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Leino’s goals keep Flyers atop East

Flyers’ Danny Briere (left) and Andrej Meszaros (right) celebrate the first of Ville Leino’s two third-period goals. Flyers’ Danny Briere (left) and Andrej Meszaros (right) celebrate the first of Ville Leino’s two third-period goals. (Jason Cohn/Reuters)
Associated Press / March 30, 2011

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Ville Leino and the Philadelphia Flyers found a way to solve Marc-Andre Fleury and might have put away the pesky Pittsburgh Penguins, too.

Leino scored twice in the third period for the Flyers, who rallied to beat the Penguins, 5-2, last night at Pittsburgh to stay atop the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia has led the conference and the Atlantic Division since Jan. 8, but the Penguins had won 8 of 10 and had a chance to tie their cross-state rivals at 100 points with a regulation victory.

Goals by Jeff Carter, Scott Hartnell, and Claude Giroux and 25 saves by Sergei Bobrovsky helped preserve the conference lead for the Flyers, who won in regulation for the second time in seven games. They have a 3-point lead on Washington in the race for the No. 1 seed in the East.

Alex Kovalev and Tyler Kennedy scored for Pittsburgh, which had won four straight in a shootout to stay in the division race despite being without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for most of the second half of the season.

Canadiens 3, Thrashers 1 — Roman Hamrlik and Mathieu Darche scored 11 seconds apart in the first period to end Montreal’s three-game goal drought as the host Canadiens beat Atlanta.

Hamrlik scored Montreal’s first goal in 10 days, 12 hours, and 56 minutes to end a 199-minute, 1-second scoring drought. That goal had not even been announced when Darche made it 2-0 at 13:07.

Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 — Mikhail Grabovski scored in the second period and rookie Nazem Kadri added two assists to help Toronto pull out a victory at home.

The Maple Leafs are still 5 points behind eighth-place Buffalo, and 2 behind Carolina, and will likely need to win all five of their remaining games to have a chance.

Hurricanes 3, Capitals 2 — Jeff Skinner scored a goal and converted his shootout attempt to lift Carolina to a road win over Washington, dropping the Capitals 3 points behind the Flyers in the East.

Skinner’s goal tied the score at 2 less than two minutes into the third period, when his seemingly innocuous shot knuckled past Washington’s Semyon Varlamov.

Lightning 5, Senators 2 — Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore each scored two goals to lead host Tampa Bay past Ottawa.

Steven Stamkos had an empty-net goal and Simon Gagne had two assists for the Lightning, who have won two in a row after a four-game losing skid.

Coyotes 2, Stars 1 — Ilya Bryzgalov had a career-high 44 saves, then made the game-saving pad block in a shootout to preserve host Phoenix’s victory, which kept the Coyotes 1 point ahead of Los Angeles for fourth in the Western Conference, although the Kings have six games remaining and the Coyotes four.

Kings 2, Oilers 0 — Dustin Brown scored two goals and Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots to record his third shutout of the season as visiting Los Angeles won its fourth straight. The Kings are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.

The Oilers have lost 10 straight, their worst skid since a 13-game slide last season.

Canucks 3, Predators 1 — Alex Burrows scored twice in the third period and Vancouver won its ninth straight on the road, clinching the top spot in the Western Conference.

Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 2 — Maksim Mayorov had the lone goal in his first NHL shootout, and Steve Mason stopped all three Florida attempts as Columbus snapped a six-game home losing skid.

Blues 3, Wild 2 — Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored in regulation and in the shootout, helping Minnesota end an eight-game losing streak by beating St. Louis on the road.

Chris Stewart scored twice for the fifth time in 20 games since joining the Blues.

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