Penguins Slip Past Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, right, brings the puck up ice trailed by Philadelphia Flyers' Rusan Fedotenko in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
Philadelphia — Chris Kunitz scored his second goal just 18 seconds into the third period to cap a four-goal rally and lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers last night.
Pascal Dupuis, James Neal and Tyler Kennedy also scored goals for the Atlantic Division-leading Penguins, who won their third straight game.
Jakub Voracek had two power-play goals, Zac Rinaldo and Kimmo Timonen also scored for the Flyers, who blew a 4-1 lead after the first period.
Both starting goalies — Philadelphia’s Ilya Bryzgalov and Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury — were pulled after allowing four goals.
Scott Hartnell had his tying goal disallowed near the midpoint of the third period because his stick was above the crossbar when he deflected Timonen’s shot into the net.
The Flyers fell to 11-13-1 and remain on the outside of the playoff race with 23 games remaining.
Islanders 1 (ot)
Uniondale, n.y. — Marian Gaborik scored a power-play goal 42 seconds into overtime, and the Rangers rallied for a victory over the Islanders.
Gaborik took a feed in the high slot from Rick Nash, who got the Rangers even at 1 with 5:23 left in regulation, and fired in a shot for his eighth of the season and first in nine games.
The Rangers got their third power play of the night — the only advantages for either team — when Michael Del Zotto was hauled down as he crashed in on Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov 21 seconds into the extra session.
Capitals 7, Panthers 1
Washington — John Erskine, Wojtek Wolski, John Carlson and Mike Ribeiro all scored before the game was 8½ minutes old, and Washington climbed out of a tie for last in the Eastern Conference.
Florida’s Jacob Markstrom allowed two goals on two shots and was pulled after 3 minutes, 10 seconds — the fastest yanking of an NHL goalie for something other than an injury in more than a year, according to Stats LLC. Markstrom’s replacement, Scott Clemmensen, didn’t fare much better, giving up two goals in the first six shots.
Canadiens 4, Hurricanes 2
Raleigh, n.c. — Brandon Prust and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists to lead Montreal over Carolina.
Eller’s goal at 6:09 of the third gave Montreal the lead for good and P.K. Subban added a power-play goal at 7:56 to make it 4-2.
The Canadiens, playing their third game of a five-game road trip, were outshot 44-28 but Carey Price made 42 saves to earn his 12th win of the season.
Carolina goalkeeper Justin Peters, playing his second straight game since being called up from Charlotte of the AHL, made 24 saves on 28 shots.
Devils 3, Sabres 2
Newark, n.j. — David Clarkson and Patrik Elias scored in a shootout and New Jersey rallied from a late two-goal deficit to defeat Buffalo, snapping a season-high six game winless streak.
Elias and Adam Henrique got the Devils to the overtime, scoring in the final 6 1/2 minutes, with Elias tying the game on a rebound with 66 seconds left in regulation.
Thomas Vanek and rookie Brian Flynn staked Buffalo to a 2-0 lead, with Vanek tallying his team-high 13th goal of the season on a second-period power play, and Flynn getting the first of his career midway through the third period.
Johan Hedberg made 23 saves and stopped both Sabres shootout attempts for New Jersey.
Red Wings 3, Oilers 0
Detroit — Jimmy Howard made 22 saves, and Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton scored in the second period to lift Detroit over Edmonton.
Justin Abdelkader’s empty-net goal put the game out of reach.
Jets 2, Lightning 1
Tampa, Fla. — Bryan Little scored a tiebreaking goal late in the third period, Al Montoya made 28 saves, and Winnipeg beat Tampa Bay.
Little slid the puck from in-close past goalie Anders Lindback with 4:08 to play. Winnipeg also got a goal from Eric Tangradi.
The Jets were beaten by the Lightning 8-3 on Feb. 1. This outcome was much different.
Steven Stamkos got his 18th goal this season for the Lightning, who have lost six of seven.
Stamkos tied it at 1 when he skated into the low slot and put a shot past Montoya after taking a pass from Martin St. Louis 6:57 into the third period. St. Louis has five assists and seven points during a five-game points streak.