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Flyers must turn on afterburners to defeat Penguins


Jeff Carter and Michael Handzus scored in opening minutes of the third period and the Philadelphia Flyers made a late lead hold up this time, beating Pittsburgh 6-3 on Saturday night in a feisty rematch of the Penguins' overtime victory four nights before.

Simon Gagne scored his NHL-leading 19th and 20th goals of the season as Philadelphia improved to a league-best 10-1-1 on the road after dropping its previous three games, including successive home overtime losses to the Penguins on Wednesday and Atlanta on Friday. Gagne also assisted on Mike Knuble's empty-net goal.

Mike Richards also scored for the Flyers. Sidney Crosby scored his 10th goal for Pittsburgh, and Erik Christensen and Ziggy Palffy added goals.

Blues 3, Red Wings 2

At Detroit, Mike Sillinger and Doug Weight scored in the third period to lead St. Louis.

Jamal Mayers also scored to help the Blues win their second straight after losing 11 in a row. Curtis Sanford made 33 saves in the victory, St. Louis' first over Detroit in nine games (0-7-1) since Oct. 29, 2003.

Mikael Samuelsson and Brendan Shanahan scored for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight.

Maple Leafs 5, Thrashers 1

At Toronto, Alexei Ponikarovsky scored twice and had an assist to help the Maple Leafs beat Atlanta for their season-high fourth straight victory.

Bryan McCabe added a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs, who also beat Atlanta 9-1 in a fight-filled rout on Oct. 14.

Alexander Steen and Nik Antropov also scored for Toronto, and Ed Belfour made 31 saves. Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 14th goal for the Thrashers.

Senators 5, Devils 4

At Ottawa, Mike Fisher scored twice and backup goalie Ray Emery made 25 saves for the Senators.

Chris Neil, Jason Spezza and Brian McGrattan also scored.

John Madden, Grant Marshall, Barry Tallackson and Brian Gionta also scored for the Devils.

Sabres 3, Bruins 2

At Boston, Henrik Tallinder scored with 4:21 left for Buffalo, firing a shot from the point that beat goalie Andrew Raycroft inside the left post.

With the victory, Buffalo won its season-high third straight game and sent the Bruins to their fifth consecutive loss.

Daniel Briere and Ales Kotalik also scored for Buffalo, and Mika Noronen made 20 saves in his first start of the season. Joe Thornton and P.J. Axelsson scored for Boston, 1-8-1 in Northeast Division games.

Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3

At New York, Michael Nylander had a goal and three assists to help the Rangers beat Carolina to split a home-and-home series.

Martin Straka, Petr Prucha and Michal Rozsival also scored and Jaromir Jagr had three assists New York, coming off a 5-1 road loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Eric Staal, Niklas Nordgren and Justin Williams scored for Carolina.

Capitals 5, Canadiens 1

At Montreal, Brian Sutherby scored twice and Olaf Kolzig made 43 saves, leading Washington past Montreal.

Sutherby, Brian Willsie, Brooks Laich and Chris Clark also scored for the Capitals. Michael Ryder scored his team-leading ninth goal for Montreal.

Blackhawks 4, Oilers 3

In Alberta, Edmonton native Rene Bourque scored twice and backup goalie Craig Anderson made 33 saves to help Chicago complete a two-game Alberta sweep.

Mark Bell and Martin Lapointe also scored for Chicago, which ended Calgary's eight-game winning streak Friday night with a 5-2 victory.

The surging Blackhawks squad have won five of six on their road trip.

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