|The Flyers’ Jeff Carter celebrates scoring against the Canadiens. (Shaun Best/Reuters)|
James van Riemsdyk scored his second goal of the game on a power play 14:27 into the third period and the Philadelphia Flyers extended their winning streak to four with a 5-3 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal last night.
Carey Price made the initial save on the play that led to van Riemsdyk’s goal that gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead. Canadiens defenseman Roman Hamrlik’s clearing attempt put the puck right on the Philadelphia forward’s stick for an easy tally.
Claude Giroux made it a two-goal lead with his 16th goal at 15:28. Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves for his 15th win. Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist, and Nikolay Zherdev also scored for the Flyers, who lead the league with 47 points.
P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist for Montreal, which has lost three in a row for the first time this season. Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta scored 2:54 apart midway through the third for the Canadiens, who trailed 2-0 and 3-1.
Canucks 3, Blue Jackets 2 — Ryan Kesler scored a power-play goal 1:30 into overtime to complete his first NHL hat trick and lift host Vancouver past Columbus.
Kesler, who had 11 previous two-goal games, took a pass from Daniel Sedin on a two-on-one break and fired a quick shot over the outstretched pad of goalie Mathieu Garon.
Roberto Luongo made 28 saves as Vancouver improved to 7-1-1 its last nine games.
Devils 3, Coyotes 0 — Ilya Kovalchuk broke out of a drought with two goals, and Martin Brodeur made 29 saves as host New Jersey snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over Phoenix.
Kovalchuk posted his first multigoal game of the season as Jersey (9-19-2) got its first win this month.
Rangers 4, Penguins 1 — Erik Christensen and Alex Frolov scored 15 seconds apart to spark a four-goal third period, and New York rallied on the road for a victory over Pittsburgh.
Christensen tied it with 9:50 to play, while New York was on the power play, and Frolov gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead by burying his own rebound at 10:25.
Artem Anisimov and Brian Boyle scored 34 seconds apart less than five minutes later to ice the win, sending the Penguins to their second straight loss after winning 12 in a row.
Ducks 2, Capitals 1 — Ryan Getzlaf scored 4:03 into overtime to give visiting Anaheim the win, sending Washington to its seventh straight loss.
The Capitals are on their worst skid since Bruce Boudreau became coach just over three years ago.
Lightning 2, Thrashers 1 — Victor Hedman scored in the fourth round of a shootout to help host Tampa Bay top Atlanta.
The defenseman’s goal was the lone one in the shootout. Hedman has just two goals in 30 games this season.
Sean Bergenheim scored for the Lightning, who have beaten the Thrashers eight straight times.
Red Wings 5, Blues 2 — Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom had three goals and an assist for his first career hat trick to help host Detroit beat St. Louis.
Danny Cleary added a goal and two assists, Niklas Kronwall scored, Henrik Zetterberg had four assists, and Jimmy Howard made 19 saves for Detroit.
Hurricanes 4, Panthers 3 — Tuomo Ruutu scored two third-period goals and Carolina came from behind to beat host Florida.
Ruutu’s goals came 1:28 apart as the Hurricanes overcame a 3-0 deficit and beat the Panthers in Florida for the first time in five games. Erik Cole and Jamie McBain also scored, and Justin Peters had 22 saves for Carolina.
Predators 3, Sharks 2 — Sergei Kostitsyn and Colin Wilson scored goals 44 seconds apart in the third period and host Nashville earned its fourth straight victory by beating San Jose.
Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 3 — Tomas Fleischmann scored three times, including back-to-back, power-play goals in the third period, to lead Colorado over host Chicago.
Colorado stretched its winning streak to four and handed the Blackhawks their ninth regulation loss at home, one more than all of last season.