Mason, Giroux lead charge as Flyers beat Rangers in SO

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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.

Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

“I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.