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Flyers soar to victory over Winnipeg

WILD WEST:In true Texas style, the game in Dallas between the Blackhawks and the Stars was decided on a shootout, which went the Blackhawks’ way in 11 rounds


Scott Hartnell and Sean Couturier provided the offense, while Steve Mason stopped all but one shot as the Philadelphia Flyers skated to a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday afternoon.

The Flyers (11-12-2) won their fifth straight game at home after dropping their previous two on the road at Florida and Tampa Bay.

Mason turned away 25 shots in the early matinee, including an impressive pad save on Matt Halischuk on a two-on-one Jets chance in the second. He improved to 3-0-1 in his career against the Jets (12-12-4).

Both Flyers goals came off Winnipeg turnovers.


In Boston, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron scored third-period goals to lift the Bruins. Brad Marchand also scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins, who improved to 9-2-2 in their past 13 games.

Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh scored for the Rangers, who completed a five-game road trip 3-2.

Tuukka Rask stopped 17 shots for Boston, who have not lost in regulation at home in their past 10 games (8-0-2).

Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers, who played their first game in Boston since the Bruins eliminated them in five games in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last spring.


In Dallas, Ben Smith scored in the 11th round of a wild shootout and Chicago finally beat Dallas for their fifth straight victory.

Chicago’s Patrick Sharp and Dallas’ Rich Peverley had the only goals through the first 10 rounds of the tiebreaker. Each of them scored in regulation, too.

It was the longest shootout in the National Hockey League (NHL) since Tampa Bay beat the New York Rangers in 11 rounds on Dec. 23, 2010, according to STATS. The Lightning won that game 4-3 with a 3-2 edge in the tiebreaker.

Sharp tied it 1-all at 7 minutes, 21 seconds of the third period. Peverley scored at 16:40 of the first.

Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas broke his right leg when he slid hard into the boards in the second period. He was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher and taken to hospital.

Chicago has won six straight against the Stars and five in a row at Dallas dating to Oct. 7, 2011.

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped Alex Chiasson on a penalty shot early in the second and blanked Dallas the rest of the way en route to his 100th NHL win.

Crawford and Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen combined to stop 16 consecutive shootout attempts until Smith connected.


In Tampa, Chris Kunitz scored two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 21 shots. Sidney Crosby had assists on all three goals for Pittsburgh, who extended their winning streak in the series to eight games. Pittsburgh halted Tampa Bay’s bid to tie a club record with an eighth consecutive triumph on home ice.

Kunitz opened the scoring seven minutes in, taking a pass from Crosby and lifting it past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop from the left circle. Kunitz sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:43 remaining in the game.

Brandon Sutter scored the second Pittsburgh goal on a power play midway into the third period.


In San Jose, Brent Burns got his first NHL hat-trick and the Sharks ended a five-game home losing streak.

Joe Thornton, Tomas Hertl and Tommy Wingels also scored for the Sharks, who won their fourth straight and seventh in eight.

Ian Cole scored his first goal in nearly two years as the Blues had their five-game winning streak halted. David Backes and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St Louis.

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