FLYERS SHOW SOME FIGHT IN BEATING AVS 4-0!

By Annie Ross

Wayne Simmonds scored two goals, and the Flyers defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 last night at the Wells.

Jordan Weal scored his first NHL goal, Jakub Voracek scored, and Claude Giroux had two assists for Philly (29-26-7), which won for the first time in three games.

Steve Mason made 33 saves for his second shutout of the season. It was his first start since Feb. 9.

Jeremy Smith made 22 saves for Colorado (17-41-3).

“It’s a good win,” Simmonds said. “Anytime you get two points it’s a good win. We desperately needed two. I thought we played well tonight. We didn’t play perfect by any means, but we played well enough to get the win.”

Simmonds started the Flyers with two first-period goals. At 4:04, his shot went off the stick of Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin to finish a shorthanded 3-on-1 rush, and then he redirected Shayne Gostisbehere’s shot for a power-play goal at 8:07.

It’s the second time this season Simmonds scored a power-play goal and shorthanded goal in the same game; he also did it Nov. 11 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“Whether I’m scoring goals or not scoring goals, I’m doing the same thing no matter what,” Simmonds said. “I got a good bounce on the first one, [Giroux and Gostisbehere] made a great play up at the top there on the second one. It’s all about team effort here.”

Voracek made it 3-0 with a power-play goal at 10:35 of the first when his shot from the right side went off Beauchemin’s stick and past Smith.

“First period, we come out and weren’t physically ready to go,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “We were on our heels and we let them come at us. We weren’t prepared for it. Kind of tough luck on a couple of those for Smith, but we brought that on ourselves.”

Weal scored at 7:16 of the second period to give the Flyers a 4-0 lead. The goal was upheld by video review after Bednar challenged that Flyers were offside.

It’s the first time the Flyers scored more than three goals in a game since Jan. 12. In their previous 11 games, they had 17 goals.

“It’s fun,” said Giroux, who had his first multipoint game since Jan. 14. “Guys have been working hard as a team, but lately we haven’t had the results and it’s been frustrating. So we have to keep working at it, keep working as a team. It moves a little better now that we have a win. So let’s keep her going.”

Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen was awarded a penalty shot at 5:13 of the second period after being hooked by defenseman Radko Gudas. On his attempt, he skated through the right side of the Flyers zone but lost the puck before he got off a shot.

Colorado was 0-for-4 on the power play.

“If you don’t score any power-play goals and you get some chances, it hurts,” center Nathan MacKinnon said.

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