Dump-in shot tips offde­fense­man’s stick for goal, Bos­ton win


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It was a low-per­cent­age chance that might just help the Bos­ton Bru­ins reach the play­offs for the first time in three sea­sons.

It also could lead to the end of Philadel­phia’s hopes.

“Ninety-nine out of 100 it’s not go­ing to go in,” Bos­ton’s Drew Stafford said of his dump-in shot that went into the net with 5.6 sec­onds left after it tipped off Philadel­phia de­fense­man Bran­don Man­ning’s stick, giv­ing the host Bru­ins a 2-1 win over the Fly­ers on Satur­day.

David Pas­tr­nak had a pow­er­play goal, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for Bos­ton, which im­proved to 10-3 un­der in­terim coach Bruce Cas­sidy, who re­placed Claude Julien on Feb. 7.

“Hey, you never know,” Cas­sidy said. “You never know, throw­ing it at the net. It’s lucky. We all know that. A heart­breaker for Philly and a ben­e­fit for us.”

Jor­dan Weal had the Fly­ers’ goal, and Steve Ma­son stopped 25 shots. Philadel­phia may be slid­ing out of a chance at a play­off berth with its ninth loss in 14 games (5-8-1).

Stafford had the puck along the right boards, spun around and just shot a seem­ingly harm­less at­tempt at the net. Man­ning skated in front, and it slipped past Ma­son after hit­ting his stick. The de­fense­man put his hand to his hel­met in dis­be­lief.

Man­ning said it was just his in­stinct to at­tempt to block the shot.

“That’s just the way hockey is or sport or what­ever,” he said. “Un­for­tu­nately it was a big mo­ment, big time of our sea­son right now. It’s tough right now, but you’re mov­ing away from it, I guess.”

When asked whether he wished he would have done any­thing dif­fer­ently, he said: “What do you think? It’s the game-win­ning goal and big­gest time of the year.”

COY­OTES 5, DEVILS 4: To­bias Rei­der and An­thony DeAn­gelo each had a goal and as­sist, and Ari­zona sur­vived a fu­ri­ous New Jersey rally in Glendale, Ariz., to hand the Devils their 10th con­sec­u­tive loss.

The Coy­otes led 4-0 early in the sec­ond pe­riod but needed the goal from the rookie DeAn­gelo with 6:29 to play for what proved to be the win­ning mar­gin.

BLUES 4, IS­LAN­DERS 3: Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice to lead St. Louis to a home win.

Alexan­der Steen and Pa­trik Ber­glund also scored, and the Blues won their fourth straight game.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, HUR­RI­CANES 2 (OT): Mor­gan Rielly scored 2:13 into over­time to lift Toronto over Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.

FLAMES 3, JETS 0: Brian El­liott made 31 saves for his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive shutout, and Cal­gary ex­tended its win­ning streak to nine games with a vic­tory in Win­nipeg.

SEN­A­TORS 4, AVALANCHE 2: Craig An­der­son made 14 saves to set the fran­chise wins mark, and Ot­tawa de­feated Colorado in Den­ver for its sixth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

An­der­son earned win No. 147 with Ot­tawa and passed Pa­trick Lal­ime for the top spot.

SABRES 5, BLUE JACK­ETS 3: Evan­der Kane scored a power-play goal with 2:29 re­main­ing, and Buf­falo ral­lied from a three-goal deficit to beat Columbus at home.

LIGHT­NING 3, PAN­THERS 2: In Tampa, On­drej Palat scored with 2:23 left to give Tampa Bay a vic­tory over Florida.

PREDA­TORS 3, SHARKS 1: Ryan Jo­hansen and James Neal scored goals to help Nashville snap a four-game los­ing streak with a vic­tory at San Jose.

Lundqvist out for weeks

New York Rangers goalie Hen­rik Lundqvist is out up to three weeks with a lower-body in­jury.


Bos­ton’s Drew Stafford (19), pic­tured ear­lier, was cred­ited with the game-win­ning goal Satur­day.

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