Schenn scores to back Sto­larz, Fly­ers win ninth straight

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Bray­den Schenn scored 2:44 into over­time and An­thony Sto­larz got his first shutout in his sec­ond ca­reer start, lift­ing the Philadel­phia Fly­ers over the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 on Sun­day night for their ninth con­sec­u­tive win. Sto­larz made 28 saves, help­ing Philadel­phia out­last Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings. Howard made 34 saves in his first start since Nov. 23. Schenn cut in from the left wing, skated across the top of the crease, faked a back­hand shot and then slid the puck in for his eighth goal of the sea­son and fourth in two games. Howard stopped Pier­reE­douard Belle­maire from the bot­tom in­side edge of the right cir­cle 1:53 into over­time.


Pa­trik Laine shot the puck into his own net mid­way through the third pe­riod, cost­ing Win­nipeg in a loss to Ed­mon­ton. Ed­mon­ton’s Mark Letestu was cred­ited with his sec­ond goal of the game when Laine fired the re­bound of Letestu’s slap shot di­rectly into his own wide-open goal. Cap­tain Blake Wheeler put an arm around Laine to con­sole him when the Fin­nish rookie re­turned to the bench. The 18-year-old ranks third in the NHL with 17 goals and is an early front-run­ner for the Calder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy as the league’s top rookie. Os­car Klef­bom also scored and Cam Tal­bot made 29 saves for the Oil­ers. Mathieu Per­reault and Chris Thor­burn had goals for the Jets, who have now lost four straight games. Con­nor Helle­buyck stopped 27 shots.


Se­myon Var­lamov made 51 saves, help­ing Colorado re­bound from a mis­er­able loss with a vic­tory over Toronto. The Avs lost 10-1 to Mon­treal on Satur­day night but re­bounded on the back of their Rus­sian goal­tender. Mikko Ran­ta­nen, Nathan MacKin­non and Blake Comeau scored, help­ing last-place Colorado get its sec­ond win in nine games. Antoine Bibeau made 26 saves in his first NHL start, and Jake Gar­diner scored for Toronto. The Leafs, who won 4-1 in Bos­ton on Satur­day, are now 0-5-1 in the sec­ond half of back-to-backs this sea­son.


J.T. Miller and Brady Sk­jei scored 3:50 apart late in the sec­ond pe­riod, Antti Raanta stopped 19 shots for his sec­ond straight shutout and New York beat New Jersey. Chris Krei­der had a goal and an as­sist, and Bran­don Pirri and Jimmy Ve­sey also scored to give the Rangers their first three-game win­ning streak since Nov. 12-15. Raanta, start­ing for the third time in four nights and com­ing off a 1-0 over­time win against Chicago on Fri­day, got his sixth ca­reer shutout and im­proved to 8-1-0 with a 1.65 goals-against av­er­age in 10 starts this sea­son. Cory Sch­nei­der fin­ished with 25 saves for New Jersey, which lost its third straight. The Devils had an early goal dis­al­lowed af­ter a re­view and an­other didn’t count be­cause it came af­ter a whis­tle.



Mar­ian Hossa, Artem Anisi­mov and Artemi Pa­narin scored to lead Cen­tral Di­vi­sion-lead­ing Chicago over Dal­las. Chicago’s Scott Darling made 23 saves in his fifth straight start while No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford re­cov­ers from an ap­pen­dec­tomy. Darling has per­mit­ted just seven goals dur­ing the stretch, but the Black­hawks have scored only nine while go­ing 2-2-1. Devin Shore scored for Dal­las, which lost its sec­ond straight and third in four. Dal­las’ Kari Le­hto­nen blocked 24 shots while mak­ing his fifth straight start. The 37-year-old Hossa scored his team-lead­ing 15th goal and has three in three games. Black­hawks cap­tain Jonathan Toews missed his ninth game and de­fense­man Brent Seabrook his sec­ond with up­per-body in­juries.


Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal in the first pe­riod and Braden Holtby made it stand up, stop­ping 20 shots to help Wash­ing­ton beat weary Van­cou­ver. Wash­ing­ton nursed a 1-0 lead un­til Ovechkin Chicago St. Louis Min­nesota Win­nipeg Nashville Dal­las Colorado

Ana­heim Ed­mon­ton Calgary San Jose Los Angeles Van­cou­ver Ari­zona 18 16 15 13 12 11 11

15 15 16 16 14 12 9

19 8 9 8 16 11 13 15

9 11 13 11 11 15 13

6 4 4 4 3 4 6 1

5 5 2 1 2 2 5

3 81 79 75 82 78 75 60

81 93 81 68 71 67 62

91 70 79 56 96 78 96 86

75 85 86 61 70 86 83

62 40 36 34 29 28 28 23

35 35 34 33 30 26 23

41 earned an as­sist on a goal by Justin Wil­liams with just un­der 15 min­utes left. Tom Wilson scored into an empty net with 52 sec­onds re­main­ing to seal the Cap­i­tals’ fourth straight vic­tory. Wash­ing­ton killed five Van­cou­ver power plays to com­plete a two-game sea­son sweep. Holtby was rarely tested in his 25th ca­reer shutout, the sec­ond this sea­son.


Matt Dumba, Nino Nieder­re­iter and Mikael Gran­lund scored, De­van Dub­nyk made 22 saves and Min­nesota held on to beat St. Louis for its fourth straight win. Dumba scored for the sec­ond straight game in the sec­ond pe­riod and Nieder­re­iter got his eighth goal about seven min­utes later. Gran­lund added an empty-net goal. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 14th goal of the sea­son for St. Louis. Jake Allen stopped 22 shots for the Blues, who had won five of their past seven games.


Antoine Ver­mette and Corey Perry each had a goal and an as­sist and Ana­heim scored a sea­son-high three power-play goals to beat Ottawa. Joseph Cra­marossa, Nick Ritchie and Sami Vata­nen also scored, and John Gib­son made 21 saves. Ryan Dzin­gel scored for the Se­na­tors, who lost their sec­ond straight game in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Mike Con­don made 10 saves be­fore be­ing re­moved for An­drew Ham­mond in the sec­ond pe­riod. Ham­mond stopped 16 shots. —AP

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