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Flyers Skate Past Habs

Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) and Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner (89) battle in the corner during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) and Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner (89) battle in the corner during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

Philadelphia — Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored goals, Steve Mason made 20 saves, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night.

Jakub Voracek had two assists, and Giroux also had an assist to help the Flyers snap a three-game losing streak and extend their home winning streak to six games. They were coming off a 2-3-1 trip in which they finished up 0-2-1.

Mason shut the Canadiens out for 59 minutes before Alex Galchenyuk scored with 55.1 seconds left to cut it to 2-1.

The Canadiens have lost two in a row after going 9-0-1. They followed a 6-0 loss at home to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday with another offensive clunker.

The Flyers didn’t show any ill effects from a 13-day trip. Despite a 7-2 loss at Chicago on Wednesday, they looked fresh from the start.

Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2

New York — Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov and David Savard scored in the first 11:10 and Columbus beat the Rangers, sending New York to its fourth straight loss.

The Rangers, 0-3-1 on its nine-game homestand, closed within 3-2 in the third period, but Ryan Johansen pushed Columbus’ lead back to two goals with 1:32 left.

The Blue Jackets goalie tandem of Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna, who are subbing for injured reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 32 of 34 shots.

Columbus (14-15-3) has won two in a row.

Senators 2, Sabres 1

Ottawa, Ontario — Craig Anderson stopped 40 shots in the Senators’ win over Buffalo.

Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith scored for the Senators (13-14-6), who have earned at least a point in four straight games.

Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal for the Sabres (7-23-2), and Ryan Miller made 30 saves.

This was the second of back-to-back games between the teams. Buffalo earned a 2-1 shootout victory on Tuesday.

Anderson was solid in the third with the Senators holding a 2-1 lead. He made a big early save on Mark Pysyk, and another on Drew Stafford late to preserve the lead. He was called upon yet again in the final two minutes after Milan Michalek took a holding penalty.

Blues 6, Maple Leafs 3

St. Louis — David Backes scored twice and Jaden Schwartz added a goal and two assists to lead St. Louis over Toronto.

St. Louis has eight of 11 overall. At 13-2-2, the Blues tied with Boston, Pittsburgh and Minnesota for most home-ice wins.

Toronto lost its third in a row.

Alexander Steen, Derek Roy and Chris Stewart scored for St. Louis, which has points in its last six games against Toronto. The teams met for the first time since Nov. 10, 2011.

Lightning 2 Red Wings 1 (so)

Tampa, Fla. — Martin St. Louis scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and Tampa Bay beat Detroit.

St. Louis netted the lone shootout goal when he beat Jonas Gustavsson to the stick side. Detroit, which has lost all six of it shootouts this season, failed this time against Ben Bishop.

Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning in regulation. Kyle Quincey had the Red Wings’ only goal of the night.

Quincey put the Red Wings up 1-0 with his first goal in 51 games, a rebound backhander from along the goal line just past the post at 15:04 of the first. The defenseman also snapped a 16-game point drought.

Predators 3, Stars 1

Nashville, Tenn. — David Legwand had a goal and an assist to lead Nashville past Dallas.

Patric Hornqvist and Paul Gaustad also scored for Nashville, which has won two straight. Carter Hutton made 33 saves and improved to 6-3-1 in his second straight start.

Erik Cole had the only goal for Dallas, which has lost three of four.

Nashville closed the first period with power-play goals from Hornqvist and Legwand just 28 seconds apart.

Avalanche 4, Jets 3 (so)

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau scored in the shootout, and Colorado stopped a two-game losing skid by beating Winnipeg.

Duchene also scored twice and added an assist in regulation. Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.

Blake Wheeler scored twice, Michael Frolik added another goal, and Grant Clitsome had a pair of assists for Winnipeg.