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Flyers’ Mason shuts out Kings

– Steve Mason didn’t care that the Los Angeles Kings were having trouble lately putting the puck in the net.

He was more concerned about getting himself back in a groove.

Mason posted his second shutout in three games with 35 saves and Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-0 victory on Saturday.

It was the 22nd career shutout and third this season for Mason, who stopped 33 shots in a 5-0 win against Detroit on Tuesday after getting pulled by coach Craig Berube in two of his previous three starts.

“It was pretty much a 1-0 game the whole way, so there’s not room for error,” Mason said. “They have some big forwards up front and guys who can come to the net hard.”

Claude Giroux added his 17th goal on a power play with 1:58 left, converting a cross-ice pass at the left of the crease from Scott Hartnell while Matt Greene was serving an interference penalty. The Flyers have had a power-play goal in six straight games.

The Kings have scored fewer than three goals in 16 of 20 games since their 25-8-4 start, and are 5-13-2 during that stretch with five shutout losses. When they score more than two, they are 19-3-0.

AVALANCHE 7, SABRES 1: In Denver, Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog also had two goals to lead Colorado to its third win in a row.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists and Semyon Varlamov had 27 saves for the Avalanche. Varlamov also had his second assist of the season.

BRUINS 4, OILERS 0: In Boston, David Krejci scored a second-period power-play goal, and Chad Johnson made 22 saves for his second career shutout to lead Boston to its sixth win in eight games.

Krejci’s 12th goal of the season at 2:06 of the second period was enough for the Bruins to win and maintain the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug scored in the third for Boston.

LIGHTNING 2, CANADIENS 1, OT: In Montreal, Nate Thompson scored twice, including the winner at 4:36 of overtime as Tampa Bay snapped a two-game losing streak.

BLUE JACKETS 4, PANTHERS 1: In Columbus, Ohio, linemates Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist in the first period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves to lead Columbus to its second straight win.

MAPLE LEAFS 6, SENATORS 3: In Toronto, Phil Kessel scored three goals as Toronto improved its home winning streak to six. With 5:59 left, Tyler Bozak fed a pass to Kessel, who scored his 30th goal of the season to complete his hat trick and give Toronto a 4-3 lead.

COYOTES 3, PENGUINS 1: In Glendale, Ariz., Zbynek Michalek scored against his former team, his first goal in 83 games, as Phoenix became the first Pacific Division team to beat Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh in regulation this season.

BLUES 4, PREDATORS 3, SO: In St. Louis, Vladimir Tarasenko scored and added an assist in regulation, and then netted the deciding goal in the shootout to lead St. Louis.