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Sam Bennett scores four, Flames beat Panthers 6-0

FIRST IN GENERATION:The rookie, 19, became the first Calgary player to net four since 2003, and is the youngest to score a hat-trick. Florida had gone 12-0-1 since Dec. 12


Florida Panthers goalie Al Montoya, center, reacts as Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett, not pictured, scores a goal during the third period of their NHL game in Calgary, Canada, on Wednesday night.

Photo: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY

Rookie Sam Bennett had a first-period hat-trick and four goals total, while Jonas Hiller made 15 saves as the Calgary Flames beat the Panthers 6-0 on Wednesday night to give Florida their first regulation loss in 14 games.

Bennett is the first Flames player to score four goals in a game since Jarome Iginla on Feb. 23, 2003, according to the NHL.

At 19 years and six months, he is the youngest Flame to get a hat-trick.

Johnny Gaudreau and Mason Raymond also scored.

Florida had been the NHL’s hottest team, going 12-0-1 since losing in regulation to Boston on Dec. 12. Playing their fifth game in nine days, the Panthers ran out of gas and were outshot 36-15.

This was Hiller’s first appearance since Dec. 12. He entered the night with an ugly .862 save percentage.

Roberto Luongo, replaced by Al Montoya to start the second period, yielded four goals on 15 shots.


In Toronto, Rookie Joonas Korpisalo made 41 saves as last-placed Columbus snapped a four-game skid with a win over Toronto.

The 21-year-old Korpisalo entered with just one win in six starts this season and had a 3.69 goals-against average and .882 save percentage.

Boone Jenner, Alexander Wennberg and Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Blue Jackets.

Brad Boyes scored late for the Maple Leafs. Toronto have totaled just two goals while losing their past three games.

Toronto’s James Reimer stopped 19 of 21 shots.


In Anaheim, California, Shea Theodore put Anaheim ahead late in the third period with his first NHL goal, while Frederik Andersen made 24 saves as the Ducks beat Ottawa.

Andrew Cogliano, Carl Hagelin and Jacob Silfverberg also scored. This was Andersen’s first start since Jan. 1 and gave Anaheim their third win in five games.

Theodore scored on the power play, taking a pass from Ryan Getzlaf and putting a wrist shot under Craig Anderson’s right armpit.

Hagelin and Silfverberg scored soon afterward to finally give an Anaheim offense that has struggled for much of the season some breathing room.

Curtis Lazar scored for Ottawa, and Anderson turned away 34 shots.


In Philadelphia, Mark Streit and Wayne Simmonds scored third-period goals to lead Philadelphia to a comeback victory over Boston for their fourth straight win.

Jakub Voracek had a goal and two assists and Claude Giroux assisted on all three goals for Philadelphia. The Flyers won their sixth straight at home.

Loui Eriksson and Kevan Miller scored for Boston, who have just two wins in their past 10 games.

Simmonds tied it with 9:50 left and Streit scored 1 minute, 22 seconds later on a rebound that beat goalie Tuukka Rask from a sharp angle. It was Streit’s fourth goal of the season. The defenseman missed six weeks in November and last month following groin surgery.

Steve Mason made 30 saves for the Flyers, and Rask stopped 18 shots.

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