Fly­ers de­feat Canucks

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - SPORTS - BY AARON BRACY ASSOCIATED PRESS

Giroux’s goal lifts Philly in shootout

PHILADEL­PHIA — Claude Giroux scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Philadel­phia Fly­ers to a 5-4 win over the Van­cou­ver Canucks on Thurs­day night.

Travis Konecny, Sean Cou­turier, Pier re-Edouard Belle­mare and Bray­den Schenn scored in reg­u­la­tion for the Fly­ers, who won for just the third time in their last 10 games.

Markus Gran­lund scored twice in reg­u­la­tion, and Daniel Sedin and Bran­don Sut­ter each had a goal for Van­cou­ver, which lost its third straight - all on the road.

Michal Neu­virth made 11 saves in the third pe­riod and over­time and stopped all three shots in the shootout in re­lief of Steve Mason, who was lifted af­ter al­low­ing four goals on 24 shots through two pe­ri­ods.

Neu­virth de­nied Gran­lund, Bo Hor­vat and Loui Eriks­son in the tiebreaker.

Jayson Megna and Troy Stecher had two as­sists each for the Canucks, who have lost 16 of 21 on the road.

Schenn tied it at 4 just 57 sec­onds into the third pe­riod with his 14th goal of the sea­son and 10th on the power play when he took Giroux’s pass from be­hind the net and shot the puck off Ryan Miller and into the net.

Sut­ter put the Canucks in front 4-3 with 7:14 left in the se­cond pe­riod to cap a high-scor­ing 3 ½ min­utes. Sut­ter took Megna’s pass and beat Mason with a fore­hand shot from in close. It was the fourth goal com­bined be­tween the teams over a 3:25 stretch.

Philadel­phia started the on­slaught with 10:39 left in the pe­riod when Belle­mare ripped a slap shot past Miller’s glove side af­ter Matt Read stripped Christo­pher Tanev in the cir­cle and fed Belle­mare in the high slot.

Cou­turier gave the Fly­ers a 3-2 lead 18 sec­onds later when he fin­ished a 2-on-1 af­ter a deft pass through the crease from Vo­racek that set up an easy tap-in.

Gran­lund reg­is­tered his se­cond goal of the night 1:22 later to tie it at 3 when he cap­i­tal­ized off a face­off by get­ting be­hind Bran­don Man­ning and shoot­ing through Mason’s five-hole.

Gran­lund got the first tally of the five-goal pe­riod when he scored on a power play off a re­bound 1:51 into the pe­riod.

Philadel­phia coach Dave Hak­stol re­placed Mason to start the third pe­riod.

The Canucks spent 8:37 on the power play in the first pe­riod thanks in part to con­sec­u­tive dou­ble-mi­nor high stick­ing penal­ties to Man­ning and Michael Del Zotto. Van­cou­ver cap­i­tal­ized mid­way through the pe­riod when Sedin shot a wris­ter over Mason’s glove from the slot on a 5-on-3.

Philadel­phia tied it at 1 with 5:30 left in the pe­riod on its own power play af­ter Konecny fin­ished off a nifty as­sist by Dale Weise, who kicked the puck be­fore bat­ting it out of the air to Konecny right in front of the crease.

Sen­a­tors 4, Pen­guins 1

OT­TAWA, On­tario — Mike Con­don made 29 saves to help the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors beat the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins.

Com­ing off a 5-2 loss to Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day night, the Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Pen­guins lost con­sec­u­tive games in reg­u­la­tion for the first time since Dec. 14-19, 2015.

Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoff­man, Tom Py­att and Mark Stone scored for Ot­tawa, play­ing for the first time Sun­day.

Con­don, mak­ing his eighth con­sec­u­tive start, al­lowed only Conor Sheary’s goal. The goalie was at his best in the se­cond pe­riod, mak­ing a num­ber of big saves, in­clud­ing one on Phil Kes­sel and another on Nick Bonino.

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