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Mason, Giroux lead charge as Flyers beat Rangers in SO


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sam Gagner and Claude Giroux scored in a shootout to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

Mark Streit and Scott Laughton scored Philadelphia’s goals and Steve Mason had 37 saves. Mason stoned Dominic Moore to end it.

J.T. Miller and Derick Brassard had goals for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist was sensational in regulation and overtime with 46 saves, but he gave up two goals on three shots in the shootout.

The Rangers were 16-5 against Philadelphia since March 6, 2011.

The Flyers are 4-1 after 0-1-1 start. The Rangers are 2-0-2 after losing two in a row.

Flyers forward Michael Raffl was helped to the locker room after sustaining an upper-body injury in the second period. He took an elbow to the head and went to the bench before needing assistance going down the tunnel.

Gagner had a breakaway in OT, but lost the puck near the crease. Then Lundqvist made a sensational save on Matt Read.

Gagner made up for his miss by scoring to start the shootout. After Mason stopped Mats Zuccarello, Giroux scored a nifty goal. Derek Stepan slid one between Mason’s legs to keep it going. After Lundqvist stopped Wayne Simmonds, Mason kicked aside Moore’s shot.

Lundqvist made consecutive, tough saves in front of the net to preserve the 2-2 tie with 6 minutes left in regulation. He stoned Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the slot a few minutes later and held off Philadelphia during a power-play opportunity that followed.

It was 2-2 when the Rangers had a go-ahead goal disallowed because of interference on Jarret Stoll in the second period. Coach Alain Vigneault challenged, but it was upheld after a video review.

Giroux hit the crossbar on a turnaround backhander during a power-play in the final minute of that period. He hasn’t scored a goal against the Rangers since Feb. 11, 2012.

Laughton scored his first goal in 22 games, dating to last season, to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead early in the second. Laughton fired a shot from the left circle into the top corner over Lundqvist’s left shoulder.

But the Rangers tied it at 2-2 on Brassard’s power-play goal a couple minutes later. Brassard’s slap shot deflected off Flyers center Ryan White‘s skate and floated past Mason.

Streit ripped a one-timer from the slot past Lundqvist for a 1-0 lead just past the midpoint of the first period.

Miller then swatted a puck that bounced off his knee and in the air past Mason from the side of the net to make it 1-1.

Lundqvist made an outstanding, pipe-to-pipe sliding save with his right pad on Simmonds’ shot off a two-on-one breakaway with Giroux late in the first period.

Notes: It was the overtime game in the series in 20 games since April 3, 2011. … The teams met for the first of five games this season. … Rangers lead the NHL in road wins (55) and road points (115) since 2013-14. … Flyers C Sean Couturier didn’t play because of an upper-body injury. … Lundqvist is 28-13-4 vs. Philadelphia.

Crawford earns shutout, Toews stunning in OT as ‘Hawks take reunion vs. Lightning


The Tampa Bay Lightning put forth a good effort Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough to get some measure of revenge against the team that bested them in the Stanley Cup Final.

In their first game against Chicago since the playoffs, Tampa Bay took the defending champions to overtime, but the Lightning could do nothing to stop Jonathan Toews as the captain powered his way to a stunning overtime goal in the Blackhawks’ 1-0 overtime victory.

Kristers Gudlevskis, making his first start of the season, still had a strong game with 31 saves to his credit. However, Corey Crawford is the one with the shutout after turning aside all 21 Lightning shots. It’s a bit of deja vu for Tampa Bay, which saw its playoff run end on the strength of a Crawford shutout.

Chicago has improved to 5-3-0 ahead of Monday’s contest against the struggling Anaheim Ducks. Tampa Bay is still 5-2-2 and has gotten four of a possible six points so far in its road trip. The Lightning will wrap it up in St. Louis on Tuesday before heading home for a game against Colorado Thursday night.

Kessel scores overtime winner versus Predators


The Pittsburgh Penguins’ offense still isn’t as productive as expected, but they’ve been good enough lately.

Chris Kunitz netted his first goal of the season and Phil Kessel scored in overtime in a 2-1 victory against the Nashville Predators tonight.

Although Kessel’s marker wasn’t without its controversy as it appeared that Nashville wanted a tripping call against the Penguins:

It’s the Penguins’ fourth victory in five games. Due to their still somewhat anemic offensive showing — they have 13 goals in eight games — three of those wins have been by just one goal. That’s been accomplished by leaning on goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, as the Penguins did again on Saturday.

Fleury turned aside 31 of 32 shots in his eighth straight start of the campaign. Former teammate James Neal, who has gotten off to a hot start, was the only one to beat him tonight.

Pittsburgh is still a modest 4-4-0 going into Wednesday’s game against the Washington Capitals. By contrast, Nashville is a commanding 6-1-1 this season. The Predators will look to shake this loss off Wednesday night versus San Jose.

Price makes incredible 49 saves vs. Leafs as Habs set NHL record


The Montreal Canadiens’ amazing start to the NHL season continued tonight as Carey Price simply refused to let their winning streak end.

Toronto outshot Montreal in every period and tripled the Habs in the final frame, but Price turned aside 49 of 52 shots en route to a 5-3 victory.

Thanks in large part to their star goaltender, the Canadiens set an NHL record by opening the season with nine straight wins in regulation time, per TSN. If they improve to 10-0-0 with a victory against Vancouver on Tuesday, then they will match the record for the best opening, regardless of how those wins were achieved.

While Price led the charge as he so often does, there is plenty of credit to go around. Montreal’s offense has been deep so far this season and that was on display again tonight as P.K. Subban, Lars Eller, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, and Brendan Gallagher each found the back of the net.

Devante Smith-Pelly is the only Canadiens forward that has played in at least one game this season to still be looking for his first goal. Six different Canadiens already have three markers.

Toronto has fallen to 1-4-2 this season, but its three goals is still the most any team has scored against Montreal this season. The Leafs will try to bounce back on Monday against Arizona.

Streaking Devils add to Sabres woes


Even with a revamped roster, the Buffalo Sabres are struggling to establish themselves this season.

Ryan O'Reilly had a strong game and Jack Eichel netted his third career goal, but it wasn’t enough to stem the tide as New Jersey earned a 4-3 victory over the Sabres tonight.

That dropped the Sabres to 2-6-0 this season, which is a mere win better than they were at this time in 2014-15 when they finished with the worst record in the NHL. To be fair to Buffalo though, injuries have played a role in the team’s early season struggles.

Buffalo’s top goaltender, Robin Lehner, hasn’t played since Oct. 8 due to a high ankle sprain and that led to 22-year-old Linus Ullmark getting his first career start tonight. Up against a Devils squad that was coming into this contest on a three-game winning streak, Ullmark ultimately surrendered four goals on 28 shots.

The decisive blow came at the hands of forward Adam Henrique, who scored on a breakaway while the Devils were shorthanded:

To make matters worse, Evander Kane missed the final 9:31 minutes of tonight’s game with a possible leg injury.

There was no update on Kane’s status immediately following the game, per the Sabres’ Twitter feed.

Things won’t get any easier for Buffalo as it is set to play in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Thursday respectively. New Jersey will attempt to continue its winning streak on Tuesday against Columbus.