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Huberdeau leads Panthers


March 16. 2013 6:30PM
The Associated Press

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PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Huberdeau and Peter Mueller each had two goals to help the Florida Panthers snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.


Tomas Kopecky also scored for Florida, which was 0-2-3 since a 3-2 shootout victory in Philadelphia on Feb. 7. Scott Clemmensen, who backs up Jose Theodore, stopped 32 shots to earn his first win since April 7.


Luke Schenn and Jakub Voracek scored Philadelphia's goals in the third period.


The Flyers came out flat one night after a wild 6-5 win at Pittsburgh. It didn't help when they learned before the game that center Matt Read will miss six weeks because he tore rib cage muscles when hit by the Penguins' Chris Kunitz. Read leads Philadelphia with seven goals and is a key contributor on the power-play and penalty-kill units.


Maple Leafs 3, Sabres 1

TORONTO — James van Riemsdyk scored two goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the Buffalo Sabres, spoiling the NHL head coaching debut of Ron Rolston.


Rolston, who until Wednesday was the head coach of the AHL's Rochester Americans, was hired as the Sabres interim coach following the club's decision to fire Lindy Ruff. Ruff, who also played 10 seasons for Buffalo, had been behind the club's bench since 1997 and was the NHL's longest-tenured head coach.




Devils 3, Capitals 2

WASHINGTON — Ilya Kovalchuk scored the tiebreaking goal on a 5-on-3 power play with about 8 1/2 minutes left to complete the New Jersey Devils' comeback victory Thursday night over the Washington Capitals, who have yet to beat any of the Eastern Conference's elite teams.


Washington led 2-1 entering the third period, thanks to power-play goals by Mathieu Perrault and Mike Ribeiro.



Jets 4, Hurricanes 3

RALEIGH, N.C. — Blake Wheeler scored his second goal of the game with 4:54 remaining to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a win over the Carolina Hurricanes.


Wheeler sped in on a partial breakaway after Carolina defenseman Joe Corvo slipped near the blue line and beat goalie Cam Ward. Wheeler's goal concluded a stretch where the teams scored three goals in a span of 1:03.



Senators 3, Rangers 2

OTTAWA — Kaspars Daugavins scored in the seventh round of the shootout and backup goalie Ben Bishop picked up the victory in relief of injured starter Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Rangers.


The Senators lost Anderson at 1:43 of the third period after Rangers forward Chris Kreider was tripped in front and slid into him.



Bruins 4, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. — Nathan Horton scored two goals, and the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston, which improved to 6-1-1 on the road.


Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2

DETROIT — Vinny Prospal scored with 24.7 seconds left, capping a comeback that lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a win over the Detroit Red Wings


Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula scored in the first 2-plus minutes of the game to put the Red Wings ahead by two, a cushion they wasted for a third time during their five-game losing streak.



Islanders 4, Canadiens 3

MONTREAL — Rookie defenseman Thomas Hickey scored in overtime for his first NHL goal, and the New York Islanders rallied to snap the Montreal Canadiens' six-game winning streak.


Matt Moulson scored twice and Frans Nielsen added a goal in the third period for Islanders (7-9-1), who trailed 2-0 and 3-1 but came back to end a two-game slide and win for the third time in 10 games.






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