AROUND THE NHL | Sunday’s games
Flyers 6, Capitals 3
Wayne Simmonds scored two goals to help lift Philadelphia past Washington. Oskar Lindblom, Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov and Jakub Voracek also had goals for Philadelphia (37-25-11, 85 points), which stayed in third place in the Metropolitan Division and moved within four points of the first-place Capitals (41-24-7, 89 points). Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 43rd goal of the season, and Chandler Stephenson and John Carlson had goals for the Capitals, whose four-game winning streak was snapped.
Golden Knights 3, Flames 0
In a game that included William Karlsson’s natural hat trick and Marc-Andre Fleury getting his 48th career shutout and 401st win, Vegas coach Gerard Gallant credited a hit by forward Ryan Reaves as the biggest play. Barely two minutes into the second period, Reaves — acquired from Pittsburgh on Feb. 23 — flattened TJ Brodie with a blast that sidelined Calgary’s defenseman the remainder of the game while sparking the Golden Knights’ recent stagnant offense. “That was the difference,” Gallant said. “That changed the game around. It was a big, clean hit. Ryan’s been here for 10, 11, 12 games with us right now and he’s doing a good job, he’s playing his role real good and that hit changed the game around for sure.” Colin Miller also scored as Vegas snapped a four-game home losing streak and improved to 25-9-2 at T Mobile Arena. Fleury, who made his 20th start in 21 games, stopped 42 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, He also moved into a tie with Chris Osgood for 12th on the NHL’s career wins list. “I thought we played well in our zone and came out as a group together and created that way as a team going down on the other side,” Fleury said. “I could see most pucks, and that makes a big difference and when there [were] rebounds, they took their guys away.”
Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3
Trevor van Riemsdyk scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Scott Darling made 26 saves for Carolina. Van Riemsdyk’s second goal of the season came on a long slap shot with 6:49 remaining to help snap Carolina’s three-game losing streak and continue the late season swoon by the Islanders, who have just one win their last 12 games. Jaccob Slavin, Lee Stempniak and Victor Rask also scored for the Hurricanes. Anders Lee scored twice and Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist for New York. John Tavares had three assists and Jaroslav Halak finished with 35 saves.
Lightning 3, Oilers 1
Nikita Kucherov helped the Tampa Bay Lightning quickly bounce back from a rare shutout loss.Kucherov scored twice to lead the Lightning past the Oilers. Tampa Bay extended its lead to four points over Boston for the top overall spot in the Eastern Conference less than 24 hours after a shutout loss at home to the Bruins. Kucherov’s fourth multi-goal game of the season extended his lead to four points in the race for the Art Ross Trophy over Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, who was held off the scoresheet.
Blues 5, Blackhawks 4, OT
Patrik Berglund scored 3:31 into overtime, and St. Louis came from behind for a big victory over lowly Chicago.Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Vince Dunn each had a goal and three assists for the Blues, who are trying to rally for a playoff wild card in the Western Conference. Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist, and Vladimir Sobotka also scored. St. Louis was trailing 4-3 with 1:22 left in regulation when Pietrangelo drove a long slap shot past a screened Jean-Francois Berube for his 15th of the season. Berglund then got the winner when his shot trickled under Berube in OT. Alex DeBrincat scored three times for last-place Chicago, which has dropped five of six, including its first loss to Buffalo since December 2009 on Saturday. David Kampf also scored, and Berube made 36 saves.