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A shootout goal by Rene Bourque and some big stops down the stretch by Miikka Kiprusoff helped the Calgary Flames win for the first time on their five-game road trip.

A controversial penalty call that wiped out what appeared to be the winning overtime goal by the Philadelphia Flyers didn't hurt, either.

Bourque beat Sergei Bobrovsky in the third round of the penalty-shot tiebreaker after Kiprusoff had denied Danny Briere, giving the Flames a 3-2 win over the Flyers in a Black Friday matinee at the Wells Fargo Center.

Claude Giroux of the Flyers and Niklas Hagman of the Flames had traded goals earlier in the shootout, but it didn't look like the game would even get that far after Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano was called for holding the stick 2:43 into overtime and Philadelphia captain Mike Richards appeared to net the winning power-play goal 42 seconds into the man advantage.

However, the goal was immediately disallowed and Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct after he took one of his gloves off his stick and waved it in front of Kiprusoff just prior to the goal. The Rangers' Sean Avery had attempted similar theatrics to distract Devils goalie Martin Brodeur during the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, leading the NHL to deem such antics would in the future warrant a minor penalty.

"I wasn't turned around waving at him," Pronger said. "I put my hand back on my stick on the puck went in the net. It's infuriating. It should've been two points instead of one. There's no question about it. All you have to do is watch the replay. It doesn't really matter, does it? I'm not going to get into a he said, she said with the refs."

Naturally, the Flames saw it differently.

"It's the right call," Kiprusoff said. "Maybe the referee called it a little late, but he saw it. That's why he called it. I think everybody saw it. He did it before the shot, but that's the rule. If you do it, that's automatically two minutes."

The Flyers had another chance to win the game in the waning moments of overtime, but Kiprusoff, who finished with 34 saves, made a brilliant stop off Kimmo Timonen to keep the Flames alive.

Steve Staios tied the score at 2-2 with his first goal of the season 7:09 into the third period as the Flames ended a three-game losing streak. Curtis Glencross earlier scored a shorthanded goal, the 10,000th in franchise history.

"We were rewarded for our game, and maybe we haven't been rewarded on this trip so far," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "We did a pretty good job in our own zone against a team that has as much power as they have offensively. Obviously, in a 2-2 hockey game, to have a goal disallowed is a break for you, but it was the right call on the ice."

The Flyers took a pair of one-goal leads on tallies by Nikolay Zherdev and James van Riemsdyk. Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots.

Hurricanes 3, Bruins 0 | HIGHLIGHTS

Nolan Ward entered the world on Wednesday morning and almost immediately brought about some good fortune on the ice for his father.

Cam Ward stopped all 37 Boston shots he faced Friday afternoon at TD Garden for his first shutout of the season and Tuomo Ruutu recorded a goal and an assist on the power play as Carolina snapped a two-game losing streak.

"The last couple of days have been really amazing for myself," Ward said. "What a great way to start for him. I knew it was going to be his first one he would watch. I'm a very lucky young man. I'm very fortunate to have a lovely wife and (her) giving me a healthy boy."

Jeff Skinner's power-play goal with 16 seconds left in the first period turned out to be all the offense the Hurricanes would need. Ruutu connected midway through the second and Jussi Jokinen added another goal with the man advantage in the third.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas made 18 saves and lost for only the second time in regulation this season -- the other instance was also a shutout on home ice against the Senators on Nov. 13.

"I don't think we should be frustrated," Thomas said. "I think we should be disappointed. We didn't do what it took to get the win."

A holding penalty to Blake Wheeler late in the first helped Carolina break a scoreless tie. Boston penalty-killer Daniel Paille turned the puck over with the Bruins on a shorthanded, 3-on-1 break, and that allowed the Hurricanes to head back the other way with a 3-on-1 of their own. Ruutu sent a cross-ice pass to Skinner and the rookie beat a sprawling Thomas for his seventh goal of the season.

Ruutu redirected an Ian White point shot to make it 2-0 with 8:51 left in the second and two seconds left on an Andrew Ference tripping penalty. A goalie interference call on Milan Lucic in the third led to Jokinen's goal at 7:52, which he scored after Eric Staal sent him a backhand pass after falling to the ice.

