Flyers defeat Canucks
Giroux’s goal lifts Philly in shootout
PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.
Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Pier re-Edouard Bellemare and Brayden Schenn scored in regulation for the Flyers, who won for just the third time in their last 10 games.
Markus Granlund scored twice in regulation, and Daniel Sedin and Brandon Sutter each had a goal for Vancouver, which lost its third straight - all on the road.
Michal Neuvirth made 11 saves in the third period and overtime and stopped all three shots in the shootout in relief of Steve Mason, who was lifted after allowing four goals on 24 shots through two periods.
Neuvirth denied Granlund, Bo Horvat and Loui Eriksson in the tiebreaker.
Jayson Megna and Troy Stecher had two assists each for the Canucks, who have lost 16 of 21 on the road.
Schenn tied it at 4 just 57 seconds into the third period with his 14th goal of the season and 10th on the power play when he took Giroux’s pass from behind the net and shot the puck off Ryan Miller and into the net.
Sutter put the Canucks in front 4-3 with 7:14 left in the second period to cap a high-scoring 3 ½ minutes. Sutter took Megna’s pass and beat Mason with a forehand shot from in close. It was the fourth goal combined between the teams over a 3:25 stretch.
Philadelphia started the onslaught with 10:39 left in the period when Bellemare ripped a slap shot past Miller’s glove side after Matt Read stripped Christopher Tanev in the circle and fed Bellemare in the high slot.
Couturier gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead 18 seconds later when he finished a 2-on-1 after a deft pass through the crease from Voracek that set up an easy tap-in.
Granlund registered his second goal of the night 1:22 later to tie it at 3 when he capitalized off a faceoff by getting behind Brandon Manning and shooting through Mason’s five-hole.
Granlund got the first tally of the five-goal period when he scored on a power play off a rebound 1:51 into the period.
Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol replaced Mason to start the third period.
The Canucks spent 8:37 on the power play in the first period thanks in part to consecutive double-minor high sticking penalties to Manning and Michael Del Zotto. Vancouver capitalized midway through the period when Sedin shot a wrister over Mason’s glove from the slot on a 5-on-3.
Philadelphia tied it at 1 with 5:30 left in the period on its own power play after Konecny finished off a nifty assist by Dale Weise, who kicked the puck before batting it out of the air to Konecny right in front of the crease.
Senators 4, Penguins 1
OTTAWA, Ontario — Mike Condon made 29 saves to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Coming off a 5-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday night, the Stanley Cup champion Penguins lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Dec. 14-19, 2015.
Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman, Tom Pyatt and Mark Stone scored for Ottawa, playing for the first time Sunday.
Condon, making his eighth consecutive start, allowed only Conor Sheary’s goal. The goalie was at his best in the second period, making a number of big saves, including one on Phil Kessel and another on Nick Bonino.