NHL roundup: Flyers win state bragging rights
|Pittsburgh Penguins Zbynek Michalek (top L) restrains Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell from Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik as Philadelphia's Jaromir Jagr watches in the first period of their NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania April 1, 2012. (REUTERS)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 4
PITTSBURGH - The Philadelphia Flyers seem to enjoy playing at CONSOL Energy Center. After falling behind by a pair of goals early, the Flyers responded with five consecutive goals and took a critical 6-4 victory over the Penguins on Sunday. The Flyers improved to 5-0-0 at the Pens' new home rink since the building opened in October of 2010. Claude Giroux finished with a goal and two assists, Jakub Voracek had two goals and an assist, former Penguin Max Talbot scored and added a helper, while Wayne Simmonds and Marc-Andre Bourdon also lit the lamp for Philadelphia, which bounced back from a 4-3 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Sergei Bobrovsky posted 43 stops in the win. With the victory, the Flyers pulled to within one point of the Pens for fourth place -- and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs -- in the Eastern Conference. Steve Sullivan scored twice, Chris Kunitz had a goal and an assist and James Neal added a tally for the Penguins, who have lost three of their last four. Marc-Andre Fleury was tagged for five goals on 25 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Detroit 2, Florida 1 (SO)
DETROIT - Jiri Hudler scored the deciding goal in the shootout as Detroit clipped Florida, 2-1, at Joe Louis Arena. After both sides scored in the first round, Hudler beat Scott Clemmensen with a high wrister. Mikael Samuelsson missed with a backhand, and, following Todd Bertuzzi's high chance, Kris Versteeg pushed his shot over the net to end the game. Hudler also tallied in regulation for the Red Wings, who moved alone into fourth place in the Western Conference with 99 points. Chicago moved into a fifth-place tie with idle Nashville, following a shootout loss to Minnesota. Both are one point back of Detroit. Jimmy Howard ended with 27 saves. Tomas Fleischmann recorded the lone goal for the Panthers, who moved three points ahead of idle Washington in the race for the Southeast Division. Clemmensen finished with 31 stops.
Final Score: Boston 2, NY Rangers 1
NEW YORK - Patrice Bergeron netted the game-winner in the second period, and the Boston Bruins locked up the Northeast Division with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Dennis Seidenberg also tallied for the Bruins, who avoided a season sweep at the hands of the top team in the Eastern Conference thanks to their fifth win in six games. Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots for his 34th win of the season. Marian Gaborik scored for the Rangers, who saw their four-game win streak halted in their first chance to wrap up the Atlantic Division. New York remained five points ahead of Pittsburgh, and both teams have three games remaining. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Chicago 4 (SO)
CHICAGO - Devin Setoguchi had a goal and two assists in regulation and then scored the game winner in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild over the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4, at United Center. Dany Heatley added a goal and an assist while Clayton Stoner and Kyle Brodziak also lit the lamp for the Wild, who earned their first three-game win streak since a since a seven-game run from November 28-December 10. Josh Harding stopped 31 shots in the victory. Patrick Kane scored twice, Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg netted a goal apiece and Ray Emery made 26 saves for Chicago, which is now tied with idle Nashville for the fifth seed in the Western Conference. Both clubs sit a point back of Detroit for the fourth spot.