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NHL Roundup: Flames Burn Buffalo

  • Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett (93) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Wednesday, March. 7, 2018, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

  • Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan (23) shoots the puck past Buffalo Sabres goalie Chad Johnson (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, March. 7, 2018, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

  • Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) stops Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan (18) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, March. 7, 2018, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

  • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin (93) is checked by Calgary Flames forward Curtis Lazar (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, March. 7, 2018, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

  • Buffalo Sabres goalie Chad Johnson (31) makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames, Wednesday, March. 7, 2018, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

  • Calgary Flames forwards Micheal Ferland (79) and Sean Monahan (23) celebrate a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Wednesday, March. 7, 2018, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Travis Konecny (11) scores a goal past Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang (58), Carl Hagelin (62) and Tristan Jarry (35) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)



Thursday, March 08, 2018

Buffalo, n.y. — Sam Bennett and Mark Jankowski scored three minutes apart in the first period and the Calgary Flames snapped a four-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

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.

Penguins 5, Flyers 2

Philadelphia — Conor Sheary scored two goals, Sidney Crosby had three assists and Pittsburgh moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division, beating Philadelphia.

Phil Kessel, Jamie Oleksiak and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, 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.

Bruins’ Backes Banned

New York — Boston Bruins forward David Backes has been suspended for three games for a shoulder to the head of Detroit’s Frans Nielsen.

The decision was announced by the league on Wednesday, a day after Backes knocked Nielsen from Boston’s 6-5 overtime victory. Nielsen had already unloaded the puck when Backes drove his shoulder into the Red Wings forward, who fell to the ice, left the game and did not return.

“In addition to the lateness of the check, what elevates this hit to merit supplemental discipline is the significant head contact that occurs, and the force with which it is delivered,” the league’s video explanation said.

The fact that Nielsen was injured was taken into account, as was Backes’ clean record.

The suspension without pay will cost Backes $96,774.