The Flyers again "settled" for a win on Saturday, beating the Dallas Stars 3-1 at the Wells Fargo Center. Andrej Meszaros and Darroll Powe each scored on long-distance wrist shots, and Brian Boucher stopped 30 shots. Jeff Carter added his 25th goal for the Flyers, who increased their Atlantic Division lead over Pittsburgh to three points.
Brenden Morrow spoiled what could have been Philadelphia's first shutout by scoring in the second period for the Stars.
"We're not going to get a shutout this year," Boucher said. "It's just not going to happen. We'll just keep trying to win games and we'll be happy with that."
Boucher took it a step further. Told that two other teams in NHL history have won the Stanley Cup without recording a regular-season shutout -- the 1981-82 New York Islanders and the 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers =- the Flyers grinned.
"See, we're not going to get a shutout this year."
They may not be putting up zeroes on the scoreboard, but the Flyers are putting up plenty of "W's" -- they are 12-3-0 since Jan. 1.
Meszaros opened the scoring with 1:20 left in the first period when he took a pass from Ville Leino and flipped a wrist shot over Kari Lehtonen's glove.
"It went in, so I'm happy about that," Meszaros said. "It was a nice pass by Ville. I was trying to find a shooting lane, and wrist it in. I guess the goalie didn't see it, so it went in."
Powe made it 2-0 at 1:19 of the second with a shorthanded wrister from the center of the circle. It was his first goal since Nov. 15, a span of 35 games. Like Meszaros' goal, Lehtonen anticipated low, but was beaten with a high shot.
"It was nice to get that goal tonight," Powe said. "It was a good effort by Betts to get the puck to me. It was a nice relief, and nice for the fourth-line guys to chip in offensively. It might give a team a boost."
Morrow scored his fifth goal in six games when he deflected Mike Ribeiro's shot past Boucher's glove at 12:07. But Carter slapped a bouncing puck into the left corner of the net at 10:37 for his fifth goal in five games.
"They put good forechecking pressure," Dallas coach Marc Crawford said. "They found a way to figure out our goalie with the third goal, and when you give them a two-goal lead, you're in trouble."
Lehtonen stopped 29 shots and fell to 0-10-1 in 11 games against Philadelphia. The Pacific Division-leading Stars, who have lost three straight, limped into Philadelphia following a 6-3 defeat at Boston on Thursday in a game in which they had three fights in the first 4 seconds.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has used Boucher and rookie Sergei Bobrovsky this season, though Bobrovsky has started most of the time. It's a situation that figures to continue.
"We have confidence in both goaltenders, Laviolette said. "They've both had strong years and they both deserve a lot of credit. Both guys are playing well, and we'll continue to keep them both active."
Sabres 6, Maple Leafs 2 | HIGHLIGHTS
Just as they did on Friday in Pittsburgh, the Sabres grabbed a 2-0 lead -- but this time, they added to it and blew out the visiting Leafs. Drew Stafford scored twice, Thomas Vanek had a goal and a pair of assists and Ryan Miller stopped 23 shots in his 28th consecutive start as Buffalo beat Toronto for the seventh straight time at HSBC Arena.
The dominant victory came 24 hours after Buffalo saw a two-goal lead turn into a 3-2 loss to the Penguins.
"It was the same kind of game, but we kept 'er going and scored more goals," said Stafford, who restored the Sabres' four-goal lead with his second goal of the night. It came about five minutes after Nikolai Kulemin's shorthanded goal had made it 4-1.
"We gave up that shorty, and that kind of hurt," he said, "but the bottom line is that I think we learned our lesson."
The surging Sabres pulled within five points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Both Atlanta and Carolina have 58 points, five more than Buffalo.
"I've said it before that if we want to get into the playoffs we have to make sure that we deserve to go in and do the right things to get the wins," Vanek said. "I think in Pittsburgh we kind of just sat back and let them take the game to us."
Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad and Tim Connolly also scored for Buffalo. Francois Beauchemin had Toronto's other goal.
Leafs rookie James Reimer, who blanked Carolina on Thursday for his first NHL shutout, was lifted after allowing five goals on 30 shots through two periods.
"I had a good game the other night and got the bounces, but tonight I needed to get a couple more saves, and I didn't get the bounces," Reimer said. "It's a tough one, but those happen. Me and everybody else just has to be a little bit better."
Blue Jackets 4, Oilers 3 | HIGHLIGHTS
Kristian Huselius went from healthy scratch to hero in 24 hours. Huselius, who spent Friday night's 3-0 win at Detroit watching from the press box, scored his second goal of the night with 4 minutes remaining to give the Jackets a win over the last-place Oilers before a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena.
"Sometimes it's nice to clear your mind and you get away with it," he said. "And it helps sometimes. Most everybody wants to play. ... It doesn't really matter. It's nice to get the win, and that's the most important thing."
The Jackets trailed 3-2 before R.J. Umberger beat Nikolai Khabibulin with a snap shot from the left circle with 6:16 left for his second of the night. Umberger then fed Huselius on a 2-on-1 break, and Huselius tucked a wrist shot inside the near post.
After sliding the puck to Huselius on the winning goal, Umberger took a hard check near mid-ice.
"Those are the best hits you can take," he said. "When you set up a goal, little things like that - like taking a hit to make a play -- is going to be the difference for us. (Huselius) made another great shot there. I'm just happy for him to get back on the scoresheet and play good."
Huselius, who had scored just one goal in the past 13 games, also assisted on one of Umberger's goals.
"The last time (Huselius) played this team, he had a hat trick and I was hoping he would have that warm, fuzzy feeling against that team," Columbus coach Scott Arniel said. "He was outstanding. He held onto pucks, had patience and made plays. I'm glad the way he responded. He took control of the situation and was upset about last night and was a big difference in the hockey game."
