Dump-in shot tips offdefenseman’s stick for goal, Boston win
BRUINS 2, FLYERS 1
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.