Flyers beat Devils to tighten Eastern playoff race
NEWARK, N. J.– Thanks to four goals in the final 7 minutes, 38 seconds, Philadelphia overcame its own undisciplined play Tuesday night and recorded a critical 6-3 victory over New Jersey at the Prudential Center.
In a game several Flyers labeled as a "must-win," Brayden Schenn had a goal and two assists as they moved to within five points of the Devils in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Wayne Simmonds, on the power play, and Nick Cousins scored 50 seconds apart late in the game to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead. Simmonds took a slick feed from Schenn and tapped in his ninth goal in the last 11 games. The Devils began the night with a league-best 2.14 goals-against average.
•SOARING SHARKS: Matt Nieto and Joel Ward both had a goal and an assist as San Jose beat host Tampa Bay 4-2. Joe Pavelski and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who are 7-2-2 over their past 11 games. Martin Jones improved to 11-2-1 in his past 14 decisions after making 28 saves. The Lightning has lost four of its past five games.
•CAPS COME BACK: Evgeny Kuznetsov's tiebreaking goal with two minutes, two seconds remaining off an assist from ex-Kings player Justin Williams, a score that withstood a coach's challenge for goalie interference, lifted NHL-leading Washington to a 3-1 comeback victory over Los Angeles in D.C. Kuznetsov's 16th goal, but first in a month, gave him 20 points in his past 14 games.
•HURRICANE SWEEP: Jordan Staal and Riley Nash scored power-play goals, and Carolina earned a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg at home. The Hurricanes swept the season series. Carolina won 5-3 at Winnipeg on Feb. 5. The win stopped Winnipeg's four-game road winning streak. The Jets had not lost on the road since Jan. 7 against Dallas. Winnipeg had won in its previous five trips to Raleigh. Minnesotan Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg with 13:08 remaining, getting credit for a deflection of Jacob Trouba's drive.
•ROAD SWEET ROAD: Loui Eriksson scored 33 seconds into overtime to lift Boston over Columbus 2-1. Torey Krug and David Krejci assisted on the goal, which helped the Bruins earn their seventh win in their past eight road games. Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves.
•GOOD TO GO: After missing four games because of a concussion, Rangers captain and St. Paul native Ryan McDonagh is all but certain to return against the Blackhawks on Wednesday. "I'm good enough to go, as long as the coaching staff feels they want me," McDonagh said after a full practice, with contact, Tuesday.