Flyers edge Predators as Simmons scores twice

– Wayne Simmonds had a goal in regulation and the shootout to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Ryan White also scored in regulation for Philadelphia, which improved to 3-7 in shootouts.

"Unfortunately, we don't play like that every night," Simmonds said. "We have to find a way to play that way against teams that are below us. We just focus in, hone in on what we need to do and keep it more simple."

Colin Wilson and Craig Smith scored in regulation for league-leading Nashville, which lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Predators were dominated in the first two periods.

"We were slow getting off the mark," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought the second half of the game, we showed up and looked pretty good."

Predators coach Peter Laviolette made his first trip back to Philadelphia since being fired after beginning last season 0-3.

HIGHLIGHTS

GABBY DELIVERS: Marian Gaborik's 17th goal of the season, early in the third period, gave the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in an outdoor game in Santa Clara, Calif.

•CAPS STAY HOT: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the lone goal in a shootout, Braden Holtby had 30 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-2 for their fourth straight victory. The Islanders were 12-1 in games that went to overtime.

•LEAFS EDGE JETS: James van Riemsdyk scored 3:47 into overtime to give the host Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

•PRICE WINS 33RD: Max Pacioretty scored twice, and the Montreal Canadiens beat visiting Columbus 3-1. Carey Price stopped 32 shots for his 33rd win of the season.

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