May 27, 2018
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Flyers’ Mason shuts down Bruins

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

PHILADELPHIA — Matt Read and Oliver Lauridsen scored goals seven seconds apart in the second period to help the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Scott Hartnell, Jakub Voracek and Simon Gagne also had goals for Philadelphia, which isn’t going to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Wade Redden and David Krejci had goals for playoff-bound Boston. The Bruins are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Flyers goaltender Steve Mason had 39 saves.

Read put Philadelphia up 2-1 on his 11th goal. Anton Khudobin made a kick save on a shot by Wayne Simmonds, but Read controlled the puck in mid-air, backhanded a pass to himself and swatted a forehanded shot into the net.

Lauridsen then got a lucky break to score his first NHL goal. Lauridsen dumped the puck behind the net and Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara gathered it along the boards. But when Chara flipped it toward the net, Khudobin didn’t see it and the puck trickled between his legs.

Khudobin slammed his stick across the post and was pulled for Tuukka Rask afterward.

Voracek scored a pretty breakaway goal to make it 4-1 in the third. He went forehand to backhand to net his 21st.

The teams then traded goals in a span of 13 seconds.

After Krejci put a wrister in, Gagne answered for the Flyers.

Hartnell gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead just 1:40 into the game when he lifted a shot over Khudobin for his eighth goal. Hartnell led Philadelphia with 37 tallies last year.

Redden tied it three minutes later when he wristed a shot past Mason following a pass from 40-year-old Jaromir Jagr, who has 35 points. Redden had two goals in the first three games this year and didn’t score again until this one.

Notes: Jagr returned to the NHL with the Flyers last season after three years playing in Russia. He had 19 goals and 54 points and was hoping to remain in Philadelphia, but signed a $4.5 million contract with Dallas. He was traded to the Bruins on April 2. … Kimmo Timonen became the latest Flyers defenseman to go down with an injury. Of the six blue liners in the lineup for the season opener, only two remain healthy. … Redden’s goal was his first in 22 games.

Devils 3, Canadiens 2: Already eliminated from NHL playoff contention, the New Jersey Devils played the role of spoiler, turning to veteran standouts and long-time teammates Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias to do so.

Brodeur made 19 saves in goal for his 669th career victory and Elias scored the 375th goal of his career, leading the Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.

The Devils, who went to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, were eliminated after losing to the New York Rangers on Sunday. But they came out inspired against the Canadiens, winning for the third time in the last four games _ on the heels of a 10-game losing streak that knocked the Devils out of the NHL Playoffs for only the third time in the last 20 seasons.

The Devils improved to 18-18-10 overall with the win. The loss, the fifth in the last six games for the reeling Canadiens, dropped their record to 27-14-5 and two points behind Boston for first place in the Northeast Division standings.

Steve Sullivan, who is in his second stint with the Devils some 16 years after first playing for the club, had a goal and an assist. Marek Zidlicky had two assists.

The Devils drew first blood on a power-play opportunity, when Canadiens forward Rene Bourque was whistled for interference. Just 17 seconds after Bourque went off, the Devils made their first rush, with Marek Zidlicky moving the puck forward, passing to Travis Zajac, who pushed it ahead for Elias, who scored his 14th goal of the season and the 375th of his stellar NHL career, all with New Jersey. The goal coming at 13:23 gave the Devils a 1-0 lead.

They pushed the lead to 2-0 when Jacob Josefson, just recently recalled from Albany of the AHL, scored his first goal of the season off a mad scramble in front. Dainius Zubrus and Steve Sullivan were credited with assists, as Josefson stayed with the play and pushed it past Montreal goalkeeper Carey Price.

New Jersey then took a three-goal advantage, when Steve Sullivan scored on a deflection of a Zidlicky shot in the early stages of the second period. Sullivan’s score, another power-play opportunity, came after Brandon Prust was called for interference.

The Canadiens then sliced the lead to 3-1 on Max Pacioretty’s power-play goal, his 14th of the season.

Montreal got a huge break in the closing seconds of the second period, when Alex Galchenyuk made a pretty play behind the goal, stealing the puck from two New Jersey defenders and making a backhand pass in front to the wide-open Eller, who slapped it past a prone Brodeur with just 14 seconds left in the period, slicing the lead to 3-2.


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