Maple Leafs lose their first shootout of sea­son

Cou­turier’s goal wins it for Fly­ers

The Buffalo News - - NHL -

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.

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