Penguins 5, Flyers 2
Sidney Crosby's continued dominance of the Flyers helped the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins move back into first place.
Conor Sheary scored two goals, Crosby had three assists and Pittsburgh into the top spot in the Metropolitan Division with a victory over the Flyers on Wednesday night.
Phil Kessel, Jamie Oleksiak and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, who have won three straight. Pittsburgh (39-25-4, 82 points) moved one point ahead of idle Washington and three in front of third-place Philadelphia.
Crosby continued to haunt the Flyers, upping his total to 91 points in 62 career games against Pittsburgh's intrastate rival.
"Everybody gets up for it," Crosby said of the rivalry. "It brings out the best in everybody."
Crosby's third assist gave him 1,100 career points.
"His line was dynamic," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
Sheary began the game on the fourth line, but played alongside Crosby for parts of the night - and benefited greatly. Crosby assisted on both goals to help Sheary break out of a slump, as he entered without a goal in 15 straight contests.
"He goes to tough areas and plays bigger than he is," Crosby said of the 5-foot-8 Sheary.
"Thrilled for Conor," Sullivan said. "Essentially what I told him is, 'Nothing lasts forever.'"
Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek had goals for the Flyers, who lost their fourth in a row.
"We didn't play a complete game 5-on-5," Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said. "We made some mistakes."
The teams combined for six goals in an electrifying second period.
Voracek netted his 15th of the season 2:07 into the period to tie it at 1. Nolan Patrick caused a turnover with strong backchecking, passed to Voracek and his shot from the side boards deflected off Pittsburgh's Derick Brassard and past Tristan Jarry.
Konecny put Philadelphia ahead 3:54 later when he batted the puck over Jarry's right pad.
But the Penguins scored three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead into the third.
"They scored when they needed to score," Voracek said. "They make you pay."
Oleksiak tied it at 2 with 10:36 remaining with a slap shot that got through the screen of Crosby and Jake Guentzel and past Peter Mrazek.
"He can really shoot the puck, has a bomb of a shot," Sullivan said.
Sheary gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead with his first of the night, finishing a 2-on-1 break with Crosby with 5:35 remaining in the period. Mrazek made a good pad save on Crosby's initial shot. But the rebound went right to Sheary, who backhanded it in for his 13th of the season.
Sheary's second goal from a sharp angle with 49.3 seconds left in the period put Pittsburgh ahead by two goals. Guentzel's shot from the high slot deflected off Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning to a wide-open Sheary to the right of the net, and Mrazek couldn't recover in time. Crosby got a secondary assist on the goal, his third of the night.
Kessel, playing in his 900th NHL game, opened the scoring with 1:25 left in the first period on the power play on assists from Malkin and Crosby. Malkin set the goal up with a perfect pass across the crease, and Kessel converted the easy finish with a forehand shot for his 28th goal.
Malkin's goal was an empty-netter with 1:41 remaining.
Flames 5, Sabres 1
Sam Bennett and Mark Jankowski scored three minutes apart in the first period and Calgary snapped a four-game skid.
Calgary improved to 1-3-1 in its last five games to gain ground in the tightly contested Western Conference playoff race. With 76 points, the Flames jumped into 10th place, a point ahead of idle St. Louis, and within one of Los Angeles and Colorado. Mark Giordano also had a goal and assist, while Sean Monahan and Dougie Hamilton also scored.
The Flames won at Buffalo for just the second time in 14 trips (2-8-3 and a tie), and first time in regulation since a 3-1 win on March 15, 1996.
Rookie David Rittich stopped 25 shots before having his first career shutout bid spoiled when Casey Nelson scored with 18 seconds remaining.
Coyotes 2, Canucks 1
Derek Stepan scored with 58 seconds left in the third period, leading Arizona over Vancouver.
Clayton Keller assisted on the winning goal and also scored in the first period for the Coyotes, who are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games.
Backup Darcy Kuemper made 16 saves in place of starter Antti Raanta, who missed the game due to injury.
Jussi Jokinen scored for the Canucks, who have lost four of their past five games and will likely be without star rookie Brock Boeser for the rest of the regular season after he injured his back against the New York Islanders on Monday night. Jacob Markstrom stopped 32 shots.
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