Roundup: Flyers overcome Senators
OTTAWA — Daniel Briere had a goal and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
R.J. Umberger, Scott Hartnell and Mike Richards also scored for the Flyers, while Antero Niittymaki stopped 29 shots in a rare start.
Playing without Daniel Alfredsson, their captain and leading scorer, the Senators got goals from Wade Redden, Dany Heatley and Christophe Schubert.
Ray Emery took over in goal in the second period in relief of Martin Gerber, who allowed three goals on 25 shots. Emery surrendered the final goal and made 16 saves as the Senators lost a third straight game for the first time since last March.
Trailing, 4-3, entering the final period, the Senators did everything but tie the game as they pressed for the full 20 minutes. They had three power plays in the period and outshot the Flyers 10-7, but were unable to beat Niittymaki. Emery went to the bench for an extra attacker with a minute and a half to play in the third period, but the Senators couldn’t pull even.
The Flyers’ only pressure of the period came during one stretch late when they registered four shots in a 30 second span. Philadelphia held a 41-29 overall edge in shots.
The Senators came out of the first period with a 2-1 lead as Redden and Heatley sandwiched goals around Umberger’s score.
Redden took a point shot that found its way through several bodies and past Niittymaki at 6:33 on the power play. After Umberger tied it less than two minutes later, Heatley wound up at the top of the faceoff circle and launched a speedy shot over Niittymaki.
Hartnell tied it at 2 just 58 seconds into the second period, but Schubert gave the Senators a 3-2 lead three minutes later when he banked a shot from the corner off Niittymaki’s pad and in.
The rest of the period belonged to the Flyers, as they outshot the Senators, 19-10, and got goals from Richards and Briere to take the lead.
Devils 3, Lightning 2
In Tampa, Fla., Brian Gionta scored twice during New Jersey’s three-goal second period, and Martin Brodeur made 34 saves to lead the Devils.
David Clarkson also scored for the Devils, who went 4-0 on a four-game road trip. New Jersey left wing Patrik Elias missed his second straight game with flulike symptoms.
Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)
In Columbus, Ohio, Nikolai Zherdev scored the winning shootout goal to lead the Blue Jackets.
Michael Peca and Rick Nash also scored in the shootout for Columbus, which won despite allowing Detroit to tie it with two goals in a team-record five seconds. The game was the second shootout in a week between the teams, with Detroit winning last Sunday.
Capitals 5, Hurricanes 2
In Washington, Alexander Ovechkin scored twice, Michael Nylander had a goal and two assists, and the Capitals won their second straight under interim coach Bruce Boudreau.
Mike Green and Boyd Gordon also scored for Washington, which is 2-0 since Glen Hanlon was fired Thursday. The consecutive victories are the Capitals’ first since Oct. 6-8, the end of a three-game winning streak that opened the season.
Coyotes 5, Maple Leafs 1
In Glendale, Ariz., Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 for his fourth straight victory since joining Phoenix in trade with Anaheim, leading the Coyotes to a victory.
Phoenix’s four-game winning streak is its longest since a seven-game run last Dec. 26-Jan. 9. Toronto has lost four of its last five games.
Flames 5, Avalanche 2
In Denver, Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 19 shots and Matthew Lombardi had a goal and an assist to lead the Flames.
Daymond Langkow, Adrian Aucoin, Stephane Yelle and Craig Conroy also scored for Calgary, which has split its last four games. Jarome Iginla and Cory Sarich each had two assists.
Sabres 3, Canadiens 0
In Montreal, Jocelyn Thibault made 24 saves for his first shutout for Buffalo, and Jaroslav Spacek and Thomas Vanek scored second-period goals to lead the Sabres.
Thibault, who played for Montreal from 1995-98, recorded his 38th career shutout.
Islanders 2, Bruins 1
In Uniondale, N.Y., Andy Hilbert and Richard Park, who came in with one goal between them this season, both scored as the punchless New York Islanders pulled out a victory.
One day after dropping a 2-1 decision in Boston, the Islanders returned the favor at home despite not scoring more than two goals for the eighth straight game. New York is 4-4 in that stretch with a total of 13 goals.