Robert Esche made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season and Michal Handzus scored twice as the Philadelphia Flyers completed a home-and-home series sweep of the Maple Leafs with a 4-0 victory last night in Toronto.
The win was costly for the Flyers, who lost defenseman Eric Desjardins for at least six weeks with a broken right arm.
Desjardins was hurt after colliding with teammate Jeremy Roenick, who returned from a one-game NHL suspension. Roenick tried to check Toronto's Mats Sundin along the boards, but hit Desjardins instead. Desjardins, Philadelphia's top defenseman, went down clutching his arm before heading to the dressing room.
The Flyers also beat Toronto, 4-1, Friday night, and have outscored the Maple Leafs, 21-3, in their last four meetings.
Todd Fedoruk and Roenick also scored for the Flyers, who tied Toronto for the most points in the Eastern Conference (59).
Devils 2, Capitals 1 -- Patrik Elias scored both New Jersey goals, including his fourth overtime goal of the season, lifting the Devils past visiting Washington. Elias collected the puck in the Devils end and skated into the Capitals zone. He left a drop pass for Scott Gomez, who found Brian Rafalski open at the point. Rafalski fired a hard shot that goalie Olaf Kolzig dived to stop, but Elias swatted in the rebound to give New Jersey its second win in six games (2-3-1).
Elias's four overtime goals equals a mark held by teammate Scott Niedermayer and Sundin.
Panthers 2, Lightning 1 -- Roberto Luongo made 50 saves and Olli Jokinen scored two third-period goals to lead Florida over visiting Tampa Bay. Luongo kept Florida in the game in the first two periods while the Panthers were being outshot, 34-9. His best save came in the second period when he reached out with his glove to stop Tim Taylor's shot into an open net.
Islanders 4, Sabres 2 -- Kenny Jonsson had a goal and assist, and Rick DiPietro made 27 saves to lead New York over Buffalo in Uniondale, N.Y. Cliff Ronning, Dave Scatchard, and Janne Niinimaa also scored for New York, and Oleg Kvasha and Arron Asham each had a pair of assists. New York has won nine of 11 at home.
Rangers 2, Canadiens 2 -- Alexei Kovalev scored with 5:06 remaining in regulation to lift New York into a tie in Montreal. Kovalev took Eric Lindros's pass from the boards behind the goal line and beat goalie Jose Theodore through the legs from the edge of the crease to tie it, 2-2, at 14:54.
Sharks 2, Avalanche 1 -- Nils Ekman scored early in the third period, helping goaltender Vesa Toskala and San Jose defeat Colorado in Denver. Ekman's 12th goal of the season came just 15 seconds into the period after a turnover in the Colorado end. Alexander Korolyuk passed from the left corner to Ekman in the slot, and he beat David Aebischer.
Stars 3, Flames 2 -- Jere Lehtinen and Jason Arnott scored late in the third period, rallying visiting Dallas past Calgary. Calgary lost leading scorer Jarome Iginla to a left leg injury. Flames goaltender Roman Turek made 23 saves in his first start after missing three months with a torn ligament in his right knee. Mighty Ducks 2, Canucks 1 -- Vaclav Prospal scored the go-ahead goal to end a 17-game goal drought and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped Daniel Sedin on a penalty shot, leading visiting Anaheim past Vancouver.Blues 2, Wild 2 -- Doug Weight scored on a power play with 1:37 remaining in regulation to give St. Louis a tie with visiting Minnesota, which extended its overtime unbeaten streak to 24 games.Predators 2, Oilers 1 -- Scott Walker scored a goal and assisted on another as host Nashville beat Edmonton and stretched its unbeaten streak to six games.