trick lifts Flyers over Canadiens 7-3
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MONTREAL (AP) — Scott Hartnell scored three goals and the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists, and Wayne Simmonds and Erik Gustafsson also scored for the Flyers (18-21-3), who matched their season high for goals as they try to make a late push for a playoff spot.
Philadelphia is in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, four places and seven points behind the New York Rangers and the postseason cutoff. The Flyers have six games remaining, starting with a home matchup with the Rangers on Tuesday.
Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens (26-10-5), who were coming off a 5-1 loss in Toronto. They have had two lopsided losses since clinching a playoff spot on Thursday.
Reimer SO sends Devils to 10th straight loss
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TORONTO (AP) — James Reimer made 31 saves, and Phil Kessel snapped a scoreless tie late in the third period to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night, despite recording only 12 shots.
Kessel broke the deadlock at 13:28 of the third, and Jay McClement scored into an empty net with 36.6 seconds remaining to back the stellar goaltending of Reimer, who earned his third shutout of the season.
Toronto (24-14-5), aiming for its first postseason berth since 2004, is 9-1-4 in its past 14 games.
The Devils (15-17-10) lost for the 10th straight time (0-6-4) and were blanked for a second consecutive game, following their 2-0 home defeat to Ottawa on Friday. New Jersey, the defending Eastern Conference champion, are in 11th place — six points below the postseason cutoff with only six games left.
Blackhawks 5, Stars 2. With AP Photos.
By MATT CARLSON
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Andrew Shaw, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marian Hossa scored in the third period after Dallas rallied to tie it, and the Blackhawks went on to beat the Stars on Monday night for their sixth straight win.
Jonathan Toews netted his team-leading 21st goal, and Viktor Stalberg also scored for NHL-leading Chicago, which has points in nine consecutive games (8-0-1). Ray Emery made 16 saves and improved to 16-1.
Jamie Benn scored both goals for the Stars, whose five-game winning streak ended. They got even after falling behind 2-0. Richard Bachman made 23 saves in his third straight start in place of No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen, who is out because of a lower body injury.
Bachman has been in goal since relieving Lehtonen in the first period of the Stars’ 5-1 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Kesler, Luongo combine to send Canucks to 5-2 win
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Kesler scored two goals and Roberto Luongo made 36 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday.
Derek Roy, Jason Garrison, and Alex Burrows also scored for Vancouver, which has won five of its past six.
Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Jannik Hansen each had a pair of assists.
Nick Spaling and Bobby Butler scored for the Predators, who have lost a franchise-high seven consecutive games. They have won just once in their past 11 games.
Monday’s loss eliminated the Predators from postseason contention. Nashville had qualified for the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons.
Prior to the singing of the national anthems, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the victims of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.