NHL Roundup

Minnesota's Zach Parise shoots on an empty net but does not score as Los Angeles' goalie Jonathan Quick defends from behind during Saturday's game in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won in a shootout, 4-3.
Minnesota's Zach Parise shoots on an empty net but does not score as Los Angeles' goalie Jonathan Quick defends from behind during Saturday's game in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won in a shootout, 4-3.

Flyers 3, Bruins 1

Philadelphia wants to play the way it did on Saturday for the rest of the season.

Mike Knuble and Matt Read scored, Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over slumping Boston.

Ruslan Fedotenko added an empty-net goal for the Flyers, who began the day in 14th in the Eastern Conference but only six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. Boston, meanwhile, entered with the third-most points in the conference (46).

"That was a huge two points for us and hopefully from here we can play with confidence like we did tonight and keep on the same tracks and keep going," Read said. "It's been kind of a tough season for us and tonight is a momentum builder. With the remaining games, if we keep playing like that, who knows? We just have to keep winning and try to make a playoff run."

With just 14 games left, Philadelphia is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007. That made Saturday's performance against the loaded Bruins somewhat perplexing for the Flyers.

Nathan Horton scored for the Bruins, who dropped to 2-4-1 in their last seven games. They had won four in a row against the Flyers and were unbeaten in their previous 10 trips to Philadelphia (9-0-1).

"We know we have to get better," said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who made 19 saves. "We haven't played that bad, but it's uncharacteristic mistakes. And it's something we need to get rid of.

"It happens but then again ... we know we need to get better in all areas. It's weird because we're not playing awful and we're losing games, but we know it's not good enough."

Coach Claude Julien said the Bruins aren't playing with any consistency.

"You get some spurts where you're seeing some good things, but then the next line going up can't follow up," he said. "So we are not able to sustain much right now. The biggest challenge is every game we have one line that's scoring and the other three don't do a thing. Then it's a different line another game and then the other three don't do it. We can't win hockey games with just relying on one line per night producing for us."

Boston went 0 for 2 on the power play and has scored once in its last 16 chances with the man advantage.

"We're very average in all areas," Julien said. "Average and not even playing Bruins hockey. Like I said when you only go in spurts, you can't expect to win."

Canadiens 3, Rangers 0

Carey Price and a strong Canadiens defense were too much for New York.

The Montreal goaltender made 34 saves for his third shutout of the season and the Canadiens shut out the Rangers.

But he gave a lot of credit to his defense.

"The guys did a great job of blocking guys out," said Price, who shut out New York for the second time this season while posting his 19th of his career. "I saw most of the shots and the ones I didn't just seemed to hit me.

"They had a few scoring chances, but they cleared a lot of garbage and blocked a lot of shots."

Michael Ryder and Tomas Plekanec scored in the first period and Brendan Gallagher got one in the second for the Canadiens, who swept their three games with New York this season, outscoring the Rangers 9-1.

The Canadiens moved three points ahead of Boston for first place in the Northeast Division.

P.K. Subban had three assists to give him 27 points in 28 games.

The Rangers, the NHL's lowest-scoring team, were coming off a 3-0 shutout loss in Ottawa on Thursday night. Once again, they failed to score for goalie Martin Biron.

They had chances, particularly in the first period when they had 17 shots on goal, but nothing went in. Derek Stepan had a chance to score into an open side on a rebound during a first-period power play, but Alexei Elemin got a piece of stick and the shot sailed high.

J.T. Miller had two good chances foiled by Price, while Ryan Callahan had five shots.

New York is on the bubble for a playoff spot and is back on the ice Monday night at home against another team in the same situation, Winnipeg.

"We have to stay positive," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "We'll try to correct some things that are going wrong, but we'll work on the positives.

"We developed some scoring chances and just didn't score."

The Rangers were expected to be an elite team in the Eastern Conference this season, but they need to find their game with 14 games left in the lockout-shortened season.

"We skated hard," Tortorella said. "We forechecked and developed scoring chances.

"But we can't have any moral victories here. We need to finish at key times. We have to change momentum our way."

Penguins 2, Islanders 0

Pittsburgh overcame an injury to Sidney Crosby for its 15th straight victory, beating New York in Jarome Iginla's debut behind third-period goals from Matt Cooke and James Neal.

Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves as Pittsburgh moved within two wins of the NHL record of 17 straight victories set by Mario Lemieux and the 1992-93 Penguins.

