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Canadiens top Flyers for 3rd straight win


March 16. 2013 7:09PM
The Associated Press

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MONTREAL — Rookie Brendan Gallagher had a goal and assist before leaving the game with an injury and the Montreal Canadiens downed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Saturday night for their third straight win.


David Desharnais, Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque also scored for the Canadiens, who outshot the tired-looking Flyers 29-19.


Gallagher left four minutes into the third period after being hit into the boards by Luke Schenn and did not return. There was no immediate word on the injury.


Daniel Briere scored for Philadelphia, which has lost three of its last four games.


The Flyers were coming off a 5-3 loss to New Jersey on Friday night. They were outshot 12-2 in the opening period but goalie Brian Boucher, filling in for Ilya Bryzgalov, kept them in the game.


Gallagher got his fifth of the season at 8:53 after taking a feed from Max Pacioretty and putting a nifty move on Kimmo Timonen before scoring on a low shot.


Gallagher and Pacioretty combined again to feed Desharnais alone in front 1:15 into the second frame.


Defenseman P.K. Subban made a sprawling save after goalie Peter Budaj misplayed a puck behind his crease, but the shutout was broken moments later when Briere put a shot in off Andrei Markov's leg at 13:56.


Budaj got his third start with Carey Price at home battling a virus, and picked up his first win.


Plekanec got his seventh of the season 4:32 into the third as he took his own rebound off defenseman Braydon Coburn and fired it past the sprawling Boucher.


Pacioretty also went for treatment after he appeared to bang an elbow on the goalpost on a drive to the net at 11:52 of the third.


Bourque was credited with an empty-net goal at 18:56.


Lightning 6, Panthers 5

SUNRISE, Fla. — Benoit Pouliot scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a victory over the Florida Panthers.


Steven Stamkos also scored twice, and Teddy Purcell and Alexander Killorn once each for the Lightning. Anders Lindback made 25 saves.


Purcell's goal with 11 seconds left in regulation tied it 5-all as his shot from the slot hit off the post and into the net. On the winning score, the puck bounced off the end boards and out to Pouliot, who was open in front. His wrist shot went into the net 1:19 into overtime.


The Lightning ended a six-game losing streak and got their first victory since Feb. 1st against Winnipeg.


Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the third period goals to put the Panthers ahead. Jerred Smithson, Jack Skille, and Shawn Matthias also scored and Jose Theodore stopped 30 shots.


Maple Leafs 3, Senators 0

TORONTO — Ben Scrivens stopped 34 shots for his first career shutout and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the injury-ravaged Ottawa Senators.


Scrivens was making his second straight start since incumbent James Reimer injured a knee in Monday night's 5-2 win over Philadelphia. The 26-year-old Scrivens has been solid as Reimer's replacement, stopping 96 of the 100 shots he has faced.


Fraser McLaren, Tyler Bozak and John-Michael Liles scored for Toronto, which earned its fifth win in six games overall and improved to 3-4 at the Air Canada Centre.


Ottawa dropped to 2-5 on the road this season despite outshooting Toronto 34-28 in the first of five matchups this season between the provincial rivals. The Senators have now dropped six of their last eight games.


Islanders 5, Devils 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — John Tavares scored three goals and assisted on another Saturday night to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.


Matt Moulson had a goal and three assists, Michael Grabner scored with 35 seconds left, and Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves for the Islanders, who beat the Rangers 4-3 in a shootout Friday night.


Tavares, who notched his fourth career hat trick, has 20 points in 14 games. Moulson finished with four points, and Brad Boyes had two assists.


The Devils' lone goal was Marek Zidlicky's power play slap shot 8:47 into the third. Johan Hedberg made 28 saves for New Jersey, which has lost two of its last three.




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