"Our execution got poor and our special teams were unacceptable," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "You give them three goals on three attempts, it's not acceptable."

Ward was flawless throughout, particularly during a first period when the Bruins held a 12-6 advantage in shots.

"Cam gave us a chance, I think, early because we were slow out of the gate," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "Cam was the difference in the game. He was our best player. It's important to get a road win against a good hockey team."

Penguins 2, Senators 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby continued their respective surges as Pittsburgh held off Ottawa at Mellon Arena to win its fifth straight.

Fleury stopped 43 shots, improving to 7-0-1 in his last eight starts, and Crosby assisted on Evgeni Malkin's second-period goal to extend his points streak to 11 games, the third-longest of his career.

Alex Goligoski's power-play goal early in the third was the decisive goal as the Penguins sent the Senators to their fifth loss in six games.

"I'm still playing the same way I did. I'm just a little more relaxed," Fleury said. "Things are going well. We're winning games and the guys are helping me out. The team's playing good, they're not giving up scoring chances, and that helps a lot. We're doing all right."

Jesse Winchester got the scoring started for Ottawa with 7:49 remaining in the first period. Erik Karlsson's shot from the point was deflected in front by Jarkko Ruutu and stopped by Fleury, but Winchester cleaned up on the rebound. Still, it was the only time the Senators dented the scoreboard on 21 first-period shots as Fleury kept the Penguins in the game.

"They kept playing and made things pretty hard on us," said Fleury, who last made as many saves Dec. 23, also against Ottawa. "They threw lot of pucks from a little bit of everywhere."

Karlsson's interference penalty in the second led to the game-tying goal. Pascal Leclaire, making his third-straight start, stopped chances by Crosby and Tyler Kennedy before Malkin collected a loose puck and fired home his eighth of the season.

Goligoski made it 2-1 at 5:05 of the third as the Penguins cashed in on the back end of a double minor to Chris Kelly, who received both hooking and holding penalties. Goligoski moved in from the left point after Senators penalty-killer Mike Fisher collided with the Penguins' Mark Letestu and had his wrist shot deflect off the high post and past Leclaire on the short side.

Senators coach Cory Clouston felt a penalty should have been called on the play.

"They skated right up behind Mike and as soon as he turned, the guy picked him and they scored the winning goal," he said. "It ended up being the winning goal."

Wild 5, Predators 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

After giving up 11 goals in its past two games -- both lopsided defeats -- it was Minnesota's turn to light up the scoreboard on Friday afternoon.

Martin Havlat scored a pair of goals and added an assist, and Marek Zidlicky picked up a goal and a pair of assists as the Wild built a four-goal lead after two periods and cruised over visiting Nashville at the Xcel Energy Center.

Backup goalie Jose Theodore carried a shutout into the third and finished with 32 saves. Andrew Brunette and Nick Schultz also provided him with support by scoring goals.

"I thought we managed the puck really well and we were skating," Minnesota coach Todd Richards said. "We were rewarded for the hard work."

The Wild had lost the first two games on their homestand, 5-2 to the Rangers and 6-1 to the Flyers. The Predators aren't nearly as prolific an offensive team, however, and have managed just three goals during their current three-game losing streak. Steve Sullivan and Martin Erat connected on third-period power plays Friday.

"One of our strengths is our six D. I thought they had a real average game today," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "They buried their chances, but they shouldn't have happened as easy as they did."

It was all Minnesota early, as the Wild scored three times in a span of 5:50 during the final 10 minutes of the first period. Zidlicky, a former Predator, started the burst when he carried the puck out of the corner after pinching in from the right point, cut in front and put the rebound of his initial shot past Pekka Rinne at 12:22.

Brunette made it 2-0 at 15:57 when he fought off Nashville captain Shea Weber for two rebound attempts and fluttered a backhander past Rinne, and Havlat eluded an attempted check by Colin Wilson and slid the puck past Rinne at 18:12 to cap the surge.

"That's the Marty of old with speed like that and coming down making plays," Schultz said. "He makes a move and gets it to the net. … He's been playing well the last while. We can be a really good team when we get him going."

Rinne stopped six of nine shots in the period and was replaced by Anders Lindback to begin the second. It took just 48 seconds for Schultz to beat him on the rebound of a Havlat shot.

