Simmonds stars as Flyers beat Pens for second time in as many days


The Philadelphia Flyers used dominating special teams to sweep a weekend home-and-home series against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wayne Simmonds had two power-play goals in the first period, Matt Read had a short-handed tally and Philadelphia killed off all four Pittsburgh power plays in a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon.

It was the second victory in as many days for the surging Flyers against their cross-state rivals.

Philadelphia had a power-play goal, a short-handed goal and was a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill in a 4-0 win against the Penguins at home on Saturday.

“The power play was good again, the penalty kill was good again,” Flyers coach Craig Berube said. “Lots of shots, lots of chances. We played a pretty solid game.”

Philadelphia improved to 5-1-1 in its past seven. Including playoffs, the Flyers are 10-2-1 all-time at Consol Energy Center (8-1-1 in the regular season).

“I know the boys in this locker room love playing against them,” said Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason, who allowed three goals on 48 shots during the weekend sweep.

“Whether we’re in their head or not, we don’t really care. We get amped up to play against them.”

Defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen and recent call-up Jayson Megna scored for the injury-riddled Penguins, who lost two straight in regulation for the first time since dropping three in a row from Nov. 6-13.

During the final seconds, the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby hit the post with a backhand off a pass from Evgeni Malkin while skating down the right wing.

“(The post) is all I gave him, though,” Mason deadpanned. “It’s part of the equipment.”

Sharks 1, Rangers 0

In New York, Antti Niemi stopped 41 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and made Logan Couture’s first-period, short-handed goal stand up as the Sharks beat the Rangers for their sixth straight win.

Canucks 4, Panthers 3 (SO)

In Sunrise, Florida, Nicklas Jensen scored in the first period and added the only goal in the shootout and Vancouver earned a victory over former goalie Roberto Luongo and the Panthers.

Alex Burrows had a goal and two assists and Dan Hamhuis also scored for the Canucks. Eddie Lack made 26 saves.

Capitals 4, Maple Leafs 2

In Washington, Troy Brouwer scored twice and the Capitals scored three times in the first period.

Oilers 2, Hurricanes 1

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Justin Schultz scored a power-play goal at 9:01 of the third period and Edmonton earned a win over the Hurricanes.

Avalanche 3, Senators 1

In Ottawa, Semyon Varlamov made 38 saves and Andre Benoit, Nick Holden and John Mitchell scored for Colorado.

Varlamov was 6 seconds away from his second shutout of the season.

Canadiens 2, Sabres 0

In Buffalo, rookie Dustin Tokarski stopped 29 shots to earn his first NHL shutout.

Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1

In Chicago, Marian Hossa celebrated his return to the lineup with a goal and two assists, and the Blackhawks defeated Detroit.

Jets 7, Stars 2

In Winnipeg, Dustin Byfuglien had two goals and an assist and Blake Wheeler added four assists.