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Flyers romp past Panthers

ICE HOCKEY Flyers goalkeeper Robert Esche secured his first shutout of the season, helping Philadelphia defeat the Florida Panthers and snap a six-game losing streak

AP , SUNRISE, FLORIDA

Robert Esche made 27 saves to get his first shutout of the season, leading the Philadelphia Flyers over the Florida Panthers 4-0 in the National Hockey League (NHL) on Wednesday.

Simon Gagne, Petr Nedved, R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter scored for the Flyers.

Philadelphia snapped a six-game road losing streak, and ended Florida's three-game winning run.

Roberto Luongo had 26 saves for the Panthers before he was relieved by Jamie McLennan at the start of the third period. McLennan had seven saves.

Carter made it 4-0 when he took a pass from Umberger in the right circle and beat McLennan on the glove side at 13:21 of the third period.

Philadelphia completed a four-game season sweep of the Panthers but the previous three games were all decided by one goal in the closing seconds. Two were in overtime, one a shootout, and the other was decided with less than four seconds to play.

Red Wings 3, Mighty Ducks 1

At Detroit, Nicklas Lidstrom had three assists and Chris Osgood made 25 saves to lead the Red Wings to their fourth straight win.

Henrik Zetterberg, Mathieu Schneider and Kris Draper scored for Detroit, which has won six of seven.

Teemu Selanne scored for Anaheim, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 2

At Chicago, Kyle Calder broke a tie with a third-period goal and Nikolai Khabibulin made 33 saves to lead Chicago to a win over Columbus.

Calder deked and connected from just outside the crease at 9:55 of the third after taking a pass from Patrick Sharp, who was behind the net.

Mark Bell and Mark Cullen also scored for Chicago, which won for just the third time in 11 games.

Columbus goalie Marc Denis made 26 saves.

Red Storey, who earned a place in the Hall of Fame as an NHL referee, died on Wednesday at the age of 88, the league said.

He was the second Hall of Famer in less than a week to pass away. On Saturday, Canadiens legend Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion succumbed to stomach cancer hours before his No. 5 was retired by the team in a pregame ceremony.

A former Canadian Football League player who won two Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts in the 1930s, Storey worked as an NHL referee from 1950 to 1959.

Story, born in Barrie, Ontario, officiated at 480 regular-season games and worked seven Stanley Cup Finals from 1952 to 1958.

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