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Moore scores tiebreaking goal, Tampa tips Bruins

The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — Dominic Moore scored a tiebreaking goal with 3:45 remaining in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Moore stopped an 11-game goal drought and put Tampa Bay up 4-3 when he beat Tim Thomas with a shot from the top of the left circle.

Steven Stamkos added his league-leading 31st goal of the season into an empty net during the final minute of play.

Vincent Lecavalier, Tom Pyatt and Ryan Malone had the other Tampa Bay goals.

Nathan Horton had two goals, and Daniel Paille added a short-handed goal for the Northeast Division-leading Bruins, who were coming off a 3-2 shootout win at Florida on Monday night. Horton has 24 goals and 44 points in 44 games against Tampa Bay.

After Malone scored off a turnover 4:58 into the third, Paille got the Bruins even at 3 on a backhand during his short-handed breakaway at 10:53.

Paille has two of Boston’s six short-handed goals this season. Tampa Bay has given up seven goals to its opponents while on the power play.

Tampa Bay went up 2-1 when Thomas was unable to cover the puck after a diving attempt and Pyatt chipped home a backhand from just outside the crease with 5:49 left in the second.

Thomas is 2-4 in his past six games.

Horton pulled Boston even at 2 just 2:37 after Pyatt’s goal. He had tied it at 1-all on an in-close rebound earlier in the second at 4:28 after Mathieu Garon stopped the right wing’s initial shot.

David Krejci, who had his 11-game point streak end (five goals, 16 points) Monday night, assisted on Horton’s second goal of the game.

Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 1-0 with a backhand from the slot at 7:11 of the first. The center also hit the post from the right circle during a power play late in the period.

Notes: Tampa Bay RW Martin St. Louis has gone 12 games without scoring a goal, but has 14 assists, including one Tuesday, over the stretch. … Boston LW Brad Marchand served the final game of a five-game suspension for a hit on Vancouver’s Sami Salo on Jan. 7. … Lecavalier has 20 goals and 48 points in 47 games against Boston. … Bruins C Rich Peverley missed his second straight game tending to a personal matter. … Tampa Bay D Marc-Andre Bergeron (back) sat out for the third consecutive game.

Flyers 5, Wild 1

PHILADELPHIA — Sean Couturier had a short-handed goal to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Tuesday night.

Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell, Braydon Coburn and Jakub Voracek also had goals and Jaromir Jagr had two assists for the Flyers, who got points from 11 different players.

Darroll Powe scored against his former team for Minnesota’s goal.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves to earn the win, a day after coach Peter Laviolette reiterated he’s the No. 1 goaltender.

Bryzgalov is having the worst season of his nine-year career while backup Sergei Bobrovsky has far better stats.

But Bryzgalov signed a $51 million, nine-year contract in the offseason and will be given every opportunity to prove his worth heading into the playoffs.

The Flyers are 5-2 since losing the Winter Classic to the New York Rangers.

The Wild are 1-5-1 in their past seven games and 2-10-4 since winning seven in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 10.

Timonen gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal less than three minutes in. Timonen’s slap shot from just inside the blue line sailed past goaltender Josh Harding, who was screened by a teammate jostling with Wayne Simmonds in front of the net.

It stayed that way until midway through the second period when the teams scored three goals in a span of 2:20.

Couturier got things started for Philadelphia on a give-and-go with Matt Read during a two-on-one break. He nearly whiffed on his shot, but got enough of the puck for it to trickle into an open net.

Powe cut it to 2-1 just 71 seconds later when his slap shot from outside the left faceoff circle hit defenseman Andrej Meszaros’ stick and skipped over Bryzgalov’s glove.

But the Flyers answered 69 seconds later. Coburn’s wrister from the blue line hit defenseman Nick Schultz and went in for a 3-1 lead.

Hartnell scored on a deflection to make it 4-1 a few minutes later. Hartnell has a team-high 20 goals.

Voracek extended the lead to 5-1 in the third.

Rangers 3, Predators 0

NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and the New York Rangers stayed atop the NHL standings with a 3-0 victory over Nashville that stopped the Predators’ winning streak at five games on Tuesday night.

The Predators, who beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Monday, have won eight of 10. The Rangers had lost two of three entering Tuesday’s game following a five-game winning streak, and still haven’t quite broken out of a scoring slump. New York has averaged about two goals in 12 games since Christmas.

John Mitchell scored midway through the second period and defenseman Dan Girardi had a goal in the first when what appeared to be a pass went off Nashville defenseman Jack Hillen and fluttered in behind backup goalie Anders Lindback, who was moving left to right across the crease.

Ryan Callahan was awarded a goal when he dived to try to knock the puck into the empty net in the final minute, and Martin Erat dived on top of him.

New York leads the NHL with 62 points.

Fans chanted “Hen-rik!” several times, none louder than just before the final minute, when Nashville had to take its timeout. Lundqvist didn’t need to make another stop to finish off his 39th NHL shutout.

Mitchell has been getting more ice time lately. He also scored New York’s goal in a 4-1 loss in Montreal on Sunday.

On Tuesday, he skated into the corner, drew defenseman Francis Bouillon with him, hit the brakes, popped back out, and was alone to fire a shot past Lindback’s short side at 10:42 of the second. Lindback, the backup to Pekka Rinne, made 25 saves.

That came shortly after several minutes of end-to-end hockey. Immediately after the goal, Nashville turned up the pressure, and Lundqvist made three quick saves during a chaotic couple of minutes.

The Rangers missed an opportunity to add on when Martin Erat was sent off for running into Lundqvist near the end of the period. Just 17 seconds into the power play, Marian Gaborik was given four minutes for high-sticking.

NOTES: Nashville has been perfect on the penalty kill in 10 of 12 games. … Rangers F Carl Hagelin was stuffed three times by Lindback in the first period. The last one, just before the period ended, came when the rookie couldn’t get much on a pass and floated the puck harmlessly on net. … Nashville lost in regulation at the Rangers for the third time in nine games. … It was Mitchell’s fourth goal of the season. He was recalled from Connecticut of the AHL on Nov. 24. … The Rangers have scored first in 23 games.

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