Kimmo Timonen broke a third-period tie, then added a short-handed empty-netter to lead the Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Bruins on Monday in a preview of the Winter Classic.
Brian Boucher stopped 26 shots for the Flyers.
Vladimir Sobotka scored for Boston.
The longtime rivals are scheduled to meet again on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park in the annual Winter Classic outdoor game.
THRASHERS 3, RANGERS 2, SO
At New York, Johan Hedberg made 46 saves and then was perfect in two shootout rounds to lift Atlanta over the Rangers.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored on the Thrashers’ only shots in the shootout against Henrik Lundqvist. Hedberg made a pad save on Marian Gaborik in the first round, then watched the puck slide off the stick of Ales Kotalik before he could muster an attempt.
Kozlov and Colby Armstrong scored to give Atlanta a pair of one-goal leads in regulation, but Ryan Callahan and Gaborik had power-play tallies to get New York even.
PREDATORS 5, BLUE JACKETS 3
At Columbus, Steve Sullivan had three goals for the seventh time in his career, leading Nashville.
Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Jones also scored for the Predators.
Columbus, goals came from Antoine Vermette, Jakub Voracek and R.J. Umberger scored for.
RED WINGS 3, COYOTES 2
At Detroit, Jimmy Howard made 30 saves and Kris Newbury, Patrick Eaves and Derek Meech scored to lift the Red Wings.
PANTHERS 7, ISLANDERS 1
At Uniondale, New York, Nathan Horton scored three times as Florida won for just the third time in 13 games.
Michal Repik, Stephen Weiss, Kamil Kreps and Radek Dvorak added goals for the Panthers (13-14-7).
SABRES 4, CANADIENS 3
At Montreal, Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal 14:41 into the third period as Buffalo extended its winning streak to four games.
Patrick Kaleta had his second short-handed goal in two games late in the second to put the Sabres up 2-1.
Tim Kennedy’s third goal 12:33 into the third gave Buffalo a short-lived 3-2 lead.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, SENATORS 2
At Toronto, Francois Beauchemin scored six minutes into the third period to break the final tie as Toronto won its first in three meetings this season with their provincial rival.
CANUCKS 3, KINGS 1
At Vancouver, Ryan Kesler opened the scoring 64 seconds in and set up Mason Raymond’s insurance goal with 5:12 left, leading the Canucks over Los Angeles.
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
‘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
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
Neymar on Sunday claimed that he had been the victim of racism as he was one of five players sent off in a mass brawl at the end of Olympique de Marseille’s 1-0 win over Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. PSG’s Brazilian star appeared to accuse Alvaro Gonzalez of calling him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets after he was sent off in stoppage-time for slapping the Marseille defender on the back of the head. “Look at the racism. That’s why I hit him,” Neymar, who was returning from COVID-19 quarantine, said as he left the pitch. “The only regret I