Hartnell picks up Flyers
Shorthanded Philadelphia posts fourth straight win
Scott Hartnell has found a comfortable place in front of the opposing net.
The Flyers right wing scored two goals and Claude Giroux added one to lead host Philadelphia to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes last night.
After not recording a point through the team’s first four games, Hartnell has one in seven of the past eight, which coincides with the cutting of his trademark long curly hair.
“I feel lighter,’’ Hartnell said with a laugh. “I lost about a pound since I cut that mop off. I feel good.’’
So do the Flyers. Playing without center Danny Briere, who began a three-game suspension for a crosscheck on the Islanders’ Frans Nielson Saturday, Philadelphia won its fourth straight after losing four of five, and took over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. The Hurricanes have lost two of three.
Peter Laviolette, who led Carolina to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2006, started Sergei Bobrovsky over veteran Brian Boucher, who had a 5-1-0 career record against the Hurricanes. Bobrovsky, a 22-year-old rookie, made 26 saves. He made his fourth straight start and is earning the bulk of the playing time while the team waits for the return of Michael Leighton.
Rangers 3, Blackhawks 2 — Brandon Dubinsky’s second goal of the game, a power-play tally in the first minute of the third period, snapped a tie and helped New York to a victory at Madison Square Garden.
Patrick Kane answered that goal to tie it at 2 at 6:08 of the third, but Erik Christensen put New York back on top just 28 seconds later.
Dubinsky, who leads New York with seven goals, got the Rangers even 1-1 in the final minute of the first period. Both goals were set up by linemates Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov. Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves as the Rangers won their second straight and earned just their second home victory (2-3-1).
Tomas Kopecky also scored for Chicago, which dropped its fourth in six games.
Canucks 3, Devils 0 — Raffi Torres and Ryan Kesler staked host Vancouver to a two-goal lead early in the second period, and Roberto Luongo made 30 saves as New Jersey dropped to 3-9-1, its worst start in 27 years.
Henrik Sedin rounded out the scoring on a penalty shot with 6:17 left as the Canucks improved to 5-0-1 on home ice.