Flyers-Penguins Rivalry Game Ends With Shutout

The Philadelphia Flyers put an end to a three-game losing streak on Wednesday night, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Flyers Goalie Steve Mason recorded his third shutout of the season with 23 saves in last night’s matchup. Right wing Dale Weise played one of the best games in a long time, with one goal, an assist, and four hits. Weise has only had two goals out of 50 games this season and has sat out as a healthy scratch for 13 of the Flyers past 22 games. The last time he scored was back in November, so finally being able to snap the streak was a good feeling.

“I’ve been waiting a long time to get a bounce like that,” said Weise. “They don’t come much easier. Hits the goalie, then the post, I don’t even see it coming, off my tape and in. That one feels real good. Been a frustrating year for me so that feels good.”

Flyers Sean Couturier scored with an assist from Weise one minute into the second period to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead. Weiss deflected the puck off Penguins goalie Matt Murray to send it to Couturier who slapped it over Murray and into the goal.

Philadelphia was given a power play five minutes into the second after Penguins defenseman Cameron Gaunce shoved Nick Cousins into the boards. The Flyers didn’t waste any time attacking the goal on the power play and made it 2-0 with a goal from Wayne Simmonds, his 200th career goal. Claude Giroux made it 3-0 for the Flyers early in the third period.

Weise happened to be at the right place at the right time during the final seconds of the game when Brayden Schenn’s shot deflected off of Weiss’ stick and into the goal to make it 4-0.

The heavy defense made the Penguins struggle, and losing one of your defensemen due to injury during the third period did not help. They were already without Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, and Trevor Daley, which limited the amount of support they had on the backend.

The Flyers are now five points behind the New York Islanders for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. They will face the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

Pittsburgh is currently in second in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference, only two points behind Washington for first. The Penguins will play at home against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

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