Wrapup FLYERS SHUT OUT ISLANDERS WITH MASON’S 20 SAVES
philadelphia» Steve Mason stopped 20 shots for his third shutout of the season and 29th of his NHL career, leading the Flyers to a 4-0 victory over the Islanders on Saturday.
Michael Raffl, Evgeny Medvedev, Matt Read and Sean Couturier scored, helping the Flyers beat the Islanders for the first time in their three meetings this season.
“You have to take advantage of teams in your own conference, in your own division,” Mason said. “These guys have already taken a few games from us this season, so it was nice to get a couple points back.”
Read contributed assists on Philadelphia’s first two goals, then scored his sixth goal of the season in the third period.
The Islanders, who had allowed 14 goals over the past three games, never generated much offense against Mason. They attempted only two shots in the first period and had eight shots in the second period.
“We looked a bit off, sluggish, nothing was crisp, and we paid for it,” said Islanders forward Kyle Okposo.
“It’s just unacceptable the way certain guys are playing right now,” said New York coach Jack Capuano. “We’ve got some guys that have to find their game.”
After a scoreless first period, Raffl made it 1-0 just 1:27 into the second. Couturier was about to get hit against the boards behind the net when he dumped a pass to Raffl, who scored his sixth goal of the season.