2014-12-12 / Sports

Flyers open up on Devils; Kings win

BOSTON BRUINS left wing Brad Marchand (63) skates with the puck during the second period of an NHL game in Boston. The Bruins lost to the Chicago Black Hawks, 3-2. 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON BRUINS left wing Brad Marchand (63) skates with the puck during the second period of an NHL game in Boston. The Bruins lost to the Chicago Black Hawks, 3-2. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Read and Sean Couturier each had a goal and an assist to lead Philadelphia over New Jersey, 4-1, in National Hockey League action on Thursday.

Wayne Simmonds added a power-play goal for the Flyers, and Jakub Voracek scored an emptynetter late in the third period to seal the win.

Martin Havlat scored for the Devils.

The Flyers opened a four-game homestand with a needed win after dropping four of five on the road. Three of the four losses were by one goal.

The Devils have lost two straight.

With Steve Mason 0-5 against the Devils, Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers. Emery was 0-4 with a 4.12 GAA in his last four starts. But he was hardly tested against the Devils and earned his fifth win.

Sabres 4, Flames 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Moulson scored twice and Jhonas Enroth stopped 42 shots as Buffalo beat Calgary.

Zemgus Girgensons and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Sabres, and Tyler Ennis had three assists. Moulson’s second of the game, on a pass from Ennis with 7:29 to go, broke the 3-all tie and gave the Sabres their second straight win.

Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan and David Jones scored for Calgary, which outshot Buffalo 45-19.

The Sabres have won four straight at home, and are 4-4 against the Pacific Division.

B-Jackets 3, Capitals 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal at 4:41 of overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves, and Columbus topped Washington for its fifth straight victory.

With Jason Chimera in the penalty box for interference, Foligno put a slap shot from the right circle past goalie Braden Holtby to give the Blue Jackets their only lead of the game.

It was Foligno’s second goal of the game and team-high 13th of the season. Kevin Connauton also scored for Columbus.

Lightning 2, Hurricanes 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals in the third period to lift Tampa Bay over Carolina. Kucherov scored the winner when his pass went off Carolina defenseman Ron Hainsey and into the net with 30.3 seconds to play.

Lightning backup Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves in his 353rd NHL victory, two away from tying Rogie Vachon for 17th place on the league’s career list.

Kings 5, Senators 3

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Trevor Lewis’ goal at 4:02 of the third period held up as the winner as Los Angeles beat Ottawa in Dave Cameron’s first game as Senators head coach.

Cameron was promoted on Monday by Ottawa after Paul MacLean was fired. oal of the season.

Blues 6, Islanders 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen scored two goals, and Jake Allen made 25 saves in St. Louis’ win against the suddenly slumping New York Islanders.

Steen’s goal at 4:34 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie. T.J. Oshie and Paul Stastny added insurance goals at 15:47 and 17:48.

Predators 5, Coyotes 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — James Neal had a goal and an assist, Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots for his NHL-best 19th win, and Nashville sent slumping Arizona to its eighth straight loss.

Avalanche 4, Jets 3

DENVER (AP) — Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist in regulation and scored the decisive goal in the shootout, Calvin Pickard had 30 saves through overtime, and stopped two more shots with the game on the line as Colorado rallied to beat Winnipeg.

Sharks 2, Wild 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Alex Stalock made 18 saves against his hometown team to lead the San Jose to its seventh win in eight games, beating Minnesota.

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