a 2-all tie with his team-leading 15th goal of the season at 15:22 of the second period, beating goalie Darcy Kuemper high after teammate Brayden Schenn battled along the boards to secure the puck.

The Flyers are 6-1-3 in their last 10 games.

Zach Parise appeared to tie it early in the third, but the goal was overturned following a replay review. Officials ruled that the left post was raised off the ice and the puck slid underneath the net.

Three minutes later, Lecavalier tipped in Andrew MacDonald’s slap shot for his third goal in two games to make it 4-2.

Raffl added an empty-netter late in the third.

Couturier and Giroux scored before the Wild had a shot in the first period.

Minnesota finally registered its first shot at 9:55 of the opening period, then got on the board when Scandella fired a slap shot past Ray Emery 8 seconds later for his third goal in four games.

Minnesota tied it 3:43 into the second when Jason Pominville’s misfire deflected off Coyle and went in on the power play. It was Coyle’s first goal in 26 games.

Emery stopped 22 shots for his third straight win after dropping four in a row.

NOTES: Flyers C Zac Rinaldo (upper body) missed his second straight game. . The Wild recalled goalie John Curry from AHL Iowa under emergency conditions to replace Niklas Backstrom (illness). . Giroux added an assist and now leads the team with 31. … Wild D Mikael Granlund returned after missing Saturday’s game with an illness. . QB Mitch Leidner, TE Maxx Williams and C Tommy Olson from the University of Minnesota football team led the crowd in the ceremonial “Let’s play hockey!” chant before the game. The Gophers play Missouri in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.

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