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SAN JOSE — The Flyers' nose dive continued Friday night at SAP Center with a 2-0 loss to the streaking Sharks.
 
Patrick Marleau’s early goal was all San Jose needed on a night when Steve Mason was injured and Anthony Stolarz replaced him net.
 
The Flyers lacked quality chances throughout the game, while the ice seemed tilted in the Sharks' favor with the play contained most in the Flyers' defensive end.
 
Claude Giroux’s line was mostly invisible, although he hit the post late in the game.
 
Going back the past two seasons, the Flyers came into the game having lost nine straight during any road trip after Christmas. That includes the loss in St. Louis on Wednesday.

Mason made his 20th start in 22 games, but left the game after one period with a bruised left hand (see story). Stolarz (21 saves) finished the game and like Mason, was under attack.
 
Justin Braun iced it with 4:37 left, scoring off an odd-man rush where the Flyers overplayed the other side of the ice.

Rookie goalie Aaron Dell picked up his first career shutout. He played for Dave Hakstol at North Dakota.
 
The start
Another poor one as Mason was under siege, facing nine shots vs. the Flyers' one on Dell.
 
Notable goals
Marleau’s goal late in the first period for a 1-0 Sharks lead was his 156th career power-play goal. It was also his 491th career goal, good for 46th all-time, tying Jean Ratelle.
 
Goalie report
Mason was under siege that first period, facing 12 shots. Stolarz played very well in relief, finishing with 21 saves.
 
Power play
The Flyers are not getting good shots through and too many are wide of the net. No sustained offensive threat, which had been the norm a few weeks ago when it was ranked first in the NHL. The Flyers were 0 for 2.
 
Penalty kill
After making great strides since late November, it’s on the negative side of the curve. Marleau’s tally was the fifth power-play goal the Flyers have yielded over three games. San Jose was 1 for 3 on its power play.
 
Injuries
Mason has a bruised left hand after Joe Thornton’s stick got caught in his blocker in the first period. Mason finished the period and didn’t return.
 
Fights
Scrum between Wayne Simmonds and Thornton after the Mason injury, but that’s it.
 
Scratches
Defenseman Radko Gudas (upper body) and Mark Streit (left shoulder); forwards Travis Konecny (healthy), Roman Lyubimov (left knee) and Matt Read (oblique pull); goalie Michal Neuvirth (left knee).
 
Up next
The Flyers will practice New Year’s Eve in Anaheim and face the Ducks on New Year’s Day at 8 p.m.