NHL: Flyers continue mastery of Penguins – Chron.com
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers enter the All-Star break simply perfect against Pittsburgh.
Mike Knuble and Jim Vandermeer scored third-period goals to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Penguins on Thursday, their fourth win this season over their division rivals.
Evgeni Malkin scored his 27th goal for the Penguins in their first game since they learned reigning MVP Sidney Crosby will miss six to eight weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Alfredsson and Jason Spezza, who had two goals and two assists, scored 29 seconds apart during Ottawa's three-goal first period.
Wild 3, Avalanche 2Pavol Demitra had a goal and an assist, and Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots, lifting Minnesota past Colorado at Denver.
Demitra's 10th goal of the season gave the Wild a lead heading into the third period, and they made it stand up — as usual. Minnesota is 20-0 this season when taking a lead into the final period.
Sabres 2, Stars 1Derek Roy scored both goals, including the game-winner with 14:48 left on a 2-on-1 break, as Buffalo won at Dallas.
It was only the second win in 14 games for the Sabres.
Rangers 2, Thrashers 1Henrik Lundqvist was perfect through three rounds of the shootout, and Brendan Shanahan scored the only goal in the tiebreaker as New York edged Atlanta.
Before the game, the Rangers retired defenseman Brian Leetch's No. 2 and raised a banner to the Madison Square Garden rafters.
Capitals 2, Maple Leafs 1Brooks Laich and Viktor Kozlov scored, and Alex Ovechkin assisted on both goals as Washington beat visiting Toronto for its fifth win in six games.
The Capitals, who fired coach Glen Hanlon on Thanksgiving Day, head into the All-Star break only one point behind first-place Carolina in the Southeast Division.
Canadiens 4, Devils 3Chris Higgins scored a power-play goal with 5:29 remaining to cap a three-goal third period and give Montreal a victory over New Jersey at Newark, N.J.
Coyotes 4, Predators 3Zbynek Michalek scored with 29 seconds left in overtime on a 40-foot slap shot to lift Phoenix past Nashville at Glendale, Ariz.
Oilers 4, Panthers 3Jordan Stoll scored twice in the final 1:23 of regulation to force overtime and help Edmonton beat Florida in a shootout at Sunrise, Fla.
Bruins 4, Islanders 1Marc Savard and Dennis Wideman each had a goal and an assist to lift host Boston past New York.
Blue Jackets 1, Blackhawks 0Pascal Leclaire made 30 saves for his league-leading eighth shutout, and Jared Boll scored in Columbus' victory at Chicago.
Sharks 4, Blues 1Jonathan Cheechoo scored twice in the third period in San Jose's victory over visiting St. Louis.
Kings 3, Ducks 1Derek Armstrong had a goal and an assist to help host Los Angeles end a four-game losing streak against Anaheim.

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