Vo­racek and Sim­monds lift Fly­ers to sixth straght win

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PHILADELPHIA: Jakub Vo­racek scored with 8.6 sec­onds left in over­time af­ter Wayne Sim­monds had two goals in reg­u­la­tion, lead­ing the Philadelphia Fly­ers to their sixth straight vic­tory, 32 over the Florida Pan­thers on Tues­day night. Steve Ma­son made 42 saves to help the Fly­ers to their long­est win­ning streak in five years. Ma­son, who earned the NHL’s First Star of the Week on Mon­day, won his fifth straight start. Alek­sander Barkov and Jussi Joki­nen scored for Florida, which com­pleted a six-game trip with a 1-5-0 record. Ma­son turned aside Florida’s best chance in over­time when he de­nied Aaron Ek­blad’s slap shot from close range.


An­drew Ladd scored in the sec­ond pe­riod and Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 shots to lead the Is­lan­ders over their crosstown-ri­val. John Tavares, Ja­son Chimera and Scott May­field also scored at the Bar­clays Cen­ter to help the last-place Is­lan­ders im­prove to 4-0-1 in their last five games. Jimmy Ve­sey and Marc Staal scored for the Metropoli­tan Di­vi­sion-lead­ing Rangers and Hen­rik Lundqvist fin­ished with 28 saves. The Rangers have al­ter­nated wins and losses in reg­u­la­tion in their last eight games. The Rangers went 0 for 6 on the power play, in­clud­ing a 6-on-3 ad­van­tage with Lundqvist pulled over the fi­nal 32 sec­onds.


Jaden Schwartz got his sec­ond goal of the game in over­time, lead­ing St Louis over Mon­treal. Paul Stastny also scored for St. Louis, which has won four of five. The Blues ral­lied from a 2-0 deficit and have a point in their last 13 home games. To­mas Plekanec and Paul By­ron scored for Mon­treal, which com­pleted a five-game trip 2-3. Goalie Jake Allen made 28 saves to im­prove to 133-3. Schwartz lifted a back­han­der past goalie Al Mon­toya with 1:22 left in over­time.


Tay­lor Hall scored a goal, set up a go-ahead tally by Kyle Palmieri and de­liv­ered a crush­ing check that knocked Van­cou­ver de­fense­man Philip Larsen out of the game to lift New Jersey. De­fense­man Ben Love­joy also scored and Cory Sch­nei­der made 22 saves as New Jersey re­mained the NHL’s only team not to lose at home in reg­u­la­tion. This is the first time the Devils have gone 10 home games with­out los­ing in reg­u­la­tion - they be­gan 8-0-1 in 1987-88. This was also their first win in reg­u­la­tion in the last 11 games. Daniel Sedin scored a sec­ond­pe­riod power-play goal with the Canucks on a twoman ad­van­tage, and he set up his brother, Hen­rik, early in the third pe­riod when Van­cou­ver closed the deficit to a goal.


Ro­man Josi scored a power-play goal 1:04 into the third pe­riod to give Nashville a win over Colorado. Vik­tor Arvids­son, James Neal and P.K. Sub­ban also scored for Nashville, which ended a two-game los­ing streak. Matt Duch­ene scored twice and Nathan MacKinnon also scored for Colorado, which has lost six straight. At the tail end of 2-minute 5-on-3 ad­van­tage, Josi took a pass from Ryan Johansen at the top of the left face­off cir­cle and dropped to one knee as he fired a tiebreak­ing one-timer by goal­tender Se­myon Var­lamov.


Mar­ian Hossa had two goals, Scott Dar­ling made 22 saves and Chicago beat Ari­zona to snap a two-game slide. Artem Anisi­mov and Den­nis Ras­mussen also scored to help Chicago main­tain a three-point lead over St. Louis in the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion. Dar­ling made a hand­ful of tough stops but wasn’t heav­ily tested in his first shutout this sea­son and third of his ca­reer. He started his third straight game in place of No. 1 goalie Corey Craw­ford, who had an ap­pen­dec­tomy in Philadelphia on Satur­day. The 37-year-old Hossa scored his team-lead­ing 13th and 14th goals in his 27th game - sur­pass­ing his to­tal of 13 last sea­son in 64 con­tests.


Ras­mus Ris­to­lainen scored from the left cir­cle 57 sec­onds into over­time and Buf­falo beat Ed­mon­ton. The Sabres scored twice in a span of 86 sec­onds, with Evan­der Kane forc­ing over­time by scor­ing with 29 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion. Kane had two goals and Brian Gionta also scored as Buf­falo ral­lied af­ter squan­der­ing a 2-0 first-pe­riod lead. An­ders Nils­son stopped 34 shots, clos­ing his legs to foil Ed­mon­ton star Connor McDavid on a short-handed break­away in the third pe­riod. Leon Drai­saitl, Mi­lan Lu­cic and Jor­dan Eberle scored for the Oil­ers, who im­proved to 3-0-2 on the road de­spite the loss. McDavid had two as­sists.


Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg back­handed in the de­cid­ing goal in the shootout and Detroit came back from a two-goal deficit to beat Win­nipeg. Thomas Vanek also scored against goalie Connor Helle­buyck in the shootout, and Pa­trik Laine had Win­nipeg’s tally against Petr Mrazek. To­mas Tatar, An­thony Man­tha and Vanek scored in reg­u­la­tion for Detroit, which has at least one point in seven of its last eight games (5-1-2). The Jets got goals from An­drew Copp, Dustin Byfuglien and Laine, whose 17th of the sea­son tied him for the NHL lead with Pitts­burgh’s Sid­ney Crosby.


Sean Mon­a­han scored on a power play mid­way through the third pe­riod, lift­ing Cal­gary over Dal­las. Johnny Gau­dreau passed to Mon­a­han from be­hind the net into the slot, and he slid a wrist shot past goalie Kari Le­hto­nen. Mon­a­han as­sisted on Gau­dreau’s goal that tied it at 1 in the sec­ond pe­riod. Flames goalie Chad John­son made 29 saves. Le­hto­nen had 18. Dal­las’ Cur­tis McKen­zie opened the scor­ing with an unas­sisted goal in the first pe­riod.

— AP

PHILADELPHIA: Philadelphia Fly­ers’ Steve Ma­son (35) blocks a shot by Florida Pan­thers’ Jussi Joki­nen (36) as Shayne Gostis­be­here (53), Nick Cousins (25) and Colton Sce­viour (7) look on dur­ing the third pe­riod of an NHL hockey game, Tues­day, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 3-2 in over­time.

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