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Montreal Earns Victory at Home; Leafs Blank Sens
Fans cheer on players from the Montreal Canadiens as they celebrate a goal by teammate Tomas Plekanec, unseen, during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Montreal, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
Montreal — Rookie Brendan Gallagher had a goal and assist before leaving the game with an injury and the Montreal Canadiens downed the Philadelphia Flyers for their third win in a row last night, 4-1.
David Desharnais, Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque also scored for the Canadiens, who outshot the tired-looking Flyers 29-19. Gallagher left four minutes into the third period after being hit into the boards by Luke Schenn and did not return. There was no immediate word on the injury.
Daniel Briere scored for Philadelphia, which has lost three of its last four games.
Maple Leafs 3, Senators 0
Toronto — Ben Scrivens stopped 34 shots for his first career shutout and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the injury-ravaged Ottawa Senators 3-0 on Saturday night.
Scrivens was making his second straight start since incumbent James Reimer injured a knee in Monday night’s 5-2 win over Philadelphia.
Frazer McLaren, Tyler Bozak and John-Michael Liles scored for Toronto, which earned its fifth win in six games overall.
Lightning 6, Panthers 5 (OT)
Sunrise, Fla. — Benoit Pouliot scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, and Tampa Bay ended a six-game losing streak.
Steven Stamkos also scored twice, and Teddy Purcell and Alexander Killorn once each for the Lightning. Anders Lindback made 25 saves.
Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the third period to put the Panthers ahead.
Jerred Smithson, Jack Skille, and Shawn Matthias also scored, and Jose Theodore stopped 30 shots.
Islanders 5, Devils 1
Uniondale, n.y. — John Tavares scored three goals and assisted on another to lead New York over New Jersey.
Matt Moulson had a goal and three assists, Michael Grabner scored with 35 seconds left, and Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves for the Islanders, who beat the Rangers 4-3 in a shootout Thursday night.
The Devils’ lone goal was Marek Zidlicky’s power play slap shot 8:47 into the third.
Coyotes 5, Blue Jackets 3
Glendale, Ariz. — Martin Hanzal had two goals and an assist and the Phoenix Coyotes won for the third time in four games.
Hanzal scored the final two goals of the game, the first a rare Phoenix power-play score to break a 3-3 tie with 11:42 to play.
Ducks 3, Predators 2
Nashville, Tenn. — Nick Bonino and Corey Perry scored in the shootout to give the Anaheim Ducks a win over the Nashville Predators.
The victory was Anaheim’s fourth straight and eighth in its last nine games. Nashville’s loss halted a three-game winning streak.
In the tiebreaker, Anaheim goaltender Viktor Fasth allowed just one of three Nashville shooters to score. He improved to 8-0-0 on the season, with four of those victories coming in shootouts. Pekka Rinne stopped one of Anaheim’s three shootout attempts.
Matt Beleskey and Patrick Maroon had goals for the Ducks in regulation. David Legwand and Shea Weber scored for Nashville.
Bruins to Visit Newtown
Newtown, Conn. — The Boston Bruins plan to become the latest ambassadors from the world of sports to visit Newtown in the wake of December’s massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary school.
The Bruins have scheduled a series of events in town tomorrow, including a street-hockey clinic, a clinic with the high school’s hockey team, an autograph session with children and a meeting with first responders, who will be given autographed and framed jerseys.
Natalie Green Hammond, Sandy Hook Elementary School’s vice principal and a lifelong Bruins fan, also has been invited to drop the first puck at the team’s game against Montreal on March 3.