Hart stays hot as Flyers dump slumping Ducks
Islanders, Bruins earn OT victories
PHILADELPHIA — Carter Hart’s approach to making big saves is simple and effective.
Hart stopped 30 shots for his eighth straight victory, Sean Couturier had a goal and two assists and the Philadelphia Flyers scored four times in the first period to rout the slumping Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Saturday.
Michael Raffl, Oskar Lindblom, Phil Varone, Nolan Patrick and Travis Konecny also scored for the Flyers, who have won nine of 10.
The 20-year-old Hart helped the Flyers to a fast start, denying Jakob Silfverberg on a breakaway with a glove save 1:15 into the contest.
Hart tied an NHL rookie record for most consecutive victories before turning 21, matching former Quebec netminder Jocelyn Thibault’s performance in March 1995.
“I don’t look at those things,” Hart said. “Sure it’s cool, but we just want to win hockey games.”
Buoyed by Hart’s early-game performance, Philadelphia broke away early.
“It could’ve been a whole different game,” Couturier said. “He’s been keeping us in games, making us believe even when we’re not playing our best. It’s nice to get him some goals. He’s been unbelievable.”
Adam Henrique and Nick Ritchie scored for Anaheim, which lost its seventh in a row and 19th in the last 21.
Ryan Getzlaf had two assists while playing in his 967th contest, which set a club record for
most games with the Ducks. ISLANDERS 4, AVALANCHE 3, OT: In New York, Ryan Pulock scored his second goal of the game 2:23 into overtime to lift New York past Colorado.
Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, Josh Bailey also scored, and Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots. The Islanders are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games. BRUINS 5, KINGS 4, OT:
In Boston, Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal at 2:34 of overtime to lift Boston past Los Angeles.
Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Danton Heinen scored in a 3:22 span early in the third period to give the Bruins a 4-2 edge. The Kings rallied to tie it on goals by Nate Thomson and Oscar Fantenberg. BLUES 3, PREDATORS 2: In St. Louis, Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 19th goal, rookie Jordan Binnington made 28 saves and St. Louis beat Nashville for its fifth straight victory.
Vince Dunn and Mackenzie MacEachern also scored. The teams will meet again today in Nashville.
SABRES 3, RED WINGS 1: In Buffalo, N.Y., Casey Mittelstadt and Kyle Okposo scored powerplay goals and Buffalo won for the fourth time in 11 games.
Linus Ullmark stopped 28 shots, bouncing back after allowing 10 goals on 75 shots in his previous two outings.
WILD 4, DEVILS 2: In Newark, N.J., former Devils star Zach Parise scored the goahead goal and Minnesota beat New Jersey to snap a four-game losing streak.
Linemates Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin also scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 16 saves. SENATORS 5, JETS 2: In Ottawa, Winnipeg native Mark
Stone scored twice to help Ottawa beat the Jets.
Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Zack Smith also scored, and Anders Nilsson made 44 saves. LIGHTNING 5, PENGUINS 4:
In Tampa, Fla., Tyler Johnson and J.T Miller had third-period goals and Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh to end a two-game skid.
Yanni Gourde, Erik Cernak and Anthony Cirelli also scored for the NHL-leading Lightning. SHARKS 5, OILERS 2: In Edmonton, Alberta, Kevin Labanc had his first career hat trick and San Jose beat Edmonton for its fifth straight victory.
Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl also scored, and Aaron Dell made 21 saves. PANTHERS 5, CAPITALS 4, OT: In Washington, Mike Hoffman scored on a power play 1: 31 into overtime and Roberto Luongo made 26 saves to help Florida beat Washington. MAPLE LEAFS 4, CANADIENS 3, OT: In Montreal, John Tavares scored at 2:17 of overtime to lift Toronto.
Andreas Johnsson, Nikita Zaitsev and William Nylander also scored to help the Maple Leafs extend their winning streak to four games. BLUE JACKETS 4, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3: In Las Vegas, Nev., Cam Atkinson scored two goals less than three minutes apart to lead Columbus past Vegas. CANUCKS 4, FLAMES 3, SO:
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Elias Pettersson got the only goal in the shootout to lead Vancouver past Calgary. COYOTES 3, STARS 2: In Glendale, Ariz., Alex Galchenyuk scored twice and Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots to help Arizona beat Dallas.
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart, left, sweeps the puck away from Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell, right, during Saturday’s game. Hart finished with 30 saves and won his eighth straight in goal.