NHL roundup: Flyers take down Red Wings 0
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Detroit 2
PHILADELPHIA - Maxime Talbot's short-handed goal in the second period proved to be the difference, as the Flyers took down the Red Wings, 3-2, on a night that saw Philadelphia retire former defenseman Mark Howe's No. 2 sweater. Howe was honored before Tuesday night's contest in a pre-game ceremony. Howe, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this past November, played 10 seasons with the Flyers and helped them reach two Stanley Cup Finals in 1985 and 1987. He is currently the director of pro scouting for the Red Wings. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which has won three in a row for the first time since a seven-game surge from December 2-15. Jakub Voracek also lit the lamp. Ilya Bryzgalov made 37 saves for the Flyers, who sit in fifth in the Eastern Conference with 81 points. The news was not all good for Philadelphia, which lost Voracek and Jaromir Jagr to injures in the second period. Jagr left with a lower-body injury, while Voracek took a hard hit from Niklas Kronwall. Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen scored for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight and five of seven. Joey MacDonald made 20 saves. Detroit played without No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard, Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Todd Bertuzzi.
Final Score: Carolina 4, Washington 3 (OT)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Justin Faulk got behind the defense in overtime and scored on a one-timer, lifting the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. The Capitals snapped their two- game scoreless drought, but not a two-game losing streak despite a tying goal from Brooks Laich with under three minutes left in regulation. In overtime, Brandon Sutter picked up a loose puck along the right boards in the Washington zone and skated up ice, finding Faulk in front of two defenders in the slot for the winner at the 3:38 mark. Jiri Tlusty, Chad LaRose and Sutter also scored for the Hurricanes, who won their third game in a row over the Capitals and improved to 2-1-3 in their last six overall. Cam Ward made 46 saves, including three in overtime. Troy Brouwer's goal 13:59 into the first period gave Washington a 1-0 lead and snapped long scoreless droughts for the Capitals, who were shut out in their two previous games coming in. They had also lost two straight to Carolina, both by shutouts.
Final Score: New Jersey 4, NY Rangers 1
NEWARK - David Clarkson scored the game-winner early in the third period and the New Jersey Devils took a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers in an Atlantic Division battle. Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias had a goal and an assist each while Ryan Carter also scored for the Devils, who had dropped five of six coming into the game. Martin Brodeur stopped 25 shots in the win. Derek Stepan scored the lone goal of the game for the Rangers, who had won four of five coming in. Henrik Lundqvist gave up three goals on 28 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Columbus 3, Phoenix 2
COLUMBUS - Jack Johnson scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket and added an assist as Columbus edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena. R.J. Umberger and Derek MacKenzie scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three consecutive games for the first time this year. Steve Mason was spectacular in net, stopping 38-of-40 shots in the victory. Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle scored for the Coyotes, who have dropped four straight contests. Mike Smith got the start in net for Phoenix and was pulled after giving up two goals on just seven shots. Jason LaBarbera stopped 24-of-25 in relief.
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Chicago 1
St. LOUIS - Andy McDonald scored a pair of goals and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-1, to take over sole possession of first place in the Central Division. The Blues entered Tuesday's action tied with Detroit for the top spot in the division. With the Red Wings falling to the Flyers on Tuesday, St. Louis stands alone in first with 91 points. Vladimir Sobotka, T.J. Oshie and Jason Arnott also lit the lamp for the Blues, who have won two in a row and six of seven. Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves. Andrew Brunette scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Ray Emery stopped 26-of-31 shots for Chicago, which sits sixth in the Western Conference with 79 points.
Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Nashville 4
NASHVILLE - Matt Greene and Trevor Lewis scored in the third period for a two-goal lead and the Los Angeles Kings held on for a 5-4 win Tuesday over the Nashville Predators. Justin Williams scored twice for the Kings, Drew Doughty had one goal and Willie Mitchell added two assists. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves to out-duel Nashville's Pekka Rinne, who was pulled in the third period after giving up five goals on 24 shots. Patric Hornqvist scored his second goal with 5:18 left to get the Predators within 5-4, but they couldn't find the equalizer. The other goals came from Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn.
Final Score: Colorado 7, Minnesota 1
DENVER - Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots and seven different Colorado players scored to help the Avalanche take a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Jan Hejda, Jamie McGinn, Paul Stastny and Cody McLeod each posted a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won two straight and six of eight. However, it wasn't all good news for Colorado as center Matt Duchene left the game in the third period with a right ankle injury and he will be evaluated on Wednesday. Devin Setoguchi's penalty shot goal was the only score for the Wild, who have dropped their past five games. Matt Hackett started the game in net, but was pulled in the second after allowing four goals on 21 shots. Josh Harding finished the game between the pipes and was tagged for three goals on 18 shot