In between Nashville's pair of power-play strikes, Havlat scored his second of the game with 5:58 left in the third -- it was his 13th career goal and 34th point against the Predators, his highest total against any opponent.

"I feel pretty good," Havlat said. "I'm getting the opportunity to be on the ice in key situations. It doesn't matter if I score or anybody else, it's about winning the game. We won so it was a good afternoon."

Blackhawks 4, Ducks 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

Patrick Sharp and Chicago made sure Anaheim's recent woes continued.

Sharp assisted on Duncan Keith's game-tying shorthanded goal and triggered a three-goal third period by scoring the game-winner as the Blackhawks picked up a rare win at the Honda Center and extended the Ducks' losing streak to six games.

Niklas Hjalmarsson and Troy Brouwer tacked on insurance goals and Cory Crawford stopped 26 shots as Chicago continued to alternate wins and losses on a six-game road trip that concludes in Los Angeles on Saturday.

"I liked our whole game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We stayed with it, and obviously, scoring short-handed really got the momentum going in our favor."

The Ducks were 11-1-1 with one tie in their previous 14 home games against the Blackhawks dating back to the 2002-03 season, and they struck for the first goal when Dan Sexton scored on a breakaway with 3:11 left in the first period. Anaheim was on a power play when Sexton tipped in Saku Koivu's one-timer from the point.

The tide turned during another Ducks' man advantage in the second. Marian Hossa was in the box for tripping, but Sharp set up Keith in the right circle with a cross-ice pass. Jonas Hiller got a big piece of Keith's one-timer, but the puck trickled through his pads and just across the goal line as Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and the Ducks' Bobby Ryan both crashed the net, knocking it off its moorings. Keith's fifth career shorthanded goal came at the 7:40 mark.

"That's a really solid team and they've got a great power play, especially at home," Crawford said. "That's one of the things we were focused on -- not to give them too much on the power play."

Sharp took advantage of a turnover by Ducks defenseman Andy Sutton, who missed 21 games with a broken thumb before returning recently, to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead 2:55 into the third. Sutton came out from behind his own net and attempted a pass ahead to Nick Bonino, but it wound up instead on Sharp's stick and, shortly after that, in the net as he beat Hiller high to the glove side.

"He's gotten off to a really good start for us," Quenneville said of Sharp, who has 14 goals in 24 games. "He's scored some big goals, and you could say that one was one of the bigger ones we've scored this season. It was a very timely goal, a great play and a great shot. He also made a great setup on the shortie as well."

The mistake by Sutton was an unfortunate one, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

"Obviously, there's some rust involved when any player misses that amount of time," he said. "But he did make the mistake, and you don't absolve the player making the mistake. We should have had people in position to at least support the player when he makes a mistake like that. There should be another line of defense there, but our other defenseman was behind the net."

Hjalmarsson ended a 44-game goal drought at 5:57 when he scored through a screen and Brouwer chased Hiller from the net at 9:40 with a one-timer from the slot.

Rangers 3, Panthers 0 | HIGHLIGHTS

It looks like Henrik Lundqvist's slump is over. Lundqvist stopped all 40 shots he faced as the Rangers bounced back from a loss at Tampa Bay on Wednesday by shutting out Florida despite being outshot 40-19 and outplayed for much of the night.

"We need him tonight and I think he played very well," coach John Tortorella said of Lundqvist. "I think we are a tired team from the number of games and travel we've gone through. So it was certainly important the way Hank played tonight."

It was Lundqvist's third shutout of the season and the 27th of his career -- four of which have come against Florida.

"It's a big relief for me because I want to help the team get wins," said Lundqvist, whose recent struggles have seen him lost some playing time to Martin Biron. "When I am not winning or playing well it bothers me a lot. Winning and playing well makes me feel a lot better that's for sure. This was a great road win for us."

Derek Stepan scored on a first-period rebound, and Ryan Callahan and Brendan Prust added insurance goals for the Rangers. New York also killed off five Florida power plays, extending the Panthers' 0-fer with the extra man to 33.

