PHILADELPHIA – Joe Pavelski had a hat trick to move into a tie for second in the NHL in goals and the San Jose Sharks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 Thursday night in the first game for both teams following the Olympic break.
Raffi Torres and Logan Couture each scored twice in their return to the San Jose lineup following injuries.
Pavelski, one of four Sharks Olympians, scored all three of his goals in a dominating second period when San Jose outscored the Flyers 5-0.
Torres, who was making his 2013-14 debut after injuring his knee in the preseason, capped the second-period barrage with his second tally of the game with 2.2 seconds left. Couture, who missed the previous 16 games due to hand surgery, netted his 15th goal of the season in the period.
Andrej Meszaros had a highlight-reel tally and Matt Read and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Flyers, who had won four straight prior to taking a 19-day break for the Olympics.
RED WINGS 6, SENATORS 1
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP)—Johan Franzen scored three goals to lead Detroit past Ottawa.
Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar also scored, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 37 shots for the Red Wings (28-20-12), who have a five-point lead over the Senators (26-23-11) for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators, who were playing their first game since the Olympic break. Robin Lehner allowed six goals on 15 shots before Andrew Hammond made his NHL debut, stopping all nine shots he faced.
KINGS 2, FLAMES 0
CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as Los Angeles made it back-to-back wins with a victory over Calgary.
On a night when Calgary honoured Canadian Olympians in a pregame ceremony, a pair of Team USA players were the big stars.
Quick was steady all night in earning his third shutout of the season and 29th of his career. He was especially sharp through the opening 40 minutes as Calgary built a 23-13 edge in shots, but trailed 1-0.
After scoring the first goal three minutes into the game, Brown helped the Kings get an important insurance goal, setting up Dwight King in front of the net 3:30 into the third period.
RANGERS 2, BLACKHAWKS 1
NEW YORK (AP)—Cam Talbot, subbing for resting Olympian Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 31 shots, and Derick Brassard and Rick Nash scored as New York returned from the Sochi break with a victory over Chicago.
Talbot got the nod after Lundqvist received extended work in Sweden’s run to the gold medal game in the Olympics. Talbot made the most of his opportunity, getting his 11th career win in 18 NHL games—all this season.
He was 11.6 seconds away from a shutout, but Peter Regin scored after goalie Corey Crawford was pulled. Patrick Kane nearly tied it seconds later, but Talbot stopped him with his pad.
New York has won six of seven. Lundqvist is expected to play Saturday in Philadelphia when the Rangers start a back-to-back set.
CANADIENS 6, PENGUINS 5, SO
PITTSBURGH (AP)—David Desharnais scored the lone goal in the shootout, leading Montreal to victory over Pittsburgh.
Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj, in his second straight start for injured starter Carey Price, stopped Penguins shooters James Neal and Sidney Crosby before denying Evgeni Malkin’s slap shot for the win.
Desharnais, the third shooter for Montreal, slammed on the brakes at the top of the crease before sliding the puck by Marc-Andre Fleury.
Daniel Briere scored twice, once on the power play, and Max Pacioretty also scored with the man advantage, his 27th of the year. Brendan Gallagher netted his 15th for the Canadiens and Alexei Emelin also scored his second of the season.
Crosby, who leads the NHL with 80 points, scored his 29th and added an assist. James Neal, Deryk Engelland, Olli Maatta and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins.
JETS 3, COYOTES 2, SO
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP)—Olli Jokinen scored the shootout winner and Winnipeg edged Phoenix.
Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler scored in regulation for the Jets, who continued their winning ways under new head coach Paul Maurice. The Jets are 10-3-1 since Maurice replaced the fired Claude Noel.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Martin Hanzal scored for Phoenix in the first game for both teams after a 19-day Olympic break.
Jets forward Devin Setoguchi also beat Mike Smith in the shootout and Antoine Vermette was the only Coyotes player to get one past Ondrej Pavelec in four rounds of penalty shots.
Winnipeg pulled within one point of the Coyotes as both teams chase a wild-card playoff spot, although Phoenix has two games in hand.
ISLANDERS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4, OT
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Lubomir Visnovsky scored 1:55 into overtime and New York outlasted Toronto in a wild game.
Visnovsky’s winner came after Anders Lee scored two tying goals for the Islanders in a see-saw third period in which the teams combined for five goals in a nine-minute span. Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for New York, which improved to 5-1-2 in their last eight games against Toronto.
Joffrey Lupul put Toronto ahead 4-3 with just over six minutes left in the third before Lee knotted the score at 17:20 with his second of the game. Lupul’s 18th of the season at 13:54 came just over a minute after Lee tied it at 3 with his first of the season.
Lee’s power-play goal came after Dion Phaneuf had put Toronto ahead 3-2 at 11:26.
Paul Ranger and Phil Kessel also scored for Toronto and Michael Grabner had two short-handed goals for the Islanders 48 seconds apart in the first period.
CAPITALS 5, PANTHERS 4
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Alex Ovechkin scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and had two assists, and Troy Brouwer had two power-play goals to lift Washington past Florida.
Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich also tallied for the Capitals and Braden Holtby made 30 saves.
Brad Boyes scored twice for Florida, and Drew Shore and Tomas Fleischmann also had goals. Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots.
Ovechkin broke a 4-all tie in the third period when he took a pass from Laich on the right side and sent a one-timer past Thomas at 15:43 for his 41st goal.
The Capitals beat the Panthers for the ninth time in 10 meetings. Florida lost for the sixth time in seven games.
STARS 4, HURRICANES 1
DALLAS (AP)—Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists to lead Dallas over Carolina.
Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves for the Stars, who also got goals from Tyler Seguin, Brenden Dillon and Cody Eakin. The victory put Dallas (28-21-10) in eighth place, the final playoff spot, in the Western Conference.
Seguin scored 3:18 into the game, and Dillon gave Dallas a 2-0 lead with a short-handed goal at 6:13. Benn, who played for Canada’s gold medal-winning team, assisted on both and then scored an unassisted, short-handed goal at 18:35 of the second.
Eric Staal scored for Carolina at 2:42 of the third period. Eakin had an empty-net goal in the final minute.
WILD 3, OILERS 0
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves to earn his second career shutout and Minnesota returned from the Olympic break with a victory over Edmonton.
Mikael Granlund, Stephane Veilleux and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who won their third game in a row.
The Oilers have lost two in a row after winning five of their previous six.
It was the fifth time this season that the Oilers have been shutout at home and eighth time this season they have failed to score in a game.
The game started with Oilers forward Matt Hendricks checking Wild defenceman Nate Prosser into the boards in the first minute. Prosser was helped to the dressing room and did not return until the second period.
DEVILS 5, BLUE JACKETS 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Adam Henrique scored twice, Jaromir Jagr netted the 699th goal of his career and New Jersey had a rare goal-scoring binge in defeating Columbus.
Ryane Clowe also scored and the special teams tallied twice on the power play and once short-handed.
Patrik Elias added a goal and two assists and Cory Schneider made 17 saves as New Jersey salvaged the final game of its four-game season series with Columbus (1-2-1).
Artem Anisimov scored for the Blue Jackets and set up one by Marian Gaborik.
PREDATORS 3, LIGHTNING 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal at 13:56 of the third period to send Nashville to the victory over Tampa Bay.
Matt Cullen and Roman Josi also scored power-play goals to help Nashville snap a three-game losing streak.
The three man-advantage goals were a season high for the Predators.
Martin St. Louis had both goals for the Lightning, losers of three of their last four.