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NHL: Bruins halt Flyers winning streak with solid shutout


The Anaheim Ducks’ Teemu Selanne skates during warmup before their game against the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg, Canada, on Saturday.

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The Boston Bruins scored four first-period goals and ended the Philadelphia Flyers’ seven-game winning streak with a 6-0 victory on Saturday.

Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille, Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic got Boston off to a fast start as the Bruins extended their winning streak to four games. Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots for his fourth shutout this season.

The Bruins moved level with Philadelphia atop the NHL’s Eastern Conference, with 43 points apiece. Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin added late goals to finish the scoring for Boston, who lead the NHL with 21 victories.

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 20 shots before being replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky in the second period.


In Glendale, Arizona, Brad Richards scored the winning goal with 0.1 seconds left as the New York Rangers shocked Phoenix.

Richards’ backhanded shot from the left circle slipped past goalie Mike Smith as time ran out. The game appeared to be headed to overtime, but a video replay revealed that the puck crossed the goal line just before time ran out.

Cal O’Reilly scored on a power play to give Phoenix a 2-1 lead with 51 seconds left in the second period. Martin Gaborik’s second goal of the game then tied it 2-2 just over two minutes into the third.

The Rangers ended a two-game losing streak. The Coyotes have lost four of five.


In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Zach Bogosian had a goal and two assists as the Jets were victorious in Teemu Selanne’s return to Winnipeg.

Selanne, who started his 19-year NHL career in Winnipeg, set records with 76 goals and 132 points in his rookie season in 1992-1993. It was his first game back in the city since the Jets’ return to the NHL this season.

Corey Perry scored a pair of goals for Anaheim, while Niklas Hagman added one. Selanne had two assists


In Montreal, Patrik Elias scored twice, including his team-record 348th goal, as New Jersey ruined Randy Cunneyworth’s NHL coaching debut by beating the Canadiens.

Elias tied John MacLean’s team record on a power play 5 minutes, 5 seconds into the second. He broke the mark with his second tally of the game — and 13th of the season — to give New Jersey a one-goal lead 1 minute, 31 seconds into the third.

Petr Sykora, David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus also scored for the Devils, who have won four straight.

In other NHL play, it was:

‧ Penguins 8, Sabres 3

‧ Red Wings 8, Kings 2

‧ Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2

‧ Islanders 2, Wild 1, SO

‧ Predators 2, Blues 1, SO

‧ Canucks 5, Maple Leafs 3

‧ Avalanche 2, Capitals 1

‧ Sharks 3, Oilers 2

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