Stars halt Fly­ers’ win­ning streak at 10

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Adam Crack­nell scored the tiebreak­ing goal early in the third pe­riod to lead the Dal­las Stars to a 3-1 vic­tory over Philadel­phia on Satur­day, end­ing the Fly­ers’ 10-game win­ning streak. Radek Faksa and Jordie Benn also scored for the Stars and Antti Niemi stopped 31 shots, in­clud­ing three dur­ing a Fly­ers power play in the clos­ing min­utes. Crack­nell broke a 1-1 tie at 2:27 of the third. Fly­ers goalie Steve Ma­son stopped a shot by John Kling­berg, but the puck re­bounded to Crack­nell’s feet and he put it on his stick and sent a wrist shot into the net. Benn, whose penalty gave Philadel­phia its only power play with 2:58 left, scored into an empty net with 18 sec­onds to go. Tyler Leier scored his first NHL goal in the first pe­riod for the Fly­ers while Ma­son fin­ished with 25 saves.

MAPLE LEAFS 2, PEN­GUINS 1, OT

Jake Gar­diner scored 2 min­utes into over­time as Toronto beat Pitts­burgh to end a three-game los­ing streak. Gar­diner was set up by Mitch Marner, whose shot just shuf­fled past de­fense­man Der­rick Pouliot in front. Nikita Zait­sev also scored for Toronto, which had dropped four straight at home. The young Maple Leafs out­shot the de­fend­ing Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­ons 4934 and got 33 saves from Fred­erik An­der­sen. Ev­geni Malkin scored for the Pen­guins, and Marc-An­dre Fleury and Matt Mur­ray com­bined to make 47 saves. Fleury was forced to leave briefly in the first pe­riod af­ter be­ing cut on his neck by a skate, re­quir­ing five stitches.

CANA­DI­ENS 2, CAP­I­TALS 1

Carey Price bounced back from get­ting pulled the night be­fore, mak­ing 20 saves as Mon­treal snapped Wash­ing­ton’s six-game win­ning streak. Price re­turned to his usual, elite form while Art­turi Lehko­nen and Jeff Petry scored for Mon­treal. The 2014-15 Vez­ina Tro­phy-win­ning goal­tender beat last sea­son’s win­ner, Braden Holtby of the Cap­i­tals, who stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced. A day af­ter glar­ing at Michel Ther­rien af­ter Mon­treal’s coach yanked him for al­low­ing four goals on 18 shots in a lack­lus­ter home loss to San Jose, Price made big stops on T.J. Oshie, Mar­cus Jo­hans­son and for­mer team­mate Lars Eller. Nick­las Back­strom scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal for the Cap­i­tals.

RANGERS 2, PREDA­TORS 1, SO

Rookie Jimmy Ve­sey and Mats Zuc­carello each scored in the shootout as New York beat Nashville and the NHL’s best road team added yet an­other win to its record. Ve­sey came out first to heavy boos from Nashville fans up­set he chose to go to free agency rather than sign with the fran­chise that drafted him in 2012 and he beat Ju­use Saros. Then Zuc­carello scored to end the game. Rick Nash scored in reg­u­la­tion as the Rangers im­proved to 11-5-0 away from New York in fin­ish­ing off a two-game road swing with a sec­ond straight vic­tory. Hen­rik Lundqvist made 31 saves, in­clud­ing stop­ping Ryan Jo­hansen to start the shootout. Craig Smith’s shot went wide for Nashville in the sec­ond frame. Mike Fisher scored for Nashville, which has lost two straight and four of the last five.

BLACK­HAWKS 6, BLUES 4

Vin­nie Hi­nos­troza scored a late tiebreak­ing goal and Pa­trick Kane broke out of a 10game goal-scor­ing drought to help Chicago beat St. Louis. Dennis Ras­mussen, Brian Camp­bell, Nik­las Hjal­mars­son and Artemi Pa­narin also scored for the Black­hawks, who have won have four straight. Scott Dar­ling made 23 saves to im­prove to 9-2-2. Pa­trik Ber­glund scored twice for the Blues while Alex Pi­etrangelo and Kyle Brodziak also scored once each. Hjal­mars­son started the come­back by scor­ing in the first minute of third pe­riod to tie the score at 4-4. Hi­nos­troza con­verted with 4:25 left for his first game-win­ning goal of the sea­son. Pa­narin added an empty net­ter. Con­nor McDavid scored the de­ci­sive goal in the shootout as Ed­mon­ton beat Tampa Bay. Mi­lan Lu­cic and Leon Drai­saitl scored in reg­u­la­tion for the Oil­ers while Jonathan Drouin and Tyler John­son had goals for the Light­ning. Tampa Bay has lost two in a row and five of six. Cam Tal­bot made 31 saves for the Oil­ers and then turned away Brian Boyle in the third round of the shootout to end it. Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots.

RED WINGS 6, DUCKS 4

To­mas Tatar got his first ca­reer hat trick to help Detroit break out of a slump with a win over Ana­heim. Tatar got his third goal early in the third pe­riod, putting the puck on both sides of his stick be­fore flip­ping it over John Gib­son. Rickard Rakell scored his sec­ond goal of the game less than two min­utes later, pulling Ana­heim within a goal. The Red Wings re­stored their two-goal lead mid­way through the third when Frans Nielsen scored off a re­bound in front of the net. Petr Mrazek helped Detroit keep the lead, fin­ish­ing with 21 saves. Ana­heim’s Jonathan Bernier stopped 17 shots through two pe­ri­ods be­fore be­ing re­placed by Gib­son.

WILD 4, COY­OTES 1

Darcy Kuem­per stopped 27 shots in his first start in nearly three weeks as Min­nesota beat Ari­zona for its sev­enth straight win. Ryan Suter and Tyler Grao­vac both ended goal-scor­ing droughts of at least 13 games while Chris Ste­wart and Eric Stall also scored for the Wild. Min­nesota has won seven in a row for the first time since March 2013. Bren­dan Per­lini ended Kuem­per’s shutout bid with less than two min­utes re­main­ing and Mike Smith made 26 saves for the Coy­otes, fac­ing sev­eral close shots and at least a cou­ple that hit off the posts.

HUR­RI­CANES 2, SABRES 1, SO

Lee Stemp­niak and Se­bas­tian Aho scored on Carolina’s first two shootout at­tempts to lift the Hur­ri­canes over Buf­falo. Cam Ward made 23 saves and stopped two shots in the shootout for Carolina, while Joakim Nord­strom had a first-pe­riod goal for the Hur­ri­canes. Evan­der Kane tied the game for Buf­falo late in the third. An­ders Nils­son stopped 21 shots for Buf­falo.

SEN­A­TORS 3, DEVILS 1

Der­ick Bras­sard scored the go-ahead goal early in the sec­ond pe­riod and Mike Condon stopped 29 shots as Ot­tawa beat New Jersey to snap a sea­son-high three­game los­ing streak. Bobby Ryan scored in the first pe­riod and Zack Smith added an empty-net­ter for the Sen­a­tors. John Moore scored and Keith Kinkaid fin­ished with 28 saves for the Devils, who have lost five straight.

OIL­ERS 3, LIGHT­NING 2, SO

— AFP

TORONTO: James van Riems­dyk #25 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates with the puck against the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins dur­ing an NHL game at the Air Canada Cen­tre yes­ter­day in Toronto, On­tario, Canada. The Maple Leafs de­feated the Pen­guins 2-1 in over­time.

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