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Flyers beat Penguins for second straight day

March 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Wayne Simmonds had two power-play goals in the first period as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second consecutive day, 4-3 on Sunday.

Simmonds assisted on Brayden Schenn’s goal 2:06 into the game and then scored twice in a 6:54 span to give the Flyers a three-goal lead 14 minutes in. Surging Philadelphia, which beat its cross-state rival 4-0 at home Saturday, improved to 5-1-1 in its past seven.

Defensemen Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Jayson Megna scored for the Metropolitan Division leading Penguins, who lost two straight in regulation for the first time since dropping three in a row from Nov. 6-13.

San Jose’s Antti Niemi stopped 41 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and made Logan Couture’s first-period, short-handed goal stand up as the Sharks beat the New York Rangers 1-0 for their sixth straight win.

San Jose, which is tied with Anaheim atop the Pacific Division, is 11-2-1 in its past 14. In a 12-game stretch against Eastern Conference opponents that ends Tuesday at home versus Florida, the Sharks are 9-1-1.

Vancouver’s Nicklas Jensen scored in the first period and added the only goal in the shootout as the Canucks earned a 4-3 victory over former goalie Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers.

Eddie Lack made 26 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout for Vancouver.

Luongo faced his former team just 12 days being traded from the Canucks to the Panthers on March 4. He is 2-3 since joining the Panthers.

The Washington Capitals scored three times in the first period and held on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2.

Troy Brouwer scored two goals for Washington, which scored on three of its first five shots against James Reimer for a 3-0 lead.

Montreal’s rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski stopped 29 shots to earn his first NHL shutout in the Canadiens’ 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Brendan Gallagher and Dale Weise scored for the Canadiens, who vaulted into second place in the Atlantic Division ahead of Toronto and Tampa Bay.

Tokarski was filling in for starter Carey Price, who didn’t make the trip a day after stopping 30 shots in a 5-4 overtime win against the Senators in his first NHL start since Feb. 8.

In other games, Edmonton’s Justin Schultz scored a power-play goal at 9:01 of the third period as the Western Conference’s last-placed team earned a rare win over Carolina, 2-1.

The defending champion Chicago Blackhawks ended a two-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, the Winnipeg Jets continued their chase of the final wild-card playoff spot in the West with a dominating 7-2 victory over the Dallas Stars, and the Colorado Avalanche got 38 saves from Semyon Varlamov to top the Ottawa Senators 3-1.

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