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PHILADELPHIA -- Left winger Brayden Schenn scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, goaltender Steve Mason made 32 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Saturday afternoon.

Left winger Scott Hartnell and right wingers Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds also scored goals to help the Flyers (38-25-7) win their fifth straight game and move three points ahead of the New York Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Left winger Jaden Schwartz scored the only goal for St. Louis (47-16-7). The Central Division-leading Blues lost in regulation for just the second time in 11 games.

Schenn put the Flyers ahead 2-1 in the second period with his 18th goal. Simmonds set it up with a nice play, going wide on goalie Ryan Miller and Schenn stuffed in the rebound.

Voracek gave Philadelphia a two-goal cushion with 4:19 left, taking advantage of a turnover by the Blues. Flyers center Claude Giroux set it up with a nice pass to Voracek, who wristed a shot over Miller's blocker for his 19th goal.

Simmonds scored his 24th goal into an empty net, tying Giroux for the team lead.

Giroux committed four penalties for eight minutes. The star captain had just 32 penalty minutes entering the game.

Miller had won seven of nine games since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 28. He had allowed two goals or fewer in seven of the nine games.

The Flyers beat former coach Ken Hitchcock, who led them to three straight 100-point seasons from 2002-03 to 2005-06 before getting fired after a 1-6-1 start in 2006.

Schwartz gave the Blues a 1-0 lead in the first period on his 22nd goal. A turnover by Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald led to a two-on-one, short-handed breakaway. Schwartz beat Mason to the glove side off a pass from defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

Hartnell scored a power-play goal to tie it 1-1 just 57 seconds into the second period. Voracek made a crisp pass to Hartnell, who lifted a shot over Miller's shoulder for his 19th goal.

Mason made two sensational stops in the third to preserve a one-goal lead before the Flyers put the game away.

NOTES: The Flyers allowed 2.82 goals per game in 62 games before acquiring D Andrew MacDonald from the Islanders. The total dropped to 2.43 per game in first 17 games with him. ... Flyers RW Steve Downie left the game in the first period because of an upper-body injury. ... The Flyers agreed to terms with D Robert Hagg, their second-round pick in the 2013 draft. ... Flyers C Claude Giroux extended his points streak to six games. ... The Blues were missing LW Brenden Morrow, who was involved in a collision that also injured Blackhawks star RW Patrick Kane on Wednesday night. ... D Jordan Leopold (ankle) and RW Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) also were out of the lineup for St. Louis, but LW Magnus Paajarvi returned from an upper-body injury. ... The teams last played on Oct. 22, 2011, a 4-2 win for St. Louis.
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