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Flyers stay hot, move into playoff berth in East

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by NHL Public Relations @NHL / NHL.com

FLYERS CONTINUE HOT STREAK, CLIMB INTO PLAYOFF POSITION . . .

The Philadelphia Flyers erased a pair of one-goal deficits defenseman before Radko Gudas scored the go-ahead goal at 9:53 of the third period to lift Philadelphia past the Chicago Blackhawks. Philadelphia is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games and moved into a playoff position for the first time since late October.

* At 34-23-12 (80 points), the Flyers leapfrogged the idle Detroit Red Wings (34-25-11, 79 points) for the second wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and within two points of tying the idle Pittsburgh Penguins (37-24-8, 82 points) for the first wild card. Philadelphia has three games against Pittsburgh and one against Detroit in its final 13 regular-season games, including a Saturday home game against the Penguins.

* Brayden Schenn scored to establish a career high with 48 points (24-24-48 in 67 GP), one more than he had in 2014-15 (18-29-47 in 82 GP).

* The Flyers improved to 6-2-0 in eight games against the Blackhawks since the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS 
Home Team in Caps 
Montreal 3, BUFFALO 2 (OT) 
Philadelphia 3, CHICAGO 2 
EDMONTON 6, St. Louis 4 
Colorado 3, VANCOUVER 1 
CALGARY 4, Winnipeg 1 
NY Rangers 2, ANAHEIM 1 

. . . BOEDKER HELPS AVALANCHE RECLAIM FINAL SPOT IN WEST&

The Colorado Avalanche scored three unanswered goals, two by newcomer Mikkel Boedker (2-0-2), to defeat the Vancouver Canucks for their fourth win in six games.

* At 36-31-4 (76 points), the Avalanche passed the idle Minnesota Wild (32-27-11, 75 points) to move back into the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a game in hand, but Colorado owns the ROW tiebreaker (COL: 33, MIN: 31).

* Boedker had his fourth multiple-goal game of the season and first since joining the Avalanche (3-2-5 in 7 GP). He also scored his fifth game-winning goal of 2015-16 and 15th of his career, extending his single-season career high in that category.

Video: Boedker's tallies lead Avs to 3-1 win

AROUND THE RINKS 
* Kevin Klein scored both goals to help the New York Rangers win the opener of their three-game trip through California and halt the Anaheim Ducks' home point streak at 10 games (9-0-1). Klein had his first NHL multiple-goal game (555 GP) and 10th career game-winning goal, eight of which have come during the past two seasons. At 40-23-7 (87 points), the Rangers moved past the idle New York Islanders (38-21-9, 85 points) into second place in the Metropolitan Division. 

* Facing his former team, Michael Frolik (1-2-3) had his second straight three-point game (Monday vs. the St. Louis Blues: 3-0-3) to lead the Calgary Flames past the Winnipeg Jets and to a 4-1-1 record in their past six games. Mark Giordano (1-1-2), Joe Colborne (1-1-2) and Mikael Backlund (0-2-2) also tallied multiple points for the Flames, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game run from Feb. 6-11. 

* The Edmonton Oilers built a 5-2 lead through two periods and held off a late rally by the St. Louis Blues to snap an eight-game losing streak in their head-to-head series (0-7-1). Mark Letestu (2-1-3) had his second career three-point game and first since April 21, 2013 (2-1-3 vs. the San Jose Sharks while playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets). Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who recently returned from a 23-game absence, scored his first goals since Dec. 14 (18 GP). 

* Paul Byron scored at 3:15 of overtime to help the Montreal Canadiens end a four-game road losing streak (0-3-1). Byron had his fourth career game-winning goal and first in overtime (189 GP). 

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (0-1-1) had his 1,268th career point (608-660-1,268) to move past Jean Ratelle (491-776-1,267) for sole possession of 36th place in NHL history. 

* Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (1-0-1) played in his 917th career game (all w/ Montreal) to tie Serge Savard for ninth place in franchise history. 

* Canadiens defenseman Greg Pateryn, a fifth-round selection (No. 128) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal (47 GP). 

* Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin, a third-round selection (No. 66) in the 2014 draft, had an assist in his NHL debut.

* Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played in his 400th career game. 

LOOSE PUCKS

The Rangers improved to 12-0-0 in games following a regulation loss dating to Dec. 22. … Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (0-1-1), who holds a 13-point lead in the Art Ross Trophy race, reached the 90-point milestone (38-52-90 in 71 GP). … Oilers forward Connor McDavid (0-2-2) had his ninth multiple-point game of the season. … Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty had an assist to extend his point streak to six games (1-7-8). … Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa scored for the first time since Feb. 6; it was the 497th goal of his NHL career. … Brothers Freddie and Dougie Hamilton (Calgary), who were teammates in the Ontario Hockey League, played on the same team for the first time in the NHL.

Tweet from @NHL: Dougie and Freddie Hamilton, playing together in the NHL for the first time. Ain't that awesome? pic.twitter.com/44WLDbEe9w

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