Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Scott Hartnell and Brayden Schenn scored in the second period as the Philadelphia Flyers extended their winning streak to five via a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.
Jakub Voracek scored late in the third, Wayne Simmonds iced the win with an empty-net goal while Steve Mason made 32 saves for Philadelphia (38-35-6).
Jaden Schwartz scored while Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 18 shots for the Blues (47-16-7), who would have clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win.
The Blues can still claim a berth if the Dallas Stars lose to the Ottawa Senators or the Phoenix Coyotes lose to the Boston Bruins later Saturday.
The defeat marked the fourth time this season the Blues have lost back-to-back games in regulation. St. Louis lost 4-0 to Chicago on Wednesday.
St. Louis scored the only goal of the first period when Schwartz scored shorthanded at 6:23. Chris Porter sent a centering pass to Schwartz, who beat Mason with a wrist shot between his glove and right pad for a 1-0 lead.
Hartnell’s 19th of the season tied the game 57 seconds into the period. Voracek found Hartnell skating down the slot, where he lifted a shot over a sliding Miller for a power-play goal.
Schenn gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead on his 18th goal. Simmonds danced through the slot and got a shot on net from close range.
However, Miller made the save but left a rebound loose in the crease just as Schenn got a step on Blues defenseman Barret Jackman, drove to the net and banged in the rebound at 13:24.
Voracek’s 19th goal of the season provided Philadelphia with some much-needed insurance in the third before Simmonds closed scoring with an empty-net goal at 17:06.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia lost forward Steve Downie on the game’s opening shift with an upper-body injury when he collided with the Blues’ Patrik Berglund 45 seconds into the game.