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Flyers Notes: Ron Hextall provides latest on Michal Neuvirth

Flyers Notes: Ron Hextall provides latest on Michal Neuvirth

NEW YORK -- Flyers general manager Ron Hextall refused to say exactly what was the final diagnosis on goalie Michal Neuvirth, but outward signs seem to indicate a sinus infection and chest cold.

Given all his medical tests came back negative for anything else and this was the one issue that had been lingering with Neuvirth, it's safe to say that's why he passed out in his crease during the opening minutes of Saturday's 3-0 win over New Jersey.
 
"My understanding is his sinus was clogged up and that has something to do with it," Hextall said Sunday, reiterating he's not a doctor.

Doctors are not permitted to speak to the media.

"He didn't know [what happened]," Hextall said. "He said neutral zone faceoff and got a little dizzy."
 
Neuvirth was dehydrated, too.
 
"Again, I don't want to get into details, but dehydration affects the body in funny ways, so I am sure when you get sick, hydration is an issue," Hextall said. "I am sure it was probably tied in there. All the tests came back normal."
 
Hextall said that Steve Mason, who missed Saturday's game entirely, had a stomach virus. Mason backed up Anthony Stolarz during Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers (see game story).
 
Several players said a flu bug has been going around the dressing room for a while now and weren't surprised that Neuvirth might have been affected.
 
Asked whether he was comfortable his medical team didn't miss any significant signs that they need to be aware of in the future, Hextall said he had full confidence his medical team handled things correctly.
 
"I don't think there is a whole lot that can be done there," Hextall said. "I have he had a sinus infection for a month-and-a-half now. Guys have had it, too.
 
"If guys didn't play when they had a little sniffle, then we wouldn't have too many players for the whole year. We'd play a dozen every night."
 
Returned
Nick Schultz, a healthy scratch for four games, returned to the lineup in place of Radko Gudas (concussion). Since the All-Star break, Schultz had been scratched 17 of 28 games.
 
Dual shutout
Saturday was the Flyers' first shared goaltender shutout since Nov. 15, 2001, when Brian Boucher and Roman Cechmanek combined to shut out the Washington Capitals, 5-0, in Philadelphia. It is just the third combined shutout on record in Flyers history, joining that one and one by Ron Hextall and John Vanbiesbrouck on Jan. 9, 1999, a 2-0 win against Carolina.

Anderson leads Sens to 4th-ever outdoor shutout

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Anderson leads Sens to 4th-ever outdoor shutout

OTTAWA, Ontario — Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots for his 40th career shutout, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night in the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan and Nate Thompson scored for the Senators, who have consecutive wins for the first time in more than a month.

Carey Price was kept busy as he stopped 35 shots for the Canadiens, but didn't get any offensive support.

The temperature at puck drop was about 12 degrees. Despite the frigid temperatures 33,959 fans filled the stands at TD Place for the first outdoor game for the current Ottawa franchise. The game was part of the NHL's 100th anniversary celebration (see full recap).

Hutton saves 48 shots, outduels Mason in battle of former Flyers 
ST. LOUIS — Carter Hutton made a career-high 48 saves to earn his ninth career shutout as the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-0 Saturday night.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Vince Dunn scored for St. Louis, which snapped a two-game skid.

Hutton improved to 5-2-0 a day after being activated from injured reserve after sustaining a lower body injury. He was tested early and often as Winnipeg peppered him with 15 shots in the first period and 21 more in the second.

Steve Mason, making his first appearance since Nov. 25, stopped 28 shots as Winnipeg lost for the fifth time in six games.

Tarasenko opened the scoring on a power play 9:16 into the first period when he buried a pass from Alexander Steen. That goal was Tarasenko's 15th of the season and third in his last 12 games. It snapped a streak of four games for St. Louis without a power-play goal (see full recap).

Ovechkin's goal gives Capitals OT win over Ducks
WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored on a slap shot at 1:58 of overtime, and the Washington Capitals rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 Saturday night for their sixth straight win at home.

Ovechkin's 23rd goal of the season came on a blast from the top of the right circle that beat Anaheim's John Gibson.

Washington took only 15 shots over the first 40 minutes and trailed 2-0 before Nicklas Backstrom knocked in the rebound of a shot by Ovechkin at 3:05 of the third period.

Evgeny Kuznetsov tied it just over four minutes later, beating Gibson on the stick side with a shot from the left circle.

Braden Holtby had 28 saves for the Capitals, who have won in a row and 10 of 12 (see full recap).

​Eberle's OT goal lifts Islanders past Kings
NEW YORK — Jordan Eberle scored 1:54 into overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

John Tavares, Josh Bailey and Anders Lee also scored to give the Islanders the lead after they trailed 2-0. Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots to help New York win for just the second time in seven games (2-4-1) and improve to 10-2-2 at home.

Oscar Fantenberg, Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings, who have lost three straight after an eight-game winning streak. Darcy Kuemper finished with 29 saves.

Kopitar tied the score 3-3 with 13 seconds remaining in regulation when he knocked the puck past Greiss after a scramble in the crease. Kopitar's team-leading 17th goal came after Lee had given New York a 3-2 lead with 3:16 left (see full recap).

