Flyers take the cake in fight-filled affair
PHILADELPHIA – Claude Giroux scored 3 minutes, 57 seconds into overtime, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a fight-filled game Tuesday night.
After a throwback clash that featured one ejection and nearly 100 penalty minutes, perhaps this one should have been decided by the judges' scorecards rather than goals.
"It was a game we needed to kind of get a little dirty, play together," Giroux said. "We literally fought for each other. There was a lot of emotions. Hopefully, we can build on this."
Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo was tossed and faces a likely suspension for plowing Kris Letang into the glass. Flyers All-Star and NHL scoring leader Jake Voracek threw a series of fists in his first fight of the season. And Pittsburgh forward Steve Downie gave a flippant wave to a jeering crowd as he skated to the locker room after his role in a brawl.
The teams fought four times in the second period for a total of 66 penalty minutes.
• MR. 200: Blackhawks star Patrick Kane scored career goal No. 200 in a 6-1 victory over the visiting Coyotes. Andrew Shaw broke out of a scoring slump with two goals, and rookie Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist for his first multipoint game in the NHL.
•PREDATORS STREAK ENDS: For the first time in 14 tries, the Predators didn't win the game after a loss, resulting in a 2-1 OT defeat to the host Canadiens.
•NO TIP OF THE CAP: Alex Killorn fell one goal shy of the hat trick as his Lightning secured a 4-1 victory over the visiting Canucks.
•TWO-GOAL RALLY: Teddy Purcell scored the decisive goal in a shootout after the Oilers rallied from a two-goal deficit, for the 5-4 win over the host Capitals.
•GOOD TIP: Carl Hagelin deflected in Derek Stepan's backhand pass 2:55 into overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over visiting Ottawa.
•REACHING A GOAL: In his 700th career game, Vernon Fiddler scored the Dallas Stars' only goal in a 3-1 defeat to the visiting Boston Bruins, who were led by Tuukka Rask's 36 saves.
•INJURIES BITE SHARKS: The San Jose Sharks placed forward Tommy Wingels and defenseman Justin Braun on injured reserve with upper-body ailments. The team also called up defenseman Dylan DeMelo from Worcester of the AHL.
•BOEDKER OUT: Arizona Coyotes leading scorer Mikkel Boedker is listed as week-to-week after having his spleen removed last weekend.