Philadelphia Flyers 3, Florida Panthers 1 – FOXSports.com
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Wayne Simmonds and the Philadelphia Flyers played a strong game in front of Steve Mason, and the goaltender was there when needed.
Mason made 38 saves and Simmonds had a goal and an assist, helping the Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Simmonds scored an even-strength goal in the first period and assisted Nick Cousins on the second of Philadelphia’s power-plays in the second.
Dale Weise also scored for the Flyers, and rookie Travis Konecny and Brayden Schenn had assists.
Losing the puck had been a huge problem for the Flyers in a recent stretch when they lost five out of seven games. Simmonds said the aim in this one was to clean that up.
“Turnovers have killed us in the games we’ve lost,” Simmonds said. “We’ve just got to do a good job of keeping it simple, and tonight we did.
“We took what they gave us and executed.”
Mason, who improved to 8-3-2 against the Panthers, said the defense in front of him made his job easier.
“Overall, it was a really strong game from the entire team there. From a personal standpoint it felt good,” he said. “Today was good, but I’d point back to the guys up front. They did a good job of moving bodies and giving me lanes.”
Reilly Smith scored for the Panthers, who got 25 stops from Roberto Luongo.
The loss spoiled the return of Florida forward Nick Bjugstad, who had missed all of this season after an injury in the preseason. The 24-year-old returned following a 19-game absence after breaking a bone in his hand in Dallas just before the season began.
Bjugstad, who has played center throughout his career, played right wing instead in his return.
Simmonds grabbed a loose puck in the