NHL: Hat-trick by Voracek leads Flyers over Penguins; Avalanche defeat St Louis

AP, PITTSBURGH, pennsylvania

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 - Page 18

Jakub Voracek scored the go-ahead goal with 1 minute, 31 seconds remaining in the third period to cap a hat-trick and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a wild 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Voracek’s third goal came 33 seconds after Pittsburgh’s Brandon Sutter tied the game on a wraparound as the Penguins rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits in the third period.

Voracek’s first goal of the game came on the power play, giving the Flyers a 3-2 lead with 9.9 seconds left in the second period. His second, the 200th point of his NHL career, put Philadelphia ahead by two goals 18 seconds into the third period.

Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist, while Nicklas Grossman also scored for the Flyers.

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov overcame a shaky start for his eighth victory.

Evgeni Malkin and James Neal scored power-play goals, while Sutter, Tyler Kennedy and Matt Niskanen also scored for the Penguins.

Avalanche 1, Blues 0, OT

In Denver, Colorado, David Jones scored at 4:43 of overtime and Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots, leading Colorado over St Louis in front of boisterous fans that braved a winter storm.

Matt Hunwick set up the winning goal by bringing the puck into the zone and passing it over to Jones, who sent a wrist-shot over the left shoulder of Jaroslav Halak. The Avs have won seven straight over the Blues at Pepsi Center.

This was Jones’ first goal since Jan. 22.

Halak stopped 19 shots in his first appearance since coming off injured reserve earlier this month with a strained groin. He got the start with rookie Jake Allen playing the night before and Brian Elliott struggling.

Kings 3, Flames 1

In Calgary, Alberta, Trevor Lewis scored the go-ahead goal as Los Angeles swept back-to-back games with a victory over Calgary.

Lewis had gone 13 games without a point before picking up two assists on Tuesday night in the Kings’ 3-1 win over Edmonton.

T.J. Brodie scored for Calgary.