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Penguins prolong Flyers’ slump


October 18. 2013 2:22AM
The Associated Press



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PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby, Jussi Jokinen and Chris Kunitz scored goals, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Thursday night.


Evgeni Malkin added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.


The Penguins were the latest team to beat the Eastern Conference-worst Flyers. Off to their worst start after eight games, the Flyers are 1-7 and mired in last place in the conference.


The Penguins outplayed them from the opening faceoff, and nearly doubled the Flyers in shots through two periods.


Jokinen and Kunitz both scored in the second, and Marc-Andre Fleury made it stand with 24 saves.


Wayne Simmonds had the lone goal for the Flyers, who have yet to score more than two in a game this season.


Crosby, who has 29 career goals against the Flyers, has a seven-game point streak to start the season.


Canucks 3, Sabres 0


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roberto Luongo made 25 saves and Vancouver shut out Buffalo. Brad Richardson, Chris Higgins and Ryan Stanton scored for the Canucks.


Luongo was tested with 11 shots in the third period before finishing his first shutout since Feb. 22 at Nashville.


The Sabres (1-7-1) remain winless at home this season and were again booed off the ice after the second period in what’s become a familiar refrain. Even louder were the “Fire Darcy” chants in reference to Sabres general manager Darcy Regier that came after Vancouver’s third goal.


Islanders 3, Oilers 2


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — John Tavares netted the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and New York overcame a quick scoring spurt by Edmonton’s Taylor Hall in a victory over the Oilers.


Tavares beat goalie Devan Dubnyk with a snap shot in front with 1:07 left in the second off a pass from Kyle Okposo.


Hall gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead when he scored a pair of goals just 8 seconds apart in the first. That broke the club mark of 9 seconds, set by Wayne Gretzky on Feb. 18, 1981.


Hurricanes 3, Maple Leafs 2


TORONTO — Carolina used a three-goal third period to rally for a victory over Toronto, which lost goalie James Reimer to an injury.


Ron Hainsey scored the game-winner for the Hurricanes. It was Toronto’s first loss since Oct. 8. Hainsey’s goal was controversial because he banked a pass off the boards in his defensive zone that appeared to be icing.


Lightning 3, Wild 1


TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal with 5:04 left in the third period and Tampa Bay beat Minnesota.


Stamkos gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead when he skated in from the right wing boards and lifted an in-close shot over goalie Josh Harding during a 4 on 4. Sami Salo added an empty-net goal in the final minute.


Bruins 3, Panthers 2


SUNRISE, Fla. — Reilly Smith scored the game-winning goal with 59 seconds left in the third period and Boston beat Florida.


Smith backhanded the puck into the net between the legs of Tim Thomas after a faceoff in the Panthers’ zone. The goal spoiled Thomas’ first game against his former team since joining the Panthers as a free agent.


Dougie Hamilton and Daniel Paille also scored goals for the Bruins, while Tuukka Rask made 27 saves.




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