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Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell, right, fights with Boston Bruins' Johnny Boychuk, left, during the second period Saturday in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell, right, fights with Boston Bruins' Johnny Boychuk, left, during the second period Saturday in Philadelphia.
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PHILADELPHIA — Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each had two goals, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 on Saturday.


Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron also had goals for the Bruins. The defending Eastern Conference champions are 3-0-1 since losing five of eight, and trail only Pittsburgh in the conference.


Claude Giroux scored a power-play goal for the slumping Flyers, who’ve lost four in a row. They’re 2-5-2 in their last nine games, tumbling from second place in the division to eighth in the East. It’s their worst stretch since a 1-7 start that got coach Peter Laviolette fired three games into the season.


Steve Mason allowed four goals on 19 shots and was yanked for the second time in three starts since signing a contract extension last Saturday.


Blues 4, Islanders 3, SO


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals to lift the St. Louis Blues over the New York Islanders following a puzzling goal reversal call in overtime.


After T.J. Oshie tied it for the Blues with 27 seconds left in regulation, Thomas Vanek appeared to score the winner for the Islanders on the power play with 1:15 left in overtime — but the play was overturned on review at the NHL offices in Toronto.


The puck hit Vanek’s skate blade and dribbled past Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak, but a distinct kicking motion that usually negates goals wasn’t apparent.


Matt Martin had put the Islanders ahead 3-2 midway through the second period, and Vanek and Kyle Okposo also scored in the first for New York. Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice for the Blues.


Hurricanes 6, Senators 3


RALEIGH, N.C. — Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.


It was the third straight win for Carolina, which is 11-0-1 in its last 12 home games against Ottawa.


The result moved the Hurricanes, who had a 4-0 lead in the second period, a point ahead of the Senators in the Eastern Conference standings.


Nathan Gerbe added a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, while Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Tuomo Ruutu scored.


Kyle Turris scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season for Ottawa, which also got a goal from Mike Zibanejad. Clarke MacArthur and Eric Gryba each had two assists for the Senators.


Capitals 5, Canadiens 0


MONTREAL — Alex Ovechkin returned from an injury that sidelined him two games to start a four-goal second period as the Washington Capitals ended a seven-game winless run.


John Erskine, Jay Beagle and John Carlson also scored in the middle period as the Capitals, who had scored only three goals in their four previous games, dominated the first half of the game and then shut Montreal down. The Canadiens have lost four in a row and five of six.


Casey Wellman, recalled Saturday from AHL Hershey, got his first goal of the season on a feed from Ovechkin on a 2-on-1 counterattack 8:38 into the third period.


Caps goalie Braden Holtby improved his record against Montreal to 5-0-0 with four shutouts.


Sabres 5, Blue Jackets 2


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Christian Ehrhoff and Marcus Foligno scored short-handed goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a victory over Columbus, ending the Blue Jackets’ franchise-record winning streak at eight.


Ryan Miller was almost flawless in goal for the Sabres, making 38 saves — standing particularly tall on the Blue Jackets’ four fruitless power plays.


Matt Ellis, Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson also scored for the Sabres, who had lost five in a row (0-3-2). Ehrhoff added two assists, tying a career high with three points.


Derek MacKenzie had a goal and an assist and Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had at least three goals in each game during the streak.


Sergei Bobrovsky, who came in 9-0-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in his past nine starts, was pulled after giving up three goals — including both short-handed tallies.


Lightning 5, Avalanche 2


TAMPA, Fla. — Tyler Johnson scored three goals to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a victory over the Colorado Avalanche.


With the Lightning leading 3-2, Johnson doubled the advantage with 5:22 remaining and then completed his first career hat trick less than 2½ minutes later. The rookie center has 16 goals this season.


Mark Barberio and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning. Martin St. Louis extended his point streak to 10 games with an assist on Johnson’s second goal.


Johnson opened the scoring at 7:15 of the first period, Barberio made it 2-0 about 1½ minutes later and Filppula completed Tampa Bay’s three-goal period with just under 2 minutes to go.


John Mitchell and Tyson Barrie scored in the second period for Colorado.

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