PHILADELPHIA — Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski and Jay McClement scored to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
Ben Scrivens made 23 saves for Toronto, which survived a double-minor against leading scorer James van Riemsdyk in the third period. Van Riemsdyk, who was drafted with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Flyers and played three seasons with them before being traded, was held scoreless in his return to Philadelphia.
Scott Hartnell, playing his second game since fracturing his foot Jan. 22, scored his first goal of the season for the Flyers, who had won three of their last four and are in the middle of a five-game homestand.
Jakub Voracek, who brought a five-game scoring streak into the game, assisted on Hartnell’s goal and then scored one of his own on the power play to cut Toronto’s lead to 3-2 late in the third period.
But the Maple Leafs got some big saves from Scrivens to hold on.
The Leafs took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after Kessel outhustled Kimmo Timonen to a puck along the boards with 2:41 left and beat Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 17 saves, to the far side. The tough-angle goal — Kessel’s fourth of the season — came off a smart pass from Tyler Bozak.
Toronto doubled its lead with just under 5 minutes remaining in the second period when Nikolai Kulemin was sprung free on a breakaway by Nazem Kadri and backhanded it past Bryzgalov for his second goal of the year.
Hartnell, who enjoyed a breakout season last year with a career-high 37 goals, got the Flyers on the board with 2 minutes left in the second period off an excellent crossing pass from Voracek.
Voracek’s goal came with 8:18 left in the game off an assist from Timonen. The 23-year-old winger, in his second year in Philly, now has five goals and nine assists in the past five games.
Toronto made it 3-1 with 12:08 left in the game on Grabovski’s sixth goal of the year. Seconds after the Maple Leafs power play ended, Clark MacArthur’s shot right in front of the net was saved but the rebound was kicked right to Grabovski, who backhanded it past Bryzgalov.
Senators 2, Canadiens 1 (SO)
OTTAWA — Peter Regin scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Ben Bishop made 44 saves in regulation and overtime, leading Ottawa to a win over Montreal.
Jakob Silfverberg also scored in the shootout for Ottawa, while David Desharnais replied for Montreal.
After Regin gave the Senators the lead in the shootout, Bishop stopped Tomas Plekanec to secure Ottawa’s season-high fifth straight win.
Regin had a chance to end the game late in overtime but his slapshot from the high slot hit the post behind Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who finished with 23 saves.
Dave Dziurzynski had a goal in regulation for the Senators, while Andrei Markov scored for the Canadiens.
Predators 5, Stars 4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Roman Josi scored his second goal 28 seconds into overtime, and Nashville edged Dallas in a wild game featuring fights and a bloodied face — all in the second period.
Josi’s slap shot helped Nashville end a two-game skid, and the defenseman also had two assists.
Mike Fisher, Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist each scored goals for Nashville. The last two losses had been shutouts, and the Predators ended a scoring drought at 133:43 after threatening the franchise-worst drought that reached 176:18 on Feb. 13 in an overtime win over San Jose.
Rookie Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith scored 25 seconds apart within the first 2 minutes of the second, and Vern Fiddler and Eriksson added a power-play goal apiece as the Stars matched their season high within the first 9:21 of the period. Michael Ryder had three assists.