Carter, Budaj give L.A. all it needs in road win
Jeff Carter doesn’t know where the Los Angeles Kings would be without goalie Peter Budaj. They probably could say the same about Carter.
Budaj posted his NHL-leading seventh shutout, Carter scored midway through overtime and the Kings won their fifth in a row, beating the host Philadelphia Flyers, 1-0, on Saturday.
Budaj, who wasn’t even on the Kings’ roster on opening night, extended his scoreless streak to 144 minutes 5 seconds. He made 17 saves.
“To be honest with you, if he wasn’t playing how he is, we wouldn’t be in the position we are,” Carter, who began his career with the Flyers, said of Budaj.
Anze Kopitar set up the winning goal at 2:35 with a backhand pass across the crease to Carter, who whizzed a wrist shot off Michal Neuvirth and into the net. It was the 27 th tally of the season for Carter.
Neuvirth made 27 saves for Philadelphia, including a sensational glove stop in the second period.
AVALANCHE 5, JETS 2: Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist, and reeling Colorado beat visiting Winnipeg in Denver.
Matt Nieto scored twice, and Matt Duchene added three assists, helping the Avalanche stop a nine-game losing streak. Nathan MacKinnon and Carl Soderberg also scored, and Calvin Pickard had 23 saves.
MAPLE LEAFS 6, BRUINS 5: William Nylander had his first career hat trick, James van Riemsdyk scored his second of the game to break a tie with 1:36 left, and Toronto snapped a threegame losing streak with a win at Boston.
Connor Brown also scored for the Maple Leafs.
SABRES 4, SENATORS 0: Robin Lehner made 37 saves, Kyle Okposo scored his 16th goal, and host Buffalo beat Ottawa to snap a three-game skid.
The Sabres also had goals from Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhart and Marcus Foligno. Jack Eichel had two assists.
DEVILS 5, BLUE JACKETS 1: Taylor Hall scored twice, Travis Zajac had a goal and an assist, and New Jersey won at Columbus. Jacob Josefson and Seth Helgeson also scored, and Cory Schneider had 31 saves for the Devils, who won their sixth straight road game.
HURRICANES 5, ISLANDERS 4 (OT): Ron Hainsey’s second goal of the game at 2:08 of overtime lifted Carolina to a road victory over New York.
Jacob Slavin, Lee Stempniak and Teuvo Teravainen also scored to help the Hurricanes win their third straight.
LIGHTNING 3, DUCKS 2 (SO): Brian Boyle scored in the fourth round of the shootout, and Tampa Bay beat visiting Anaheim.
Jonathan Drouin and Alex Killorn scored in regulation, Nikita Kucherov had two assists, and Ben Bishop made 14 saves for the Lightning, which won the shootout 3-2.
RED WINGS 1, PREDATORS 0: Petr Mrazek made 42 saves, Mike Green scored in the first period and Detroit won at Nashville.
Mrazek is 5-0-0 in his career against the Predators.
PENGUINS 4, BLUES 1: Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots and Pittsburgh won at St. Louis.
Kris Letang and Justin Schultz also scored for the Penguins, who are 20-2-2 when Crosby scores a goal.
BLACKHAWKS 5, STARS 3: Trevor van Riemsdyk put in a rebound with 4:03 left to lift visiting Chicago over Dallas.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped a close-range shot by Artem Anisimov, but van Riemsdyk followed to put the puck under Lehtonen and make it 4-3. Jonathan Toews added an empty-net goal in the final second.