Flyers Blank New York and Other NHL Stuff
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers were unable to gain ground in the NHL's Metropolitan Division race.
The Blueshirts remain seven points behind the first-place Washington Capitals following a 2-0 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Steve Mason stopped 34 shots for his 31st career shutout to help the Flyers improve to 5-9-3 since a 10-game winning streak.
The game was scoreless until Wayne Simmonds and Jakob Voracek scored 2:36 apart early in the third period.
The Rangers ended a three-game winning streak and failed to score on their three power-play chances, leaving them 0-for-14 with the man advantage since last Thursday.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Auston Matthews leads all NHL rookies with 23 goals after opening the scoring in the first period of Toronto's 4-0 rout of Detroit. Frederik Andersen collected an assist and turned back 22 shots in his third shutout of the season and ninth of his career to help the Maple Leafs move ahead of Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division.
— Leon Draisaitl notched his 18th and 19th goals of the season to support Cam Talbot in Edmonton's 4-0 shutout of Anaheim. Talbot handled 26 shots in his fourth shutout of the season, pushing the Oilers within two points of the Pacific Division-leading Sharks and keeping the Ducks one point back.
— Sven Baertschi's second goal of the night broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period of Vancouver's 3-2 verdict over Colorado. Jacob Markstrom stopped 30 shots as the Canucks won for the third time in four contests.