Philadelphia Flyers' Michael Raffl, right, scores the game-winning shot past New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin and as Calvin de Haan watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Flyers won 6-4. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Flyers rally in third period to best Islanders

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Philadelphia goaltender Steve Mason had a night he’d likely rather forget mere hours after inking an extension, but the Flyers still ended up with two points on Saturday.

The New York Islanders enjoyed an early 2-0 lead on the strength of goals from John Tavares and Cal Clutterbuck. They also stunted the Flyers first comeback attempt by netting two markers in less than three minutes in the second period to put the Islanders back on top 4-3.

That was the score going into the second intermission, but Philadelphia was still not deterred. Jakub Voracek netted his fourth goal in five games and rookie Michael Raffl scored the first game-winner of his career.

Matt Read collected the empty netter to complete Philadelphia’s 6-4 win.

With the Rangers beating the Ottawa Senators earlier in the day, this victory preserved Philadelphia’s two-point edge in the battle for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Meanwhile, the Islanders have now lost two of their last three contests following their 7-1-0 run.

Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick

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Death, taxes and Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.

OK, the third thing on that list isn’t technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.

It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.

This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.

One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.

Bylsma believes league will look at Gudas’ hit on Catenacci

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Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.

At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.

“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”

As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:

Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.

The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.

Fight video: Patrice Bergeron vs. Blake Wheeler (seriously)

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Regular Selke winner Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.

That was the unlikely scene during Thursday’s Boston Bruins – Winnipeg Jets skirmish, as Bergeron fought fellow finesse forward Blake Wheeler.

Perhaps unusual feisty behavior was just in the air, as Tyler Myers squared off with Matt Beleskey.

(Not as unlikely, but still.)

Video: Dion Phaneuf’s assist is his first point with Senators

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Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.

Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.

You can see his crowd-pleasing first helper above.

Here’s his second assist for good measure:

Update: The Avalanche held on, taking a 4-3 edge. Even so, Phaneuf’s getting a warm welcome in his new hockey city.