NEWARK, N.J. – Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell scored two goals apiece to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 victory over the fast-fading New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
Ville Leino had a career-high three assists, and Brian Boucher made 18 saves as the Flyers improved their NHL-best road record to 13-4-3.
Briere snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period with his 19th goal and gave the Flyers breathing room with 8:26 to go when his centring pass deflected off the skate of Devils defenceman Colin White past goalie Johan Hedberg.
Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson scored for New Jersey, which has won only twice in 16 games. The loss was the 28th in regulation this season for New Jersey, one more than the Devils had in each of the previous two seasons.
BOSTON (AP)—Cal Clutterbuck scored the go-ahead goal on a giveaway from Marc Savard in the Bruins zone, and Minnesota held on to beat Boston.
The Wild have never lost in Boston, and they are 9-2 overall against the Original Six franchise since joining the NHL in 2000.
Jose Theodore stopped 35 shots, and Martin Havlat also had a fluky goal for the Wild, converting four seconds into a power play.
Clutterbuck also assisted on Mikko Koivu’s empty-netter with 43 seconds left.
Tuukka Rask made 31 saves for the Bruins, who were 0 for 4 with a man advantage and have never scored a power-play goal against Minnesota.
Steven Kampfer scored for Boston, which returned from a five-game road trip in which it earned eight of 10 points.
MONTREAL (AP)—Benoit Pouliot scored on Montreal’s fifth shootout attempt to give the Canadiens a win over Pittsburgh, which was missing injured captain Sidney Crosby.
Carey Price, who made 31 saves through overtime, was perfect in the shootout. He denied Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis, Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu before stopping Chris Kunitz on Pittsburgh’s final attempt.
Pouliot deked Brent Johnson and let the puck slide into the right side of the net as Montreal won in its first shootout of the season. He also scored the tying goal in the second period as the Canadiens improved to 2-0-1 following a three-game losing streak.
Arron Asham scored in the first period for Pittsburgh, 1-2-1 in its last four games. Johnson made 22 saves, including stopping the only shot he faced in overtime.
Crosby, who leads the NHL with 32 goals and 66 points, missed his first game of the season because of an undisclosed upper body injury.
TORONTO (AP)—Tyler Bozak scored the shootout winner for Toronto, which bounced back from blowing a three-goal lead and beat St. Louis.
Bozak beat Ty Conklin with a wrist shot in the shootout, but that didn’t compare to the move by teammate Mikhail Grabovski, who made a 360 while cutting across the top of the crease and tucked the puck into the net. Kris Versteeg also scored in the tiebreaker for Toronto.
The Maple Leafs seemed to be in control when Phil Kessel’s second goal of the game 1:15 into the third period made it 5-2.
But the Blues clawed back with a goal by Brad Winchester that was confirmed by video review. Eric Brewer’s point shot found an opening at 7:40 to make it 5-4, and Matt D’Agostini completed the comeback at 13:21 when he was sent in alone and scored with a backhand deke.
Grabovski, Versteeg and Colby Armstrong also scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs.
Alex Steen and David Backes had the other goals for St. Louis.
DENVER (AP)—Jason LaBarbera made 34 saves for his second shutout of the season and Taylor Pyatt scored twice as Phoenix beat Colorado.
The Coyotes were without goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who missed the game because of a family medical issue.
LaBarbera filled in and clamped down on the NHL’s fourth-highest scoring team for his second shutout in three starts. He blanked the Dallas Stars on Dec. 26, turning back 30 shots.
Colorado pulled goalie Craig Anderson with just over a minute remaining, leading to Pyatt’s empty-net goal with 19.2 seconds left to seal the win in front of a sparse crowd.
The Avalanche are 0-13-2 when they score two goals or fewer this season.
EDMONTON (AP)—Dustin Penner had a short-handed goal and an assist for Edmonton, which broke a seven-game losing streak with a victory over the New York Islanders.
Gilbert Brule also scored for the Oilers (13-19-7), who have two wins in 11 games and were in the midst of their worst skid since a 13-game slide from Dec. 31 to Jan. 30 of last season.
Edmonton scored its goals in the first 5:17 on only three shots against goalie Nathan Lawson, who was pulled after the second tally. Kevin Poulin went the rest of the way and stopped all 19 shots he faced.
Blake Comeau had the lone goal for the Islanders (12-20-6), who lost for the first time in four games and fell three points behind the Oilers for 28th place in the NHL standings.
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Patric Hornqvist scored two goals, Colin Wilson had a goal and two assists, and Nashville rallied for its fourth straight victory.
Sergei Kostitsyn also had a goal and two assists, and Marek Svatos scored his first goal for the Predators, who sent Los Angeles to its season-worst fifth straight loss.
Anders Lindback made 24 saves, but gave up second-period goals to Kings rookie Kyle Clifford and Jarret Stoll.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 23 shots for the Kings.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Ryan Miller made 36 saves, and Thomas Vanek scored his team-leading 16th goal to give coach Lindy Ruff his 500th career victory as Buffalo beat San Jose.
Ruff became the 16th NHL coach with 500 wins and joined Montreal’s Toe Blake as the only ones in the club who got all their wins with one team.
Ruff reached the milestone in convincing fashion as Buffalo got goals from Luke Adam and Jochen Hecht in the first period and then stellar goaltending from Miller to sweep the two-game season series against San Jose.
The Sharks lost for the second time at home this week. San Jose has dropped four of six.