Ville Leino had a goal and assist in the first period and Mike Richards added a shorthanded tally in the second for the road-tested Philadelphia Flyers, who held on for a 3-2 victory over the Rangers last night in New York.
Brian Boucher made 34 saves, but wasn’t severely challenged until the Rangers staged another third-period comeback try. He fell short of his 18th NHL shutout when Wojtek Wolski scored with 10:47 remaining. Derek
The only other downside for the Flyers, who finished a 3-1 road trip, was the end of Danny Briere’s five-game goal streak.
Jeff Carter and Leino scored seconds after the expiration of two power plays in the first period and Richards stretched Philadelphia’s lead to 3-0 in the second with his 23d career shorthanded goal.
Philadelphia won for the sixth time in seven games. The Flyers are tied for the NHL lead with 16 road wins (16-5-3), one more than New York.
Capitals 3, Senators 1 — John Carlson and Brooks Laich scored in a 45-second span in the third period to help host Washington rally to end a three-game losing streak.
Jason Chimera scored the Capitals’ other goal, later in the third period, and Michal Neuvirth finished with 22 saves.
The Senators have lost eight of their last nine games.
The Capitals trailed for most of the way after Mike Fisher gave Ottawa a lead 72 seconds into the game. He scored after Washington couldn’t clear a loose puck from in front of Neuvirth.
Blackhawks 6, Predators 3 — Troy Brouwer scored two goals 40 seconds apart in the third period to give Chicago the lead, and the Blackhawks poured it on to beat visiting Nashville.
Dave Bolland also scored twice for the Blackhawks, who lost, 3-2, in a shootout the night before in Nashville.
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored his 100th goal with less than four minutes left.
J.P. Dumont had two goals for the Predators.
Wild 4, Canucks 0 — Anton Khudobin stopped 32 shots for his first career shutout and Minnesota beat Vancouver in St. Paul.
Andrew Brunette, Martin Havlat, Matt Cullen, and John Madden scored for the Wild, who had been outscored, 13-2, in three straight losses.
Khudobin was recalled from the AHL Jan. 8 after it was determined top goaltender Niklas Backstrom would be out for about another week with an injured hip. Jose Theodore, who took over the top goaltender duties, then sustained a similar injury and Khudobin has started two straight.
Ducks 3, Oilers 2 — Teemu Selanne scored twice and Luca Sbisa added a power-play strike as host Anaheim won for the seventh time in its last nine games.