Florida got a four-minute power play in the first period when Sean Avery accidentally cut Joe Callahan with a high stick. But not only did the Panthers not score, Avery jumped out of the box, joined a rush and took a shot that was stopped by Scott Clemmensen -- only to have Stepan ram home the rebound at 10:06 for a 1-0 lead that the Rangers carried into intermission thanks to Lundqvist's 15 saves.

"You could tell in that first period, it just didn't look like he was going to let one in," Tortorella said. "He looked that solid."

Ryan Callahan scored on a power play at 5:24 of the third. Prust put it away by scoring with a shorthanded goal with 5:35 to play.

The Panthers finished 0-3-0 on their homestand, losing to Pittsburgh, Boston and the Rangers. They visit Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

"When you come into a homestand like this, your best players have to be your best players," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "I think all three games, we had trouble scoring. Our best players didn't get on the board, and I thought all three nights we got out-goaltended. It's tough to win games when that happens."

Thrashers 3, Canadiens 0

Atlanta won its fourth in a row as Rich Peverley scored twice and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 25 shots.

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Sabres 3, Maple Leafs 1

Buffalo welcomed back Vezina Trophy winner Ryan Miller, who returned after missing two games with a groin injury by making 35 saves as the Sabres shut down the visiting Maple Leafs.

Why were the Sabres so glad to see Miller? Mostly because they are 7-6-2 in his 15 starts this season -- and 2-6-1 when backups Patrick Lalime and Jhonas Enroth are in the crease.

"Anytime you can get your starting goaltender back it's a boost," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We all know what he means to the team. When Ryan's in there we can play a more aggressive type of game."

Miller missed five games earlier in the month with a hip problem. He's 4-1-0 since returning from that injury.

"It's calmed my game down a little bit," said Miller, who improved to 23-8-0 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .931 save percentage lifetime against the Maple Leafs. "At the start of the season I was trying to do too much, and I expected myself to be perfect every night and making big saves every night. That can't happen unless you're relaxed, and maybe these little tweaks can slow me down just enough where I can make all the right plays."

Jordan Leopold, Thomas Vanek and Kaleta scored for Buffalo, which improved to 9-12-3 by snapping a two-game losing streak and beating Toronto for the 16th time in their last 19 meetings. Leopold and Vanek scored power-play goals 1:45 apart in the first period, while Kaleta had a shorthanded goal midway through the third.

Phil Kessel spoiled Miller's shutout bid with 3:27 left when he scored a shorthanded goal after a giveaway by Leopold.

"We've been having trouble beating Miller the last few years," Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle said. "He's been the key to success for them.

Stars 3, Blues 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

Dallas got third-period goals by Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro to rally for a victory against visiting St. Louis in the opener of a home-and-home series.

Benn tied the game 7:53 into the third period when he stole the puck from Erik Johnson at the Dallas blue line, skated in alone and tapped a backhander past Halak with six seconds left on a St. Louis power play. He set up winner by flipping a feed across the goal mouth to Ribeiro, who skated in from the left side and put the puck over Halak with 3:29 remaining.

"Jamie Benn did two magnificent things for us," Stars coach Marc Crawford said after his team improved to 6-0-1 in its last seven games. "The breakaway goal was as nice a goal as you're ever going to see, especially coming shorthanded when he didn't have much left. We persevered as a team, and I think we're starting to grow a little bit.

"We got some fortunate bounces, but we worked for them, too. "It was a great game to be involved in -- I saw a lot of people sacrificing their bodies, laying in front of shots."

The Blues opened the scoring when Andy McDonald finished off a 3-on-2 shorthanded rush by knocking a rebound past Kari Lehtonen at 5:07 of the first period. After Brad Richards tied it midway through the second period, McDonald put the Blues back in front at 15:40 when his seemingly innocent wrist shot from the left circle dribbled through Lehtonen's pads for a 2-1 lead.

But for the first time this season, the Blues lost in regulation after leading through 40 minutes.

"The third period came down to a couple of key plays," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "We made one decision that they got rewarded for on the breakaway. It was pretty tight after that, but we turned the puck over and didn't have the correct response -- they had an easy pass from dot-to-dot for the winning goal."

The teams reconvene on Saturday night in St. Louis for the back end of a rare home-and-home series between non-division opponents.

Material from wire services was used in this report.

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