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Flyers slide by Predators

Associated Press / February 4, 2011

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Ville Leino scored two goals, including the winner late in the third period, to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators last night in Philadelphia.

Leino’s second goal came with 3:16 left in the game. He spun 360 degrees in front of the net to avoid sliding Nashville forward Martin Erat and beat goalie Anders Lindback with a backhand on the high glove side.

Jeff Carter also scored for the conference-leading Flyers in the start of a four-game homestand.

Sergei Bobrovsky had 26 saves for the Flyers.

Marcel Goc and Joel Ward scored for the Predators.

The Flyers won on the night they honored Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke, their former captain.

They surely made the Stanley Cup champion happy.

Leino scored a power-play goal for his 12th of the season early in the third for a 2-1 lead. He sneaked in a rebound from a side angle for the tough goal, the start of his first two-goal game of the season.

With All-Star Claude Giroux in the penalty box for high-sticking, Ward took advantage and slammed in the rebound from the slot for the power-play goal that tied the game at 2.

Flames 4, Thrashers 2 — Mikael Backlund scored with about six minutes remaining to give Calgary the lead and the streaking Flames finally earned their first win in their former home city, beating Atlanta.

Devils 3, Rangers 2 — Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist for visiting New Jersey, which escaped the NHL cellar with a victory over New York.

Wild 4, Avalanche 3 — Andrew Brunette scored twice and Jose Theodore stopped 38 shots, helping Minnesota win at Colorado.

Maple Leafs 3, Hurricanes 0 — Rookie goaltender James Reimer stopped 27 shots for his first NHL shutout as host Toronto blanked Carolina.

It was just the ninth NHL appearance for the 22-year-old, who appears to have elbowed Jonas Gustavsson out of a job for the time being.

Dany Heatley scored 14 seconds in, Ryane Clowe had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks hung on to beat host Anaheim, 4-3, Wednesday night for their second straight win.

Ben Eager scored his first goal with his new team and Antti Niemi made 27 saves for the Sharks, who pulled even with Anaheim in the Western Conference.

In other late games, Vancouver shut down Phoenix, 6-0, and Los Angeles beat Edmonton, 3-1.

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