Peter Forsberg scored twice, including a spectacular goal in the third period, and Robert Esche recorded his 10th career shutout as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 in the NHL on Monday.
It was only the third win in 11 games for the Flyers, off to one of their poorest starts in franchise history. The Blackhawks have dropped five straight after winning three of four.
Esche, making only his third start, stopped 26 shots in his first win of the season. He was especially sharp in the second period when he made 15 saves.
Chicago's Brian Boucher, a first-round draft pick of the Flyers in 1995, was almost as effective in stopping 32 shots. Boucher played for the third straight game, replacing injured regular Nikolai Khabibulin.
Simon Gagne added an empty-net goal with 28 seconds left.
Maple Leafs 4, Thrashers 2
At Toronto, Darcy Tucker scored two power-play goals and Toronto won its eighth straight against Atlanta.
Tomas Kaberle and Jeff O'Neill also scored for Toronto, which won consecutive games for the first time this season.
The Thrashers lost for just the second time in regulation, and were coming off a big victory on Saturday when they snapped Buffalo's season-opening winning streak at 10. But their troubles against Toronto continued. Atlanta has been outscored 37-9 during the skid and hasn't beaten the Maple Leafs in three years.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Brad Larsen scored for Atlanta.
Capitals 4, Flames 2
At Calgary, Alberta, Richard Zednik scored his first two goals of the season, leading Washington over Calgary.
Zednik was recently demoted to Washington's fourth line, but it was that trio that connected with 4:06 left in the second period to break a 1-1 tie and give the Capitals the lead for good.
Zednik scored the eventual winner at 10:27 of the third when Alexander Ovechkin's pass sent him in on a breakaway. Jarome Iginla scored less than two minutes later to get the Flames back within a goal, but Calgary couldn't get another puck past Olaf Kolzig, who made 38 saves.
Dainius Zubrus also scored twice for Washington, including an empty-net goal with 19 seconds left. Ovechkin had two assists.
Kristian Huselius scored the other goal for Calgary.
Ducks 6, Blues 5, SO
At St. Louis, Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the shootout to lift Anaheim over St. Louis after the Ducks squandered a pair of two-goal leads.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made one save in the tiebreaker and watched St. Louis' other attempt go wide, as the Ducks tied idle Buffalo with a NHL-high 21 points.
Christan Backman gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead just 31 seconds in.
Travis Moen, Francois Beauchemin, Todd Merchant scored for Anaheim to make it 3-1.
The Blues erased that deficit on goals by Dennis Wideman and Lee Stempniak.
Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer and Dustin Penner pushed the Ducks' lead to 5-3 with power-play goals in a 43-second span in the third period.
Keith Tkachuk netted his first of the season on a power play with 5:10 remaining in the third period, and Radek Dvorak got St. Louis even 5-5 at 18:56.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
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