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Rangers too tough for Flyers to handle

Brassard scores twice in second straight win

Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds (right) is checked by the Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh.Bill Kostroun/Associated Press

Derick Brassard scored twice to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

Jesper Fast, J.T. Miller, and Lee Stempniak also scored for New York, which swept the Flyers in a home-and home matchup on consecutive days.

The Rangers have also won the first three matchups of the season against Philadelphia. The teams will play once more this season, Feb. 28 in Philadelphia.

Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves for New York.

Nicklas Grossmann and Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia, which has lost four in a row. Ray Emery made 30 saves.


Islanders 3, Devils 1 — Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves for his ninth straight win and Cal Clutterbuck scored his third goal of the season as New York got back to its winning ways with a victory over visiting New Jersey.

New York (17-7), which had a five-game winning streak snapped Friday at Washington, has won 12 of 14. This is the fastest the Islanders have gotten to 17 victories.

Nikolay Kulemin scored in the first period for the Islanders, and Casey Cizikas made it 3-1 with an empty-net goal in the closing seconds as New York killed New Jersey’s 5-on-3 power play.

Blackhawks 4, Kings 1 — Brad Richards scored two goals as Chicago won in Los Angeles in a matchup of teams that both won two of the last five Stanley Cup titles.

Corey Crawford made 19 saves for the Blackhawks, who went 5-1 on their road trip.

Lightning 4, Senators 1— Alex Killorn and Ryan Callahan each had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay beat visiting Ottawa. Tampa Bay also got goals from Brenden Morrow and Nikita Kucherov. Goalie Ben Bishop improved to 14-3-2.

David Legwand scored for the Senators, who have lost 5 of 7. Ottawa right wing Bobby Ryan didn’t play due to a broken finger. He was hurt in Friday night’s 3-2 loss at Florida.


Tampa Bay went ahead, 2-1, on Killorn’s redirection in the low slot of Anton Stralman’s shot at 1:16 of the third. Killorn has five goals and 8 points during a career-best seven-game point streak.

Maple Leafs 6, Capitals 2 — Tyler Bozak scored twice and Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves to help host Toronto beat Washington.

Morgan Rielly and Cody Franson scored in the first period, sending Capitals starter Justin Peters to the bench for the second period. Braden Holtby didn’t fare much better, allowing Bozak’s goal on the first shot he faced. David Clarkson then scored to make it 4-1.

Bozak added his second of the night in the period. Peters returned for the third, allowing Joffrey Lupul’s goal.

Penguins 3, Hurricanes 2 — Christian Ehrhoff scored his first goal of the season with 4:33 remaining, helping Pittsburgh beat host Carolina.

Robert Bortuzzo’s first-period goal gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead, and the Penguins held on to avenge a 4-2 home loss to Carolina on Friday.

Ehrhoff followed his backhanded shot and put in a wide-angle forehand on the rebound to make it a two-goal edge in the third.

Sabres 4, Canadiens 3 — Bryan Flynn scored in regulation and added the shootout winner in Buffalo’s victory over visiting Montreal.

Flynn beat Dustin Tokarski with a few nifty moves before slotting home the winner on his forehand. After losing five straight, Buffalo has won five of its last six games.


Predators 2, Blue Jackets 1— Colin Wilson scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:12 to play in the third period, lifting host Nashville over Columbus. Mike Ribeiro also scored for Nashville, winners of four straight and 6 of 7.

Sharks 6, Ducks 4 — Matt Nieto scored a power-play goal with 50 seconds to play, Logan Couture scored twice, and Antti Niemi made 30 saves as host San Hose turned back Anaheim.

Blues 3, Wild 2 — Vladimir Tarasenko scored the lone shootout goal, and St. Louis rallied to beat host Minnesota. It was Tarasenko’s second post-regulation winner in two nights. He scored in overtime Friday against Edmonton.

Avalanche 5, Stars 2 — Alex Tanguay had a goal and two assists, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist each as Colorado beat Dallas in Denver. Jarome Iginla and Daniel Briere also scored for the Avalanche, who won for the fifth time in seven games. Defenseman Tyson Barrie tied a career-high with three assists.

Flames 3, Coyotes 0 — Karri Ramo stopped 26 shots and Jiri Hudler had a goal and two assists to lead visiting Calgary over slumping Arizona.