Flyers beat Devils 5-4 in overtime


Simon Gagne scored 1:47 into overtime, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Scottie Upshall, Geoff Sanderson, Sami Kapanen and Mike Richards also scored as the Flyers beat the Devils for the first time in six tries this season. Martin Biron, making his first start at home since the Flyers got him from Buffalo at the trade deadline, had 37 saves. Brad Lukowich, Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Devils, who lost their third straight game. Avalanche 2, Bruins 0 At Boston, Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots and Brett Clark broke a scoreless deadlock in the third period to lift Colorado over Boston for its fourth straight win. Milan Hejduk scored an empty-net goal and added an assist for the Avalanche, 3-0 on a season-high, five-game road trip. Budaj, chosen as the NHL’s No. 3 star for last week, made seven saves in each period to record his third shutout of the season. Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 0 At Toronto, Andrew Raycroft made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and Darcy Tucker and Yanic Perreault each scored their 20th goals to lift Toronto over Washington. Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Maple Leafs, who moved into an eighth-place with Carolina in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Thrashers 4, Panthers 2 Atlanta, Keith Tkachuk scored his first two goals with Atlanta to help the Thrashers past Florida for its fourth straight win. Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa continued leading Atlanta’s dominance of Florida. The Thrashers are 6-0 against their Southeast Division rival this season and have won 10 straight over the Panthers at home. Penguins 5, Senators 4, SO At Ottawa, Sidney Crosby scored his third shootout goal in four games and Pittsburgh overcame a three-goal deficit to beat Ottawa. Crosby scored on Pittsburgh’s third shot against Ray Emery, who made a glove save off Evgeni Malkin after Eric Christensen beat him on the Penguins’ first attempt. Red Wings 4, Predators 3, SO At Detroit, Johan Franzen scored on Detroit’s fourth shot of a shootout, then Chris Osgood made a save to lift Detroit over Nashville.

The Red Wings pulled within a point of Nashville in the Central Division, with the top two teams in the Western Conference set to meet twice next week. Nashville’s Greg Zanon made it 3-all with 8:18 left. In a 25-second span of the second period, Mathieu Schneider put Detroit ahead 3-2 with his 200th NHL goal and help tie the game with an assist. Both teams played without key players because of injuries, taking some of the luster off the matchup. Flames 4, Blues 2 At St. Louis, Wayne Primeau scored the go-ahead goal on a short-handed breakaway in the third period, capping Calgary’s rally from a two-goal deficit. Jarome Iginla assisted on the Flames’ last three goals, two scored by Craig Conroy, to help the Flames win their fifth in a row with a rare road victory. Calgary has won six straight over the Blues. Sharks 3, Wild 0 At St. Paul, Minnesota, Evgeni Nabokov posted his second straight shutout and Milan Michalek had a goal and an assist to lead San Jose past Minnesota. Manny Fernandez replaced Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom to begin the third period. Fernandez had missed the previous 14 games with a sprained left knee. Backstrom is 9-3-2 as his replacement. Blackhawks 3, Kings 0 At Chicago, Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 26 shots to earn his first shutout with Chicago and Patrick Sharp scored two goals in a win over Los Angeles. Khabibulin posted his first regular-season shutout since March 1, 2004, while with Tampa Bay. He played his 99th game with Chicago and recorded his 36th NHL shutout. Canucks 5, Lightning 1 At Vancouver, British Columbia, Daniel Sedin scored his 30th goal 21 seconds into the third period and tough guy Jeff Cowan added his second of the game in the final minute to lead Vancouver over Tampa Bay.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa put Vancouver ahead with 4:21 left in the second period. Bryan Smolinski added a short-handed goal seven minutes into the third and Vancouver remained two points ahead Calgary atop the Northwest Division.