Shayne Gostisbehere leads Flyers to season-high winning streak

Shayne Gostisbehere leads Flyers to season-high winning streak

BOX SCORE

The wins just keep on coming.

The Flyers on Saturday night extended their season-high winning streak to six games with a 2-1 overtime win over the Dallas Stars after Shayne Gostisbehere scored the game-winning goal just seconds into a power play.

Gostisbehere scored both of the Flyers' goals with the man advantage. His first power-play goal was the Flyers' first home power-play goal since Nov. 18, snapping an 0-for-20 drought.

The OT victory also snapped the Flyers' seven-game losing skid in games ending after regulation.

Brian Elliott, who made his seventh straight start, stopped 26 of 27 shots.

Former Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock was looking for his 800th career win.

• It was a rather interesting start to the game, as Claude Giroux and Jamie Benn got tangled up at center ice between the two benches. Benn extended his glove underneath Giroux's chin and a lot of pushing and shoving ensued. Both guys went off for roughing minors.

• During the matching penalties, the Flyers dominated the 4-on-4 play. First, the Flyers' fourth line had an extended possession, though Travis Konecny tried to create a play on his own and wound up with a very low percentage shot near the blue line. The Flyers' best opportunity came when Wayne Simmonds worked a beautiful give-and-go with Sean Couturier that resulted in Simmonds having a break.

• The Stars struck first with their fourth line when Gemel Smith beat Elliott on a one-timer to the far post. The Flyers had enough men back on defense, but they lost coverage when Scott Laughton was caught puck watching and didn't cover the backside pass. By the time Laughton realized it, he was a step behind. Not a good goal to give up, but the Stars have a pretty effective fourth line. 

• Tensions rose again when Dan Hamhuis grabbed Simmonds after firing a shot, and as Couturier came to his defense, he gave Hamhuis a subtle jab that resulted in a two-minute roughing, which negated a Flyers power play after just 30 seconds. Hamhuis appeared to have embellished when he launched his head backward. A no-call should have been the way to go.

• The Stars' combo of Jason Spezza and Alexander Radulov had some effective zone time and took advantage of the Flyers' third defensive pairing of Travis Sanheim and Radko Gudas. Radulov drew a penalty when he made a move past Valtteri Filppula, who reached out and tripped up Radulov. The Stars generated two power-play shots, including one that Elliott appeared to glove after it had been deflected.

• Twenty-five minutes into the game and there wasn't much open ice at all. It was tight checking with both teams clogging up the middle and disrupting the passing lanes. Even when the Flyers turned the puck over, they were able to minimize the damage.

• The Flyers' power play finally got on the board after they were buzzing all over the Stars' net. After Ben Bishop came up with a remarkable save on Simmonds at point-blank range, the Flyers threw everything at Bishop as a result of their quick puck movement, which kept the Stars' penalty killers out for an extended shift. The hard work paid off when Gostisbehere cut backdoor and cleaned up a backside rebound off the boards. One of the Flyers' best all-around power-play efforts of the season.

"We were putting everything we had but the kitchen sink at the net," Gostisbehere said after the second period. "We missed a couple of shots, but they were banking off the boards pretty good and thankfully, I was there to clean it up."

• Gostisbehere came right back and sprung Jakub Voracek on a breakaway with a heads-up two-line stretch pass. Voracek elected to go forehand, but his shot went a foot wide.

• Konecny's scoring frustrations continued when he broke in all alone off a feed from Michael Raffl. Konecny chose to cut across the crease and fire a backhand, but his shot went wide. Konecny could have brought the puck wide to his forehand, creating a better 2-on-0 opportunity with Raffl, but you could see Konecny is more desperate to score a goal.

• The Stars had a matchup advantage late in the second period when a line of Benn, Spezza and Radulov was matched up against the Flyers' fourth line and third defensive pair. As the Stars entered the zone, Sanheim was turned around and fell to the ice. Sanheim's partner, Gudas, hit the deck and broke up a centering pass with his stick. The Flyers finally survived and were able to dump it out of the zone.

• The Flyers' third line of Jordan Weal, Nolan Patrick and Jordan Weal had a strong opening shift to begin the third period. They logged about 30 seconds in the Stars' zone and generated a couple of shots on Bishop.

• Sanheim is usually good for one defensive gaffe per game. The Stars and Lance Pitlick caught Sanheim flat-footed when the puck was lofted high, up and out of the Dallas zone. That resulted in Pitlick blowing past Sanheim and attempting a backhanded breakaway play that went wide of the Flyers' net, similar to Konecny's in the second period.

Lines, pairings and scratches
Forwards
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl-Valtteri Filppula-Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal-Nolan Patrick-Dale Weise
Taylor Leier-Scott Laughton-Travis Konecny

Defense
Ivan Provorov-Andrew MacDonald
Robert Hagg-Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim-Radko Gudas

Goalies
Brian Elliott
Alex Lyon

Scratches: Forward Jori Lehtera and Mark Alt. Both were healthy.