ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Flyers go into their three-day holiday break in good spirits.
They are 3-0 on their critical eight-game road trip after a workmanlike 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Flyers (14-14-6) got goals from all four lines, including another tally by the revived Vinny Lecavalier.
Lecavalier, playing right wing on the fourth line, tipped in Andrew MacDonald's wrist shot with 14 minutes, 31 seconds left to put the Flyers ahead, 4-2. It was his third goal in the last two games after a 14-game streak without one.
"It's a good start; we're looking for each other as a line, looking to make plays at the right time," said Lecavalier, 34, who has played well in all four games since returning from a seven-game benching.
Jake Voracek, who had two assists to increase his league-leading points total to 46, said Lecavalier looks "more confident with the puck. He's more involved, physically. I think the couple games he didn't play, he worked out real hard and skated real hard, so it's actually helped him. He's winning board battles and he's being rewarded for that. He's a real important player for us."
Perhaps compensating for the loss of No. 1 goalie Steve Mason three games ago because of an apparent back injury, the Flyers have been playing with more structure recently.
"We played the way we should play on the road," Lecavalier said after the Flyers avenged last month's 3-2 loss to the Wild. "We played hard and physical, and got a good effort from everybody."
Four minutes before Lecavalier's fifth goal of the season, Minnesota appeared to tie it at 3-3, but Zach Parise's rebound goal was disallowed by the war room in Toronto, which ruled the puck went under the side of the net after it was lifted off its moorings.
"With my skate pressed up against the post and my leg pressed up against the post, the puck can't go in, so it's got to be something funny that happened," said goalie Ray Emery, who made 22 saves and raised his record to 7-4-1.
With 2:52 left, the Wild had another goal disallowed, this time because it was scored by Thomas Vanek with a high stick.
Michael Raffl closed the scoring with an empty-net goal.
Wayne Simmonds scored on a right-circle shot with 4:38 remaining in the second period to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead. Goalie Darcy Kuemper went down, and Simmonds, after taking a nice pass from Brayden Schenn, fired high to the left side for his team-leading 15th goal.
The Flyers, who matched their longest winning streak of the season at three games - and improved to 4-0-2 in their last six road games - remained six points out of a playoff spot.
"We definitely have to stay humble," defenseman Nick Grossmann said. "We still have a long way to go."
Minnesota had tied the score at 2-2 on Charlie Coyle's power-play goal with 16:17 left in the second. Jason Pominville's shot deflected off Coyle and past Emery, who had no chance. It was Coyle's first goal in 27 games.
The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux in the first 9:33.
Tenacious forechecking by Couturier and R.J. Umberger led to the first goal. Couturier took a pass from Umberger and scored when his shot deflected off the skate of Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter with 12:44 left in the first.
"Lucky goal, but I'll take it," Couturier said.
It was the 22-year-old center's ninth goal, and it put him on a pace for 22 - nine more than his career best.
A little over two minutes after Couturier's goal, Giroux scored on a juicy rebound allowed by Kuemper, his 11th goal of the season. At that point, the Flyers had the game's first eight shots.
Kuemper, who had been pulled in four of the previous five home games, was playing because expected starter Niklas Backstrom came down with the flu. Five Wild players have recovered from the mumps this season.
After the holiday break, the Flyers face their ex-coach, Peter Laviolette, in Nashville on Saturday, then play road games against Arizona, Colorado, Carolina, and New Jersey. Nashville is the only team with a winning record in that group.