Hextall says Raffl’s fine after collapsing on bench

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It was a scary moment in the second period of Philadelphia’s game against the New York Rangers when Michael Raffl collapsed on the bench and needed help getting to the locker room.

Fortunately it sounds like the situation might not be as bad as initially feared.

After the game, Flyers GM Ron Hextall did reiterate that Raffl has an upper-body injury and his availability for Tuesday’s game is still uncertain. However, Raffl didn’t need to go to the hospital and Hextall described the forward as “fine.”

“I just talked to him,” Hextall said. “He’s actually cracking jokes.”

Raffl’s injury is presumably the result of Rangers forward Jarret Stoll accidentally striking him in the head.

You can see Hextall’s full update here:

Battered Red Wings rally to keep Canucks winless at home


This isn’t a game that the Vancouver Canucks should have lost.

They were at home, possessed a two-goal lead going into the third period, and were up against a Detroit Red Wings team that is both missing several key players and was in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Nevertheless, Detroit rallied en route to a 3-2 overtime victory.

Teemu Pulkkinen cut the Canucks’ lead in half early in the third period and Tomas Tatar capitalized on a power-play opportunity less than three minutes later. However, it was Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek and Gustav Nyquist that were the heroes tonight.

Mrazek turned aside 30 shots, but he also made an impressive pass to Nyquist in order to set up the game-winning goal:

For Detroit this was a much needed two points, especially seeing as it was earned without the services of Pavel Datsyuk, Mike Green, Kyle Quincey, Brad Richards, and Johan Franzen. At the same time, this was another troubling game for Vancouver.

The Canucks are now 0-2-3 at home. The silver lining is that Vancouver is 3-0-0 on the road, but of course it’s not likely that the Canucks will go far this season if they continue to struggle at the Rogers Arena.

They just have one more chance to earn a victory at home this month … against Montreal.

Finally! Jackets come from behind to earn first win


The Columbus Blue Jackets entered the season with such high hopes. Nine games and one coaching change later and at least they are no longer identified as the only team in the league without a point.

Columbus earned its first win of the season in its second game under new bench boss John Tortorella, but it certainly wasn’t easy. The Blue Jackets had to overcome two one-goal deficits and entered the third period trailing, but a late rally led to Columbus earning a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

As was the case in his first game, Tortorella leaned on his former student from their New York Rangers days as Brandon Dubinsky led all Columbus forwards with 19:16 minutes of ice time. This time around, Dubinsky rewarded Tortorella by netting the game-winning goal.

Boone Jenner also played a big role tonight by netting two markers in the first period. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 31 of 34 shots.

Now that the losing streak is finally over, Columbus needs to get right to work at digging itself out of this sizable hole. If Columbus starts another losing streak in the near future or even just treads water in the coming weeks, then that could be devastating. The Blue Jackets, which had a 15-1-1 run to close the 2014-15 campaigns, know better than most that a hot finish doesn’t amount to much if you’ve already essentially buried your playoff chances.

Related: Jackets are far better fit for Torts than Canucks were

Mikkel Boedker’s hat trick powers slumping Coyotes past Senators

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mikkel Boedker scored three goals and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Brad Richardson also scored, and Anders Lindback made 35 saves in his first start of the season to help Arizona improve to 4-3-1.

Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa, and Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots. The Senators are 3-3-2.

Richardson broke a 1-1 tie with 5:29 left when he dove for the puck and was able to get it behind Anderson. Boedker made it 3-1 with 4:11 to go and completed the hat trick with an empty-netter with 2:01 remaining.

Boedker opened the scoring with just over a minute left in the first period, slipping behind Erik Karlsson and beating Anderson to the glove side.

Ceci tied it late in the second, taking a pass from Bobby Ryan and beating Lindback to the short side.

The Senators played the final two periods without Curtis Lazar. Lazar went-face first into the corner boards on a hit from Zbynek Michalek in the first period. Lazar took a few more shifts, but didn’t come out for the remainder of the game.

NOTES: Max McCormick made his NHL debut for the Senators after being called up to replace Mike Hoffman, who is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. D Marc Methot was a late scratch despite saying he would play in the morning. LW Clarke MacArthur didn’t play because of a concussion. … The Coyotes were without C Antoine Vermette (upper-body).

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.