Maple Leafs lose their first shootout of season
Couturier’s goal wins it for Flyers
Sean Couturier scored in the fifth round of a shootout to lift the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday.
Flyers goaltender Carter Hart, who made 38 saves through regulation and overtime, stopped William Nylander’s fifth-round attempt to preserve the win. Couturier had the only successful shootout attempt among the 10 skaters.
Travis Konecny, Radko Gudas, Couturier and Ryan Hartman each scored in regulation for the Flyers, who remained mathematically alive in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Travis Sanheim and Scott Laughton each had two assists.
The Flyers snapped their three-game home losing streak.
Connor Brown and Auston Matthews each scored a goal and had an assist in regulation for the Maple Leafs, who participated in a shootout for the first time this season. Nazem Kadri and Nylander added one goal apiece.
Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen made 40 saves.
Five points for Pastrnak
David Pastrnak continued his torrid return from injury with a hat trick and two assists, and the Boston Bruins won their 12th straight at home, 6-3 over the New York Rangers.
Pastrnak failed to record a point March 19 in his first contest back after missing 16 with a thumb injury, but has five goals and six assists in four since.
On Wednesday, he set career highs with his 36th goal and five points in a regular-season game while helping the playoffbound Bruins extend their longest home winning streak since a 14-game run in 2008-09.
Boston also avoided being swept in the season series by the Rangers, who will miss the playoffs for a second straight season and are 2-8-5 since Feb. 24.
The Bruins didn’t waste time, as Pastrnak drove home a pinpoint, cross-slot pass from Brad Marchand on the power play just 2:48 into the game. Marchand (three assists) and Patrice Bergeron, who also recorded an assist on that goal, both extended their home point streaks to 17 games.