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The Philadelphia Flyers’ Kimmo Timonen, left, and Claude Giroux celebrate Giroux’s power-play goal in the second period of an NHL game with the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ Kimmo Timonen, left, and Claude Giroux celebrate Giroux’s power-play goal in the second period of an NHL game with the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday in Philadelphia.
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PHILADELPHIA — Wayne Simmonds scored a go-ahead goal about halfway through the third period and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 Saturday.


Brayden Schenn scored two goals and Claude Giroux added one for the Flyers, who scored three on the power play. Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen and Alexander Burmistrov scored for the Jets, whose road-game winning streak ended at 2.


Flyers left wing Scott Hartnell, who had missed the last 16 games with a broken foot, was a last-minute addition to the team’s lineup. Not even his surprise return was enough for the Flyers to hit the ice with any energy. They went a stretch of 9:47 in the opening period without registering a shot on Ondrej Pavelec.


Jets left wing Evander Kane scored the first goal of the afternoon, the third game in a row in which the Flyers were scored on first. Kane swatted home the puck as he stood unguarded to left of Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.


Schenn answered back, stuffing the puck past Pavelec with just under 5 minutes left in the first period.


Jets center Jokinen broke the 1-1 second-period tie, after stealing the puck from Schenn as he charged into the Flyers’ zone. Jokinen stopped only to spin around and lob the puck into the net.



WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin produced his first hat trick in more than two years, leading the struggling Washington Capitals to a victory over the New Jersey Devils.


Ovechkin entered the game with five goals in 16 games this season, only good enough to be tied for third on his own team, which began the day with a 5-10-1 record and 11 standings points, the fewest in the 30-team NHL.


But the two-time NHL MVP broke out in a big way, turning in his first three-goal game since a 4-1 victory at Toronto on Jan. 22, 2011.


Ilya Kovalchuk’s goal with 37.5 seconds left in the second period tied the game for New Jersey, but Ovechkin put Washington ahead to stay 1:23 into the third.


LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored first-period goals, Trevor Lewis added his first career short-handed goal, and Los Angeles Kings won its third straight victory.


Anze Kopitar also scored and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who won for the fifth time in six games after beginning the day 11th in the Western Conference and two points out of a playoff spot. Last season, the Kings became the first team in history to win the Cup as an eighth seed.


Milan Hejduk scored a power-play goal for the Avalanche, who had won their previous five meetings with the Kings. Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves.


EDMONTON, Alberta — Jordan Eberle scored in regulation and in the shootout as Edmonton Oilers snapped a two-game slide.


Sam Gagner also scored in the shootout and Teemu Hartikainen had the other goal in regulation for the Oilers, who rallied from a two-goal deficit to close out their five-game homestand 2-3.


Kyle Chipchura and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith was excellent with 41 saves, but couldn’t stop Eberle and Gagner in the shootout.


RALEIGH, N.C. — Steven Stamkos scored and had an assist in a four-goal third period that sent the Tampa Bay Lightning to a win over the Carolina Hurricanes.


Benoit Pouliot, Tom Pyatt and Richard Panik had the other third-period goals for the Lightning, who snapped a first-place tie with the Hurricanes atop the Southeast Division. Marc-Andre Bergeron scored in the first to help Tampa Bay win for the third time in four games following a six-game winless streak.


Mathieu Garon made 32 saves for his second victory of the season. The first came on Jan. 22 against Carolina. Garon has allowed three goals in two games against the Hurricanes and 12 in his other three starts.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Evgeni Nabokov stopped 35 shots in the New York Islanders’ win over the skidding and unraveling Buffalo Sabres, who were booed off the ice for a second consecutive home game.


Mark Streit and Michael Grabner broke the game open with goals 65 seconds apart late in the second period. John Tavares and Colin McDonald sealed the win with third-period goals. Matt Moulson added two assists in helping the Islanders (8-9-1) win their second straight and fourth in six games.


DETROIT — Jimmy Howard made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season, and Drew Miller scored an early goal as the Detroit Red Wings snapped a season-high, five-game losing streak with a victory over the Nashville Predators.


Three of the losses in the Red Wings’ skid came after they led 2-0. Tomas Tatar gave Detroit a two-goal lead early in the second and Niklas Kronwall made it a three-goal cushion late in the period.


Pekka Rinne gave up those three goals on just 17 shots and finished with 23 saves for the Predators. Nashville, playing on consecutive nights, has lost two straight and four of five.


OTTAWA — Colin Greening batted in a puck midair with 24 seconds remaining to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.


Mika Zibanejad and Erik Condra also scored for the Senators (11-6-2), who got 26 saves from Ben Bishop. The win extends Ottawa’s winning streak to four games.


Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto (11-7-0). Ben Scrivens, who made his seventh straight start, stopped 32 shots.


MONTREAL — Carey Price made 17 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens topped the slumping New York Rangers.


Each player on the line of Erik Cole, Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller scored a goal and added an assist for Montreal (12-4-2), which bounced back after Thursday’s loss to the New York Islanders and won for the sixth time in seven games.


Price’s shutout was his second this season. He allowed just one goal in two starts against the Rangers this week. Martin Biron, in his third start of the season, stopped 15 shots for New York (8-7-2), which dropped its third straight and has just one win in five games.


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