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Koivu helps Ducks beat Flyers
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Saku Koivu set up Daniel Winnik's short- handed goal in the third period before adding an empty-netter in his 1,100th career NHL game, helping the Anaheim Ducks top the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 at Honda Center.
Ryan Getzlaf also had a goal and one assist for Anaheim, which rebounded from Tuesday's 4-2 home loss to Minnesota. Rookie Frederik Andersen made 27 saves to improve to 14-2-0 this season.
The Flyers began a daunting three-game sojourn through California with their fifth loss in six games.
Steve Mason surrendered four goals on 27 shots in defeat.
Winnik lit the lamp at a critical moment in the game. With the Ducks clinging to a 3-2 lead, Winnik took Koivu's pass on a 2-on-1 rush and beat Mason on the glove side from the right wing at 12:26, one minute into Hampus Lindholm's high-sticking penalty.
Anaheim killed off the rest of the infraction, and Koivu hit the vacated cage with 24 seconds remaining.
Philadelphia got a goal from Michael Raffl on a shot that deflected off a stick with 10 seconds left.
The Ducks grabbed a 1-0 lead when Patrick Maroon, a former draft pick of the Flyers, got his stick on Francois Beauchemin's shot from the high slot and deflected it past Mason at 10:38 of the first period.
Vincent Lecavalier tied the game on a power play at 14:35, but the Philadelphia forward was robbed by the glove of Andersen a few minutes later.
Getzlaf redirected Lindholm's left-point shot to put Anaheim up 2-1 with 35.1 seconds to go in the opening frame.
Corey Perry made it 3-1 on a rush, taking Getzlaf's pass and scoring on a wrister from the slot at 10:29 of the second period.
Matt Read's deflection goal drew the Flyers within 3-2 at 5:48 of the third.
The Flyers have given up nine short-handed goals this season, tying Edmonton for the most allowed in the NHL ... Philadelphia has scored a power-play goal in five consecutive games ... Gritty Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo was activated from injured reserve on Thursday. To make room for Rinaldo, who missed 10 games with a high ankle sprain, on the roster, the Flyers loaned forward Chris VandeVelde to Adirondack of the American Hockey League after he cleared waivers.
01/31 01:18:52 ET