David Krejci and Dennis Wideman scored 25 seconds apart in the third period to lift the NHL-leading Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
Michael Ryder also scored for the Bruins, while Tim Thomas made 25 saves, including several tough ones. Thomas leads the league in save percentage.
Scott Hartnell had the lone goal for the flu-ridden Flyers.
Philadelphia captain Mike Richards, defenseman Braydon Coburn and forward Scottie Upshall each sat out because of the virus.
The Flyers have lost five of eight games to drop to sixth in the Eastern Conference after a brief stay atop the Atlantic Division.
WILD 3, DUCKS 0
In St Paul, Minnesota, Andrew Brunette and Mikko Koivu scored goals, while All-Star goalie Niklas Backstrom had his sixth shutout of the season as Minnesota blanked Anaheim.
Backstrom made 34 saves, several requiring quick reactions from close in. Anaheim’s Chris Kunitz had a short-handed breakaway midway through the period, but Backstrom denied him with his left pad. The Ducks went 0-for-5 on the power play.
The Wild picked up an important two points, without letting their opponents get one, in the crazy-competitive Western Conference play-off race. Anaheim are in fifth place with 57 points, while Minnesota moved into a sixth-place tie with Dallas on 55 points.
RED WINGS 5, COYOTES 4
In Detroit, Michigan, Niklas Lidstrom scored a power-play goal with 39 seconds left to give Detroit a win over Phoenix.
Lidstrom’s shot from the point went in off Coyotes defenseman Ken Klee’s stick.
Marian Hossa scored two goals for the second consecutive game, while Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson also scored for Detroit.
Ed Jovanovski and Joakim Lindstrom each had a goal and an assist, while Todd Fedoruk and Joel Perrault also scored for Phoenix, who lost their fifth straight.
Other NHL results on Wednesday:
• Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 0
• Penguins 4, Lightning 3, OT