PHILADELPHIA – Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger left the game after taking a vicious stick to the face, leaving Philadelphia concerned over the health of its captain after a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Pronger and Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski sprinted for a loose puck in the circle after a rebound off Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on Monday night. Grabovski slapped at the puck, but his stick connected with Pronger’s and the blade shot straight up into the defenceman’s face.
Pronger screamed in agony and instantly clutched his face. Hunched over, he skated straight to the bench, his hands over his eyes, and went to the dressing room with 8:02 left in the first period.
Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell each scored their first two goals of the season for the Flyers.
MONTREAL (AP)—Jacob Markstrom made 40 saves and Scottie Upshall scored 5:02 into the third period to help the Florida Panthers extend Montreal’s losing streak to six.
Markstrom made his second career start and recorded his second straight win, including an 18-save relief outing in a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday.
Tomas Fleischmann scored a power-play goal in the first for Florida, which won its second in a row to improve to 5-3.
Montreal fell to 1-5-2, continuing its worst start in 70 years. It is the deepest the Canadiens have gone into a season with only one win since 1941-42, when they got off to a 1-10-1 start that included a pair of losses to the Brooklyn Americans.
WINNIPEG (AP)—Ryan Callahan scored a power-play goal and New York ended a seven-game road trip.
Callahan scored his team’s second power-play goal of the night at 8:41 of the third period.
Ruslan Fedotenko also scored with the man advantage early in the second period for the Rangers, and Dan Girardi assisted on both goals.
Nik Antropov scored for Winnipeg late in the second period.