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PHILADELPHIA — Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds had goals and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 33 shots to help the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Saturday.


The win gave the Flyers a .500 record for the first time this season, at 11-11-1. Philadelphia has won five of its last seven games.


Marc Methot scored for the Senators, who lost in regulation for the first time since Feb. 16.


Goalie Ben Bishop had won his last four starts for Ottawa (12-7-3), posting 1.69 goals-against average during the stretch. But the Senators have had trouble scoring on the road and struggled to get quality chances against the Flyers.


The Flyers started slowly, trapped in their own zone but the Senators were unable to take advantage.


A hard hit on Senators defenseman Mike Lundin by winger Harry Zolnierczyk midway through the first period resulted in a five-minute major and game misconduct. Zolnierczyk appeared to leave his feet for the hit, which will automatically be reviewed by the league. Lundin did not return to the game.


After a scoreless first period, the Flyers made it 1-0 at 7:24 on Voracek’s team-leading ninth goal. He powered past the Senators defense to cut toward the net and beat Bishop.


Simmonds added his goal 4 minutes later, taking a pass from Brayden Schenn to beat Bishop and give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. Bishop stopped 39 of 41 shots.


Methot scored at 14:11.


Ottawa was careless in the third period, taking several penalties. Daniel Alfredsson received a five-minute major and game misconduct for crosschecking Rinaldo at 12:29 of the third period. A later penalty resulted in a 2-minute Flyers 5 on 3, but the Senators were able to keep it a one-goal game. The Flyers then killed off a late 6-on-4 power play for the Senators after they pulled Bishop to hold on for the win.


Penguins 7, Canadiens 6, OT


MONTREAL — Brandon Sutter’s second goal of the game 52 seconds into overtime lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a wild 7-6 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.


Sutter took a pass from Simon Despres on a rush, stepped around Max Pacioretty, and beat goalie Carey Price with a high shot to help Pittsburgh end a two-game skid and avoid being swept on a three-game road trip.


Matt Cooke and Chris Kunitz, both netted two goals, and Sidney Crosby also scored for Pittsburgh (14-8).


Brian Gionta had a pair of goals, and Brandon Prust, Pacioretty, David Desharnais and P.K. Subban also scored as Montreal (13-4-4) stretched its string of games without a regulation loss to 10.


The Canadiens failed to get a win for coach Michel Therrien in his first game against the Penguins since he was fired as their coach in 2009.


Sabres 4, Devils 3


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jason Pominville scored twice in regulation and added a shootout goal, and the Buffalo Sabres extended their winning streak to three games by beating the New Jersey Devils.


Tyler Ennis also scored in the shootout while Ryan Miller stopped both shootout attempts after making 28 saves in regulation.


Cody Hodgson had two assists and Jochen Hecht also scored for Buffalo, which improved to 3-2-0 since Ron Rolston took over as interim coach after Lindy Ruff was fired.


The three-game win streak is Buffalo’s longest since the team won five straight from March 19-27 last season.


Adam Henrique, Steve Bernier and Andrei Loktionov scored for the Devils. New Jersey is 1-4-2 in its past seven.


Bruins 3, Lightning 2


BOSTON — Brad Marchand scored a tiebreaking goal on the power play with 2:16 left in the third period, completing Boston’s comeback from a 2-0 deficit with a victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning that extended the Bruins’ winning streak to six straight.


Marchand 11th goal of the season came late in a double-minor high sticking penalty to Brendan Mikkelson. It was the second power-play goal of the game for the Bruins, who had not scored at home with a man advantage entering the game.


Tyler Seguin also scored on the power play for the Bruins 3:22 into the second period, pulling Boston within 2-1 after slow start. Rich Peverley tied it just 1:17 later with an even-strength goal and the score stood until Patrice Bergeron and Marchand broke free for a 2-on-1 late in the third.


Capitals 3, Jets 0


WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots and Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 on Saturday.


Matt Hendricks and Todd Brouwer, with his team-leading ninth goal of the season, also scored for Washington.


It was Holtby’s third shutout of the season.


Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec made 18 saves for the Jets, who had a three-game winning streak ended.


The last time the Jets went scoreless at home was Jan. 12, 2012, in a 2-0 loss to San Jose. The last time they were shut out was in a 3-0 loss in Montreal on Feb. 5, 2012.


Hurricanes 6, Panthers 2


RALEIGH, N.C. — Jussi Jokinen scored twice and added an assist, and Riley Nash netted his first goal as part of a three-point night in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.


Eric Staal also had two goals for the Hurricanes, Jiri Tlutsy scored his 10th in 11 games, and Alexander Semin had three assists.


Carolina moved into sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division with its first win over a division opponent. The Hurricanes had been 0-5 against Southeast foes and 10-3-1 against the rest of the Eastern Conference.


Cam Ward made 22 saves for the Hurricanes, who won their second straight at home. Carolina had lost six of seven against the Panthers.


Filip Kuba and Shawn Matthias scored for the Panthers, who have only two wins in 11 games.


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