The Washington Post

Florida survives at home to tie record

PANTHERS 2, FLYERS 1 (OT)

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Aaron Ekblad scored 2:39 into overtime, and the Florida Panthers won their record-tying 11th straight home game to start the season by topping the Philadelph­ia Flyers, 2-1, on Wednesday night in Sunrise, Fla.

After a faceoff win in the three-on-three session, Ekblad worked a give-and-go with Jonathan Huberdeau, zipping in the winner from the low slot for his sixth goal of the season.

Sam Bennett had a goal and an assist and Anthony Duclair and Ekblad dished out assists for Florida, which won its fourth straight and is 8-2-1 against the Metropolit­an Division.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves and became the first Florida goalie to record points in 11 straight starts (9- 0-2).

Joel Farabee broke a five-game streak without a goal with his first-period marker and Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov had assists for the Flyers, who dropped their fourth straight (0-3-1).

With Carter Hart starting in net in Tuesday night’s 4- 0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Martin Jones took the crease Wednesday and made 43 saves.

Derick Brassard (lower body) sat out in Tampa, and Morgan Frost — a Wednesday morning call-up — played.

BRUINS 5, SABRES 1: Pa

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trice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Charlie Coyle each had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Boston over Buffalo.

Boston chased Sabres goalie Aaron Dell with four first-period goals — all in a span of less than six minutes — on the 22 shots he faced. Dustin Tokarski stopped 24 of 25 shots in relief.

Kyle Okposo scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who lost their fourth in a row and are 2-8-1 following a 5-1-1 start.

PENGUINS 4, CANUCKS

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1: Tristan Jarry stopped 36 shots to win his fourth straight start and Pittsburgh cruised past reeling Vancouver at home.

Evan Rodrigues, Bryan Rust, Zach Aston-reese and Brock Mcginn scored for the Penguins, who have outscored opponents 15-2 during their winning streak. The surge has coincided with the team’s emergence from a coronaviru­s outbreak and Jarry’s spectacula­r play.

Thatcher Demko had 33 saves for the Canucks. Bo Horvat scored his sixth goal of the season — Vancouver’s first in 147:58 of game time — but couldn’t stop the team from falling to 1- 6-1 in its past eight games.

BLUE JACKETS 3, JETS 0:

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Elvis Merzlikins made 36 saves for his seventh career shutout, and Columbus handed visiting Winnipeg its fourth straight loss.

Gregory Hofmann, Zach Werenski and Andrew Peeke scored for the Blue Jackets, who won for the fourth time in five games. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots in his first loss in five starts against Columbus.

WILD 3, DEVILS 2 (SO): In

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Newark, Kevin Fiala scored the lone goal in a shootout, Cam Talbot made 42 saves and Minnesota beat New Jersey after getting to the arena late because of traffic.

Minnesota scored two first-period goals before the Devils overcame the 2- 0 deficit in the third to send the game to overtime.

RANGERS 4, ISLANDERS

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1: In Elmont, N.Y., Chris Kreider and Kevin Rooney each scored twice and the Rangers beat the Islanders.

Igor Shesterkin made 20 saves as the Rangers won for the sixth time in seven games. Ryan Reaves added two assists.

Andy Andreoff scored and Semyon Varlamov stopped 17 of 21 shots, but the shorthande­d Islanders fell for the seventh straight game as seven players remain in covid-19 protocol. The Islanders have yet to record a win in three attempts at their new arena next to Belmont Park.

RED WINGS 4, BLUES 2:

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Adam Erne scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, streaking rookie Lucas Raymond got his eighth of the season, and Detroit beat St. Louis at home.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5,

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PREDATORS 2: Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone each had a goal and an assist, and Vegas beat Nashville on the road.

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