Fly­ers beat Oil­ers for 7th straight win

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Michael Raffl scored with 1:29 re­main­ing to cap Philadelphia’s rally from two goals down in a 6-5 vic­tory over the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers on Thurs­day night for the Fly­ers’ sev­enth straight win. Claude Giroux had two goals and one as­sist, and Mark Streit, Pierre-Edouard Belle­mare and Jakub Vo­racek also scored for the Fly­ers. Steve Ma­son stopped 28 shots to win his sixth straight and im­prove to 11-8-3. Leon Drai­saitl had a goal and two as­sists, Con­nor McDavid had a goal and an as­sist, and An­drej Sek­era, Benoit Pouliot and Os­car Klef­bom also scored for the Oil­ers, who have blown leads in four straight games. Jonas Gus­tavs­son fin­ished with 25 saves.


Carey Price lost his tem­per af­ter be­ing bumped twice in his crease and made 19 saves to help Mon­treal beat New Jersey. Tor­rey Mitchell scored twice and Phillip Danault, Art­turi Lehko­nen and Max Pa­cioretty also had goals for the Cana­di­ens in their re­turn from a five-game trip. Adam Hen­rique scored a goal and set up one by Tay­lor Hall for New Jersey, which ended a two-game win­ning streak. Mon­treal had a sea­son-high 49 shots on Cory Sch­nei­der. A wild first pe­riod in­cluded three goals, four goal re­views and Price’s melt­down. With 18 sec­onds left in the first pe­riod, Kyle Palmieri slid into Price’s knees, and the goal­tender jumped on him and started pum­mel­ing him with his blocker. Price was pulled away in the en­su­ing melee.


Sid­ney Crosby got his 18th goal and added an as­sist to lead Pitts­burgh over Florida. Conor Sheary, Tom Kuhn­hackl, Matt Cullen and Carl Hagelin also scored for Pitts­burgh. Matt Mur­ray made 28 saves. The Pen­guins have won four straight and five of their past six. Jaromir Jagr scored his 755th ca­reer goal, and Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots for the Pan­thers. Luongo al­lowed three goals on Pitts­burgh’s first five shots. Pan­thers coach Tom Rowe, who re­placed Ger­ard Gal­lant on Nov. 28, made his home de­but. The Pan­thers have lost five of six un­der Rowe, but man­aged a point in three of those losses.


Dougie Hamil­ton scored 1:09 into over­time, Chad John­son stopped 27 shots and Cal­gary beat Ari­zona. Mark Giordano scored for the Flames in a chippy game filled with big hits and mul­ti­ple fights.

Hamil­ton capped a fast-paced over­time by dek­ing Ari­zona’s Mike Smith with a fore­hand be­fore flip­ping in a back­han­der. Cal­gary has won five straight and eight of 11 (8-2-1). Max Domi scored be­fore leav­ing with an up­per­body in­jury and Smith stopped 33 shots for the Coy­otes, who have lost six straight and 11 of 14 (3-7-4). Ari­zona captain Shane Doan be­came Ari­zona’s all-time as­sist leader and is the fifth player in NHL his­tory to own his team’s records for games played, goals, as­sists, points, game-win­ning goals and power-play goals.


An­ders Lee’s sec­ond goal of the game with just over seven min­utes re­main­ing lifted New York over St Louis. Lee’s go-ahead score on a slap shot came af­ter Casey Cizikas won a face­off in the Blues zone and sent the puck back to Lee, who ri­fled it past Allen with 7:18 left. Lee, who started the sea­son slowly, now has seven goals in his last eight games.

John Tavares also scored and Thomas Greiss stopped 24 shots to help the Is­lan­ders im­prove their sea­son-best stretch to 5-0-1 in their last six games. Robby Fab­bri and Kyle Brodziak had goals for the Blues, who fell to 37-1 away from home while go­ing 12-1-3 at Scot­trade Cen­ter. Jake Allen, who came in with eight straight wins, fin­ished with 24 saves.


Derek Ryan scored twice, Cam Ward made 21 saves and Carolina beat Los Angeles. Ryan had his first multi­goal per­for­mance in 20 NHL games. A fix­ture in the lineup since be­ing called up from the Charlotte Check­ers of the AHL on Nov 11, Ryan has six points in the last seven games. He will turn 30 on Dec. 29 and has three goals this sea­son and five in his ca­reer. Brock McGinn also scored for Carolina. Drew Doughty scored for the Kings and Jeff Zatkoff made 15 saves in his first 60-minute per­for­mance of the sea­son.


Jamie Benn scored his 200th ca­reer goal and added two as­sists, and Dal­las beat Nashville. Ja­son Spezza had a goal and two as­sists, An­toine Rous­sel and Tyler Seguin each had a goal and an as­sist, and Brett Ritchie also scored for the Stars. Kari Le­hto­nen stopped 33 shots, in­clud­ing all 21 in the sec­ond pe­riod. Vik­tor Arvids­son and Calle Jarnkrok scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne came in with a 2.23 goals-against av­er­age, but gave up four goals on 18 shots in 25:47 be­fore leav­ing early in the sec­ond pe­riod. Marek Mazanec came on and stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced.


Kevin Hayes scored a power-play goal with 1:09 left in the third pe­riod to lift New York over Win­nipeg. Jets for­ward Drew Stafford was in the penalty box for high-stick­ing when Ryan McDon­agh’s point shot through traf­fic de­flected to Hayes, who cap­i­tal­ized for his 11th of the sea­son. Chris Krei­der also scored for New York and Antti Raanta, play­ing for the first time since Nov 27, stopped 17 shots. Mark Scheifele had the ty­ing goal for Win­nipeg mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod, and Michael Hutchin­son fin­ished with 22 saves.

Matt Duch­ene scored his 10th goal and John Mitchell got his first, lift­ing Colorado over Bos­ton. The Avalanche won for the 10th time in 11 vis­its to Bos­ton, where they haven’t lost since 1998. Duch­ene’s goal 5:30 into the game was the first of three unas­sisted tal­lies for Colorado, which shut down Bos­ton in the third pe­riod af­ter David Pas­tr­nak scored twice in the sec­ond to pull the Bru­ins within 3-2. For­mer Bruin Carl Soder­berg added a goal for Colorado in the third and Nathan MacK­in­non also scored for the Avs.


Jayson Megna and Jack Skille both had two goals, Ryan Miller made 38 saves be­fore leav­ing with six min­utes left in the third pe­riod and Van­cou­ver beat Tampa Bay. Erik Gud­bran­son also scored for the Canucks, who are 1-1 on a five-game road. Miller skated to the bench and then went to the locker room. There was no im­me­di­ate word on why he de­parted. Tampa Bay, in a 1-5-1 slide, got a goal from Jonathan Drouin. — AP

GLENDALE: Michael Frolik #67 of the Cal­gary Flames skates with the puck ahead of Bren­dan Per­lini #29 of the Ari­zona Coy­otes dur­ing the third pe­riod of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on De­cem­ber 8, 2016 in Glendale, Ari­zona. — AFP


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