|R.J. Umberger is pumped up after his second-period goal gave the Flyers a 4-0 lead. (Tom Mihalek/Associated Press)|
The Flyers are hot. The Senators are not.
Scottie Upshall had two goals and an assist to lead the Flyers to their fourth straight win, 6-1 over slumping Senators last night in Philadelphia.
Braydon Coburn, Scott Hartnell, Sami Kapanen, and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Flyers, who have won seven of their last eight games. Philadelphia has lost only once in regulation in its last 13 games (10-1-2).
Chris Kelly scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Senators, who have lost two in a row and four of their last five.
Ottawa was again without its leading scorers. Daniel Alfredsson (29 goals, 31 assists) has missed two games and is day-to-day since injuring his hip against Carolina Thursday, and Dany Heatley (25 goals, 31 assists) is out indefinitely after hurting his right shoulder against Detroit Jan. 12.
"Two big key guys out of the lineup," Kelly said. "When that happens, it gives other guys an opportunity to play more and contribute more. For those guys, they haven't done that so far."
Flyers backup goaltender Antero Niittymaki, who hasn't lost in regulation in his last seven starts (6-0-1), made 25 saves. His only loss during that span came against the Bruins, 4-3, in overtime.
Ottawa's Martin Gerber allowed four goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Ray Emery at the start of the third period.
Devils 3, Maple Leafs 2 - John Madden returned to the lineup after sitting out two games with a right ankle laceration, a pair of losses in which his team had just one goal in each, and scored twice to lead host New Jersey past Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Sunday.
"My thoughts were that we would see how things were going," said Madden. "I was a little winded, since I hadn't skated until Saturday. I felt a little something here and there, but nothing big. I got better as the game went on."
Travis Zajac also scored for the Devils, who ended the two-game home-ice losing streak.
Darcy Tucker and Pavel Kubina scored for Toronto, which had won three straight amid a swirl of rumors that general manager John Ferguson is about to be fired.
Stars 5, Ducks 2 - Brenden Morrow and Niklas Hagman scored two goals each for host Dallas, which ended Anaheim's six-game winning streak.
Stephane Robidas had a rare goal on a power play during a physical first period, and Marty Turco made 18 saves to help the Stars improve to 4-1 against the Ducks this season.
Hagman scored a shorthanded goal and added an empty-netter with 2:09 left to set a career-high with 18 goals.
Oilers 4, Thrashers 2 - The NHL's youngest player, 18-year-old Sam Gagne, helped Edmonton snap a three-game losing streak, giving his team the lead with a second-period goal in a win at Atlanta.
Avalanche 3, Blue Jackets 1 - Jose Theodore made 26 saves, and Ben Guite, Tyler Arnason, and rookie Jeff Finger scored as Colorado beat Columbus in Denver.