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Steve Mason recorded a shutout in his 100th game as a Flyer and Michael Del Zotto had the lone Flyers goal in a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. This was the Flyers’ fourth win in a row, and it brought them to the .500 mark for the first time since Christmas.
James Reimer was in net for the Leafs and stopped 17 of 18 shots. The Leafs are now 0-8-1 in their last nine games.
The Flyers took an early lead as Del Zotto scored his fourth goal of the season just over four minutes into the first period, extending his point streak to a career-high six games (7 pts. total). Petr Straka and Wayne Simmonds had the assists. It was an otherwise quiet first, aside from a scary moment shortly after Del Zotto’s goal where Jakub Voracek was driven into the boards. Petter Granberg took a boarding penalty and went to the box for two minutes, and Voracek was out on the first powerplay unit, so he seemed to be alright after the hit.
Despite the Leafs leading 12-9 in shots after twenty minutes, the Flyers took the one-goal lead into the second period.
Aside from a cross-checking penalty against Phil Kessel called at 13:16, the second period was just about as uneventful as the first. Toronto held their own against the Flyers, and Steve Mason came up tall – as usual – to make sure his team kept the lead. With forty minutes in the books, the Flyers continued to lead by one, and led in shots in the second, 8-4.
The Flyers took their first penalty of the game with just a few minutes left in the third period when Voracek got called for tripping. Luckily, the Leafs were not able to capitalize on the man advantage, and the Flyers were able to take their small lead all the way until the end.
Notes: Both Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds played their 500th NHL games tonight… Flyers are at the .500 mark for the first time since Christmas… Team has the next few days off before facing the New York Islanders on Thursday night, the last game of this five-game homestand.