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Flyers shoot for rare victory against Sharks

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers will take aim at their first win against San Jose in over 13 years, as they visit the Sharks for Monday's interconference clash at SAP Center.

Philadelphia is 0-8-3 with a pair of ties in the last 13 encounters in this series and hasn't beaten the Sharks since a 4-3 home victory on Dec. 21, 2000. The Flyers' last road win in this series was back on Nov. 5, 1999.

The Flyers struggled to a 6-7-2 record in January, but the club picked up its second win in three games on Saturday when it downed the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0. The road victory came after Philadelphia opened its three-game tour of California with Thursday's 5-3 loss at Anaheim.

Philly was outshot by a wide 35-13 margin against the Kings, but Flyers goaltender Steve Mason stole the victory by recording his second shutout in three games. Mason recorded his third shutout of the season with the 35-save performance.

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds tallied his 100th career goal and added an assist against his former team, while Claude Giroux also had a multi-point night after lighting the lamp on a third-period power play. Giroux has four goals and six assists over his last eight games.

Simmonds, who leads the Flyers with 18 goals this season, halted a five-game goal-scoring drought on Saturday.

"L.A. is a big team, they like to grind it out. They got pucks deep. They have big bodies and they play a physical game," said Simmonds. "I think we matched them hit for hit today. I think the last few games have been a test for the character in our dressing room. I think we have done a good job."

The Flyers played Saturday without defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who is dealing with a foot injury. The veteran blueliner is questionable for Monday.

Philadelphia, which is currently with Detroit for the eighth seed in the East, is 13-13-5 as the visiting team this season. The Flyers will host Colorado and Calgary on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, to complete their pre-Olympic break schedule.

The Flyers are also tied with Columbus for third place in the Metropolitan Division, but the Blue Jackets hold the current tiebreaker due to having played one less game.

The Sharks hope to continue their mastery of the Flyers to record a second straight win on Monday.

San Jose had lost three straight in regulation before edging the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday. It was the seventh win in 10 games for the Sharks, who are in second place in the Pacific Division.

Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton all scored in the shootout to give the San Jose the victory on Saturday. Pavelski also lit the lamp in regulation.

"It always feels good to win, especially when you lose a few in a row," Pavelski said. "When we play our game, we know what we want to accomplish in here."

Antti Niemi stopped 29-of-30 shots through regulation and overtime. He turned aside 1-of-2 Chicago attempts in the shootout to help secure the extra point.

Saturday's test was the first part of a four-game homestand for the Sharks, who boast a superb 20-3-3 record as the host this season. San Jose will welcome Dallas on Wednesday before playing its final tilt before the Winter Olympics on Friday against Columbus.

02/03 11:36:38 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
6th
PIT 6
MIL 5
 
7th
NYM 1
ATL 3
 
6th
TAM 10
NYY 1
 
7th
MIA 6
SEA 0
 
4th
TEX 1
CWS 1
 
4th
LOS 0
ARI 4
 
4th
COL 1
PHI 0
 
2nd
SDP 0
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
4th
IND 66
ATL 80
 
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
3rd
PIT 3
CLB 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
15th
NOR 1
DUR 1