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LOS ANGELES -- Winger Wayne Simmonds and center Claude Giroux scored goals and goaltender Steve Mason stopped 35 shots as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Saturday.

Philadelphia (27-23-6) won for the second time in three games after a four-game losing streak. The shutout was Mason's third of the season and his second in the last three games. The Flyers temporarily climbed into the third spot in the Metropolitan Division.

The Flyers broke the scoreless tie at 7:48 of the middle frame on Simmonds' 18th goal of the season. Philadelphia gained possession in the offensive zone off a turnover by Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin and, after two quick passes by centers Claude Giroux and Vincent Lecavalier, Simmonds deposited the puck into an open net.

Los Angeles' anemic offense struggled to put consistent offensive pressure on Mason for the majority of the middle frame. The Kings came into the game with just three goals in their last five games and facing a team that averaged four goals over its last 11 games.

Jonathan Quick kept the Kings' one-goal deficit intact with a nice glove save of a wrist shot by Sean Couturier four minutes into the third period. Though Los Angeles controlled the play throughout the final period and had a power play with less than eight minutes remaining, the Kings could not solve Mason.

The Kings' best chance to even the game came with three minutes left in regulation when winger Justin Williams' backhanded attempt hit the post to the right of Mason and bounced harmlessly away. Defenseman Matt Greene drew an interference penalty on the same shift that sealed the win when Giroux converted a feed from winger Scott Hartnell for his 17th goal with 1:58 remaining.

Los Angeles (30-21-6) lost for the eighth time in nine games and was shut out for the third time in five games as the Kings struggle to stay in third place in the Pacific Division.

Quick stopped 11 Philadelphia shots while suffering his third consecutive loss.

NOTES: The Flyers scratched LW Jay Rosehill, D Kimmo Timonen and D Hal Gill. ... Philadelphia has surrendered nine shorthanded goals, tying with the Edmonton Oilers for the most allowed in the NHL this season. ... Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds' second-period goal was the 100th of his career. ... Los Angeles did not dress RW Matt Frattin, D Alec Martinez and D Jeff Schultz. ... Kings D Robyn Regher played in his 1,000th NHL game and was honored with a pre-game ceremony. Regher is in his 13th NHL season and played for Calgary and Buffalo before arriving in Los Angeles via trade in April 2013. ... Kings D Slava Voynov, who signed a $25 million, six-year extension last summer, does not have a goal in 37 games.
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