Schenn’s goal lifts Fly­ers past Wild

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Bray­den Schenn scored the tiebreak­ing goal at 8:43 of the third pe­riod, lift­ing the Philadel­phia Fly­ers to a 3-2 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Wild on Satur­day night.

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Bray­den Schenn scored the tiebreak­ing goal at 8:43 of the third pe­riod, lift­ing the Philadel­phia Fly­ers to a 3-2 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Wild on Satur­day night.

Bran­don Man­ning and Michael Del Zotto also scored to help the Fly­ers snap a three-game skid. Michael Neu­virth started and stopped six of seven shots be­fore leav­ing after the first pe­riod due to an ap­par­ent in­jury. Steve Ma­son re­placed him and fin­ished with 19 saves, in­clud­ing a left pad save on Eric Staal in the clos­ing se­conds.

Nino Nieder­re­iter and Mikael Gran­lund scored for the Wild, who lost for the third time in four games. De­van Dub­nyk had 33 saves.

On the go-ahead score, Wayne Sim­monds put a be­tween-the-legs pass from be­hind the net onto Schenn’s stick and Schenn waited for Dub­nyk to go down be­fore fir­ing the puck over him for his third of the sea­son — all on the power play.

The goal snapped Schenn’s seven-game scor­ing drought and came with Wild cap­tain Mikko Koivu in the penalty box for trip­ping Fly­ers left wing Michael Raffl be­hind the net. The Wild en­tered the game with the NHL’s fifth-ranked penalty kill, but the Fly­ers, ranked sec­ond on the man­ad­van­tage, con­nected.

The Wild had a chance to tie it when Fly­ers cen­ter Pierre-Edouard Belle­mare took an in­ter­fer­ence penalty on Koivu, but Min­nesota did not record a shot on the man-ad­van­tage and fell to 2 for 25 on the road this sea­son.

The Wild grabbed a pair of one-goal leads in the open­ing two pe­ri­ods, only to see the Fly­ers tie the score.

Nieder­re­iter, who had 20 goals last sea­son, opened the scor­ing just 21 se­conds in when he lifted a pass from right wing Char­lie Coyle over Neu­virth’s right shoul­der. Neu­virth stopped the next six shots be­fore pulling him­self out of the game after the first.

The Fly­ers tied it with 7:33 left in the pe­riod as Man­ning wristed a shot from the blue line past a screened Dub­nyk for his third.

With Ma­son in, the Wild scored on their fourth shot of the sec­ond pe­riod to take a 2-1 lead. Koivu started the play by car­ry­ing the puck into the of­fen­sive zone and mak­ing an out­side-in­side move on Del Zotto. Koivu back­handed a shot off the cross­bar and Gran­lund de­posited the re­bound for his third.

The Fly­ers tied the score again with 2:15 re­main­ing in the sec­ond on a strong rush up the ice by Del Zotto, who passed it to Michael Raffl and then saw Raffl’s re­turn pass go off his left skate and be­hind Dub­nyk.

MATT SLOCUM — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia Fly­ers’ Michael Raffl (12), Michael Del Zotto (15) and Pierre-Edouard Belle­mare (78) cel­e­brate Del Zotto’s goal, near Min­nesota Wild’s Mikko Koivu (9) and De­van Dub­nyk (40) dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod Satur­day.

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