Briere’s hat trick lifts Flyers
Philadelphia pulls out overtime win over Ottawa
Danny Briere completed his hat trick with 5.3 seconds left in overtime to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators yesterday in Philadelphia.
The victory was the second straight for the Flyers, and it snapped Ottawa’s four-game winning streak.
The teams traded goals in the third period. Briere scored his second of the game and his 12th goal of the season when his shot deflected off Ottawa defender Chris Phillips’s stick, tying the game 2-2.
About three minutes earlier, Ottawa’s Bobby Butler had given the Senators a short-lived 2-1 lead, poking in a rebound.
Flames 3, Wild 1 - Jarome Iginla scored his 500th career goal and Lance Bouma got his first NHL goal to lead host Calgary over Minnesota.
Iginla sent the sold-out crowd at Scotiabank Saddledome into a frenzy with his milestone goal at 8:33 of the third period that gave the Flames a 2-0 lead. The Calgary captain came down the right wing and sent a pass in front that went off the skates of two Minnesota players and in past Wild goalie Nicklas Backstrom.
Sharks 5, Capitals 2 - Patrick Marleau scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period off a nifty, no-look pass from Joe Thornton and San Jose extended its home hex over Washington.
Defensemen Jason Demers, Brent Burns, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who have not lost at home to the Capitals since October 1993. Torrey Mitchell added an empty-netter to seal San Jose’s fourth straight win overall.
Devils 3, Penguins 1 - Ilya Kovalchuk and Adam Henrique each had a goal and an assist and New Jersey handed host Pittsburgh its fourth consecutive loss.
Dainius Zubrus also scored, Zach Parise had two assists, and Martin Brodeur made 41 saves for the Devils, who beat the Penguins for the second time in eight days and moved past them into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Maple Leafs 4, Red Wings 3 - Joffrey Lupul scored at 7:10 of the third period to help Toronto beat visiting Detroit after blowing a three-goal lead.
With the game looking to have slipped out of Toronto’s control, Lupul grabbed a rare turnover from Henrik Zetterberg behind the net and lifted a shot over goalie Jimmy Howard.
Canadiens 3, Lightning 1 - Mike Blunden and Max Pacioretty scored in the second period, Carey Price made 23 saves, and host Montreal beat Tampa Bay.
Erik Cole scored his 17th goal of the season on the power play with 17 seconds remaining to seal the Canadiens’ second straight win. Montreal won for the third time in 10 games.
Jets 2, Sabres 1 - Johnny Oduya scored 57 seconds into overtime, lifting Winnipeg in Buffalo.
Buffalo’s Ville Leino believed he scored the apparent go-ahead goal with 1:45 remaining, but play had been whistled dead prior to Leino jabbing the puck away from goalie Ondrej Pavelec and into the net.
Stars 4, Oilers 1 - Jamie Benn scored twice, including the tiebreaker in the third period, and rookie Richard Bachman made 25 saves as Dallas extended its home dominance over Edmonton.
With the teams even at 1, Benn went hard to the net, collected the rebound of Adam Burish’s shot, and lifted the puck over sprawling Edmonton goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin at 7:03 of the final period. It was Benn’s 13th of the season.
Blue Jackets 1, Kings 0 - Curtis Sanford made 31 saves for his sixth career shutout, defenseman Grant Clitsome ended a 22-game goal drought, and visiting Columbus beat Los Angeles.
Sanford started back-to-back games for the first time since a 12-game stretch from Nov. 17 through Dec. 10 when coach Scott Arniel benched Steve Mason.
Coyotes 5, Islanders 1 - Shane Doan scored at the buzzer for the first hat trick of his 16-year NHL career, leading host Phoenix over New York.
Blues 4, Avalanche 0 - Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and an assist and Brian Elliott made 15 saves for his fifth shutout as host St. Louis ended Colorado’s four-game winning streak.
Predators 5, Hurricanes 2 - Patric Hornqvist scored two power-play goals to lead host Nashville over Carolina. Shea Weber, Craig Smith, and Ryan Ellis also scored as Nashville won for the fourth time in five games.