Carter scores twice as Fly­ers hold off late rally by Cana­di­ens to win 3-2

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PHILADEL­PHIA (AP) — Jeff Carter scored his 25th and 26th goals, and Michael Leighton made 31 saves in the Philadel­phia Fly­ers’ 32 victory over the Montreal Cana­di­ens on Fri­day night.

Af­ter Carter scored late in the first pe­riod and early in the sec­ond, Matt Carle made it 3-0 at 3:17 of the sec­ond. Carle’s shot from the blue line de­flected off Montreal de­fence­man Ryan O’Byrne and past goalie Casey Price.

Montreal’s Glen Metropolit and Do­minic Moore made it close, scor­ing in a 56-sec­ond span early in the third pe­riod.

The Fly­ers have won three straight, com­ing back from twogoal deficits in con­sec­u­tive nights against Martin Brodeur and New Jer­sey in the first two.

Philadel­phia has won nine of its past 11 home game, beat­ing Montreal at home for the first time since March 6, 2006.

Cana­di­ens de­fence­man P.K. Sub­ban made his NHL de­but af­ter An­drei Markov was a late scratch. The 20-year-old Sub­ban was a sec­ond-round pick in 2007 and a twotime gold medal win­ner with Canada in the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships. with At­lanta last week, Ko­valchuk took a pass from Pa­trik Elias and beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne with a snap shot from be­tween the cir­cles at 8:24 of the fi­nal pe­riod.

The fans roared and quickly started throw­ing hats on the ice, some­thing usu­ally re­served for a hat trick. Af­ter wait­ing four-plus games for the high-scor­ing Rus­sian to score, the action seemed ap­pro­pri­ate.

Elias, Travis Za­jac, Zach Parise and Jamie Lan­gen­brun­ner also scored, with Parise putting in the re­bound of Ko­valchuk’s pow­er­play chance with 6:52 left to ice the Devils’ fifth win in 16 games (5-9-2). COLUM­BUS, Ohio (AP) — Mikael Sa­muels­son scored on a lazy, de­flected popup that wafted over goalie Steve Ma­son’s head, cap­ping the Van­cou­ver Canucks’ come­back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets 4-3 on Fri­day night.

It was the first loss for in­terim coach Claude Noel af­ter he won his first three.

In ad­di­tion to Sa­muels­son’s goal eight min­utes into the third pe­riod, Sami Salo had the ty­ing goal ear­lier in the pe­riod and Nolan Baum­gart­ner and Kyle Well­wood also scored.

Rick Nash, Jared Boll and Raffi Tor­res had goals for Colum­bus, which failed in its at­tempt to win a fourth game in a row for the first time this sea­son.

An­drew Ray­croft (100-100-26) col­lected his 100th ca­reer win.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

Philadel­phia Fly­ers for­ward Claude Giroux skates around Montreal Cana­di­ens de­fence­man Ro­man Ham­r­lik, of the Czech Repub­lic, in the sec­ond pe­riod of an NHL game Fri­day in Philadel­phia.

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