Magnus Paajarvi had a career-best two goals for the Oilers, who blew a 2-0 lead and lost their fourth in a row. Both of his goals came on almost identical plays off assists from fellow rookie Linus Omark. Dustin Penner had Edmonton's other goal
"We handed it back to them -- we handed it right over," coach Tom Renney said. "We were a little bit sloppy. I didn't like that at all. Our power play killed us, no question about that. But we were still in the hockey game. Then we handed it back in the third period with some bad decisions."
Islanders 5, Senators 3 | HIGHLIGHTS
The Islanders made Ottawa pay the price for an unnecessary penalty by 19-year-old rookie goaltender Robin Lehner that led to the go-ahead goal as New York beat the Senators for the first time in three tries this season.
Lehner was called for elbowing Isles rookie goaltender Kevin Poulin as the team skated off the ice after the second period, giving the Islanders a 5-on-3 advantage for the first 1:56 of the third period. Rob Schremp popped in a rebound at 1:39 for his second goal of the game to break a 3-3 tie.
"Nice to capitalize, kind of a bad penalty by their goalie to take," Schremp said. "Nice to make him pay for it. It's a little childish; we used to do it in peewees when we were kind of pouting. I didn't think it was necessary."
The Isles wanted to make sure Ottawa paid a price for hitting their goaltender -- it was the first game
"If we let that 5-on-3 go there, there's no repercussion of trying to make a fool of Poulin."
Frans Nielsen's shorthanded empty-netter sealed the Isles' second win in three games this week.
Though Lehner said he merely put his shoulder into Poulin and that the Isles rookie went down too easily, coach Cory Clouston wasn't buying it.
"A young, immature mistake," Clouston said. "He let his emotions get the best of him, and it ended up being the winning goal. Our margin of error for mistakes right now is zero. We can't gift-wrap 5-on-3s like that."
The first period was a wild, sloppy 20 minutes that saw each team score three times amid some shaky goaltending.
Isles forward Matt Moulson made it 1-0 at 4:10 in by roofing a rebound of Jack Hillen's shot over starter Brian Elliott. But Poulin's giveaway behind his own net on the next shift let Mike Fisher feed Chris Neil for an easy goal just 13 seconds later.
Grabner snapped the rebound of Nielsen's shot past Elliott at 9:44 for his 16th goal, but Fisher's 14th at 12:20 made it 2-2. Alex Kovalev gave the Senators their only lead at 17:11 with a shot from the right circle that Poulin missed. That lasted only 17 seconds before Schremp knocked in the rebound of Jeremy Colliton's shot during a delayed penalty.
Poulin regrouped after allowing three goals on six shots in the first period.
"It’s been his strength. He’s a confident kid, He wants to be that guy. It’s a tough position to play,” coach Jack Capuano said.
Clouston was also very displeased with Elliott's performance in the first period.
"We need better goaltending," he said. "I don’t know how else to say it."
Kings 4, Flames 3 (SO) | HIGHLIGHTS
Justin Williams scored in the seventh round of the shootout as the Kings won in Calgary for the first time in 11 games and moved into eighth place in the West while ending the Flames' six-game winning streak.
The first four shooters scored in the shootout, but goaltenders Jonathan Quick of the Kings and Miikka Kiprusoff of the Flames combined to stop the next eight. Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester hit the post to the right of Quick to start the seventh round, and Williams gave the Kings their first win at the Scotiabank Saddledome since Dec. 21, 2005, with a wrister over Kiprusoff's right pad.
"I was thinking shot the whole way," he said. "I wasn’t going to deke and lose the puck. I, at least, had to make a shot at it. I had two earlier this year that I didn’t score on. I just had to put a smile on my face, and whatever happens, happens. I was able to make the shot.”
Williams and the Kings were very much aware that they hadn't won at Calgary in more than five years.
"I was aware of it," he said. "Coach (Terry Murray) made us aware of it. This hasn’t been a very successful barn for us."
Calgary's Brendan Morrison had three assists, extending his point streak to seven games.
"We were down three times in the game and we came back, we hit multiple posts in the shootout, we were right there," Morrison said. "We can't hang our heads, it was a pretty good effort overall."Both teams got goals from unlikely sources on their first shot of the game. Rob Scuderi beat Kiprusoff for his second of the season just 39 seconds after the opening faceoff, but Robyn Regehr tied it at 1:21 with his first of the season. Dustin Brown's power-play goal at 6:17 put the Kings back in front.
Alex Tanguay got the Flames even 41 seconds into the second period, but Williams gave L.A. its third lead at 11:02. Tanguay's second of the night, a power-play goal with 8:45 left in regulation, got the Flames a point.
"Unfortunately we have up the late lead," Williams said, "but we got the extra point.”
The victory gives the Kings 60 points, one more than Minnesota and Calgary, and two more than Chicago.
"It was a hard-fought battle. It could have gone both ways," Tanguay said. "When you go to the seventh round in the shootout, it's prtty much a coin flip."
The Kings improved to 2-0-1 after the first week of their 10-game road trip, which resumes Thursday in Pittsburgh.
"We have to make that next step," Williams said. "Today was a statement game. We won. We weren't at our best at times, but we need to keep pushing forward. Hopefully this is something big for us, to start."
Ducks 3, Avalanche 0 | HIGHLIGHTS
Corey Perry scored all three goals for Anaheim and Curtis McElhinney earned his second shutout of the season as the visiting Ducks won at Colorado.
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Coyotes 1, Wild 0 | HIGHLIGHTS
Taylor Pyatt's third-period goal was all the support Ilya Bryzgalov needed as the Coyotes blanked the Wild at Jobing.com Arena.
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