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Columbus Blue Jackets v Philadelphia Flyers

Video: Del Zotto, Flyers edge Capitals


Michael Del Zotto scored the game-winner with 4:13 remaining in the third as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Washington Capitals 3-2 Sunday afternoon.

Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds had the other Flyers goals. Giroux’s goal snapped a 12-game drought.

With the win Philly improves to 9-2-4 in its last 15 games and for the time being move two points back of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jakub Voracek had two assists to set a new career-high for points (63).

Tom Wilson and Joel Ward had the goals for the Capitals who saw their four-game win streak end.

Braden Holtby, who made his league-leading 51st start, stopped 25 shots in the loss.

Rob Zepp made 21 saves to improve to 5-1-0.

Alex Ovechkin, who leads the league with 38 goals, and Nicklas Backstrom, who began the day as the league-League with 64 points, were held off the score sheet.

Flyers demote Laughton with Raffl return likely

Michael Raffl, Wayne Simmonds

Zach Bogosian’s Buffalo debut isn’t the only lineup note for Sunday’s Buffalo Sabres – Philadelphia Flyers game, as Philly’s forward group will look a little different.

The Flyers sent Scott Laughton to the AHL, making Michael Raffl’s return to the mix seem very likely, according to CSNPhilly.com.

Raffl (pictured to the left of Wayne Simmonds) has been sidelined since Jan. 20 with pneumonia, missing seven games in that span.

It sounds like this swap will mean a new look for the Flyers’ scoring lines, as Raffl, 26, is expected to be back with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek while Brayden Schenn moves back to center between R.J. Umberger and Ryan White.

Laughton remains a work in progress at the NHL level, as he only has two goals and four assists for six points in 31 games this season. At 20, he still has plenty of time to blossom, but it sounds like it’s back to the drawing board for now.

Sidney Crosby is still the Hart Trophy favorite

Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston Bruins

Updated Hart Trophy odds from online bookmaker Bovada:

Sidney Crosby 9/4
Jakub Voracek 9/2
Carey Price 13/2
Patrick Kane 8/1
Claude Giroux 17/2
Ryan Getzlaf 17/2
Alex Ovechkin 15/1
Rick Nash 15/1
Steven Stamkos 15/1
John Tavares 20/1
Vladimir Tarasenko 20/1

If I had a few bucks to throw at this, I’d be throwing it behind Carey Price. In my opinion, no player has been more responsible for his team’s success this season than the Canadiens’ star goalie. Granted, there’s still a lot of season left and that means a lot of time for a guy like Crosby to heat up, but if the voting occurred today, there’s a very good chance Price would get the nod.

Cannonball Run…and gun: Team Toews wins highest-scoring game in ASG history

2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game

COLUMBUS — There were goals.

Oh, how there were goals.

Twenty-nine of them, to be exact — the highest-scoring affair in NHL All-Star Game history, which ended with Team Toews beating Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday night at Nationwide Arena.

The home of the Blue Jackets, perhaps best known for its thunderous goal cannon that goes off every time a puck finds the back of the net, was firing constantly throughout the evening — though only on goals from Team Foligno, much to the relief of eardrums across the arena.

The game was, as the score suggests, light on defense and intensity, but featured an absolute boatload of goals. The 29 eclipsed the mark set at the 2001 All-Star Game in Denver when North America beat the World 14-12 on the strength of Bill Guerin’s hat trick.

Fourteen years later, it was a four-goal effort that led the way. Islanders captain John Tavares potted a quartet of markers for Team Toews, becoming just one of six players to accomplish the feat in an All-Star Game: Dany Heatley (2003), Mike Gartner (’93), Mario Lemieux (’90), Vincent Damphousse (’91) and Wayne Gretzky (’83) were the others.

On any other day, Tavares’ effort would’ve netted him Most Valuable Player honors, but not on Sunday — that went to hometown favorite Ryan Johansen, who finished with two goals and four points (and clearly benefited from the fan voting process for MVP).

While flat at times, the 60th edition of the league’s All-Star gala proved a nice ending for what was a great weekend for Columbus. The city embraced this event with enthusiasm, which included a jam-packed house — 18,901 in attendance — for Sunday’s finale.

“The fans, the fifth line in Columbus here has been unbelievable,” Johansen said following the game. “Thank you so much. You guys are unbelievable.”


Jakub Voracek tied Lemieux’s record for points in an ASG, with six… Panthers rookie d-man Aaron Ekblad acquitted himself nicely after being named to the game as an injury replacement, finishing with four assists… Johansen led Team Foligno in scoring while Patrick Kane, Claude Giroux, Alex Ovechkin and Steve Stamkos each had three points … The only skaters that failed to register a point were Anze Kopitar, Phil Kessel and Zemgus Girgensons, all from Team Foligno… Every Team Toews skater had at least one point.

Supercut: Every goal from the highest-scoring period in All-Star Game history

Ryan Johansen

The 2015 NHL All-Star Game is now one for the record books.

During the second period of today’s tilt at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Team Toews and Team Foligno combined for 11 goals — the highest-scoring period in ASG history.

And now you can watch them all!

Today’s game eclipsed the previous record of 10 goals, set during the second period of the 1997 All-Star Game in San Jose. John Tavares and Steve Stamkos scored twice, with Ryan Suter, Claude Giroux, Tyler Seguin, Rick Nash, Filip Forsberg, Jakub Voracek, and Nick Foligno adding single markers.

As you can imagine, it wasn’t a banner 20 minutes for the goalies. Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 18 shots while Marc-Andre Fleury was ventilated for seven on 16.