Crosby skated off the ice with a towel covering his mouth after a slap shot by teammate Brooks Orpik deflected off a stick and hit the NHL scoring leader in the face just 1:28 into the game. Crosby, who immediately fell to the ice and tossed his stick in the air, did not return.

Crosby, with 15 goals and 56 points, holds a 10-point lead over Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos in the NHL scoring race. Another head injury for Crosby has to concern the Penguins. The team captain has missed considerable time the past two years because concussions. He was sidelined the final 41 games in 2011 and the Stanley Cup finals, and skipped most of the 2012 regular season as symptoms lingered.

Pittsburgh went 15-0-0 in March, the first perfect month in league history. The Penguins also won a franchise best 12th straight at home.

Panthers 3, Devils 2 (OT)

Dmitry Kulikov scored his first goal of the season at 1:43 of overtime and Florida won its second straight at home for the first time this season.

Kulikov's shot from the right circle beat Martin Brodeur on the far side.

Shawn Matthias scored two goals for the Panthers and Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves.

Steve Bernier scored two goals and Brodeur stopped 27 shots for the Devils, losers of three straight.

Hurricanes 3, Jets 1

Justin Peters made 34 saves to help Carolina keep its playoff hopes alive with a victory over Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg.

Alex Semin and Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist, and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Carolina. The Hurricanes snapped a seven-game winless streak to improve to 16-15-2 and move within four points of the Jets.

Olli Jokinen scored for Winnipeg. The Jets dropped to 18-16-2.

The Hurricanes scored barely over a minute into the game when Semin snapped one after Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec blocked Staal's wrap-around attempt.

Jokinen's wrister at 9:41, a second after the end of Carolina's first power play, made it 2-0.

Jokinen put Winnipeg on the board at 1:26 of the second off a neat backward pass from Evander Kane as he passed the Carolina net.

Avalanche 1, Predators 0 (OT)

Tyson Barrie scored at 50 seconds of overtime and Colorado beat Nashville.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and the 11th of his career.

Pekka Rinne had 23 saves for Nashville, which has lost two straight.

Barrie scored when he came down the right side and knocked in Greg Zanon's rebound past Rinne. It was Barrie's second goal of the season and ended a four-game skid for the Avalanche.

P.A. Parenteau had his team-leading 21st assist on the play.

Maple Leafs 4, Senators 0

Nazem Kadri had a hat trick and James Reimer made 31 saves and Toronto won its third straight game and extended its point streak to eight games.

Joffrey Lupul also scored and added three assists for the Leafs, while Kadri also picked up an assist.

Ben Bishop made 19 saves for the Senators.

The Leafs led 1-0 after the first period and 2-0 after the second before Kadri scored twice in the opening five minutes of the third period to complete his hat trick.

Capitals 4, Sabres 3 (SO)

Alex Ovechkin scored once in regulation and again in a shootout to help Washington rally for the win and take sole possession of 11th place, a point ahead of Buffalo in the tightly contested Eastern Conference standings.

Matt Hendricks also scored for Washington in the shootout, while Capitals goalie Braden Holtby stopped both of Buffalo's shootout attempts. Mike Green capped a two-goal third-period rally and forced overtime by scoring with 40 seconds left. Troy Brouwer had a goal and assist for Washington, which is 4-1 in its past five.

Ville Leino scored twice and Christian Ehrhoff also scored for the Sabres, who are 0-1-2 in their past three.

Wild 4, Kings 3 (SO)

Mikko Koivu scored in a shootout and Minnesota bounced back for a win after having its seven-game win streak ended a night earlier in Dallas.

Koivu also had two assists in regulation. Matt Cullen also had a goal, Zach Parise had a goal and an assist and Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots for the Wild.

Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter had power-play goals, and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings, who blew a two-goal lead and fell to 2-1 on their five-game road trip. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 25 saves.

Backstrom won his eighth consecutive start and his 19th game of the season a night after sitting out for the first time in 13 games.

Sharks 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)

Logan Couture scored the lone goal in the shootout to lead San Jose to its fourth straight win.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic celebrated his 26th birthday by scoring the game-tying goal with 5 minutes left in the third period. Joe Pavelski also scored for the Sharks.

Antti Niemi made 27 saves as San Jose extended its longest winning streak since opening the season with seven consecutive wins. Niemi stopped Antoine Vermette in overtime and turned aside all three shootout attempts.

Boyd Gordon and Radim Vrbata scored for the Coyotes, who have lost eight of their past nine games to plummet in the Western Conference standings. Jason LaBarbera made 32 saves to lose his seventh straight decision to San Jose.


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