Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and two assists as the Florida Panthers handled the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2. Peter Mueller also scored twice for the Panthers, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Tomas Kopecky had the other goal for the victors. Scott Clemmensen made 32 saves while picking up his first win of the season. He improved to 5-1-1 lifetime against Philadelphia. Luke Schenn and Jakub Voracek scored for the Flyers, who had a two-game winning streak stopped. Ilya Bryzgalov gave up four goals on 15 shots before being pulled in the second period. Brian Boucher turned aside 10-of-11 shots in relief. Philadelphia learned before Thursday's game that forward Matt Read will miss six weeks of action with torn rib cage muscles. The club's leading goal-scorer suffered the injury during the first period of Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk and Andrei Loktionov scored less than 2 1/2 minutes apart in the third period to rally the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. Patrik Elias added a shorthanded goal while assisting on Kovalchuk's game-winner to help the Devils halt a two-game skid. Martin Brodeur made 17 saves in the victory. The Capitals were dealt a second straight defeat following a season-high three-game win streak despite a 34-save effort from Braden Holtby. Mathieu Perreault and Mike Ribeiro potted power-play goals in the setback, with Troy Brouwer assisting on both markers.
Final Score: Winnipeg 4, Carolina 3
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Blake Wheeler scored the game-winning goal with just under five minutes left to lift the Winnipeg Jets past the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, on Thursday. Wheeler also lit the lamp in the first period, while Evander Kane and Andrew Ladd added one goal apiece for the Jets, who have won the first two tilts of a five-game road swing. Ondrej Pavelec had 27 saves in the triumph. Jiri Tlusty scored a pair of goals and Jordan Staal added one goal for the Hurricanes, who have dropped back-to-back contests following a three-game winning streak. Cam Ward stopped 19 shots in the setback.
Final Score: Toronto 3, Buffalo 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Buffalo began the post-Lindy Ruff era the same way it ended, with a loss. Just one day after firing the longest tenured head coach in the NHL, the Sabres were on the losing end of a 3-1 decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs. After a 6-10-1 start to the season, Buffalo management decided to part ways with Ruff, who had been the head coach of the team since July 21, 1997. Ruff left the Sabres with a record of 571-432-78-84 and took the club to the playoffs in eight of his 14 full seasons as head coach, including four trips to the Eastern Conference finals and a loss to the Dallas Stars in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals. However, Buffalo did not reach the postseason for the third time in the last five years in 2011-12. Ron Rolston, who had been serving as the head coach of the Rochester Americans of the AHL, was named interim coach of the Sabres for the rest of the season. James van Riemsdyk scored twice while Dion Phaneuf added a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have won three of their last four games. Ben Scrivens posted 31 saves in the win. Tyler Ennis had the lone goal of the game for the Sabres, who have dropped five of their last six games. Ryan Miller gave up all three goals on 35 shots in the loss.
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Montreal 3 (OT)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Thomas Hickey picked an opportune time to score his first NHL goal, as the rookie defenseman netted the game winner with 1:48 left in overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday at Bell Centre. Matt Moulson potted a pair of power-play goals, while Frans Nielsen scored the game-tying goal midway through the third period to help the Islanders put the brakes on a two-game slide. Evgeni Nabokov registered 30 saves in the victory. Max Pacioretty scored twice and Travis Moen also lit the lamp for the Candiens, who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. Carey Price allowed all four goals on 25 shots in the setback.
Final Score: Ottawa 3, NY Rangers 2 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Kaspars Daugavins scored the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 come- from-behind victory over the New York Rangers at Scotiabank Place. Mika Zibanejad scored with 6:30 remaining in regulation to force overtime, while Ben Bishop shined during the shootout phase after being pressed into duty for an injured Craig Anderson. The backup netminder turned back six of the seven New York skaters he faced after letting up a pair of third-period goals less than a minute apart in his relief stint. Anderson was forced out of the contest with an apparent right leg injury following a hard collision with the Rangers' Chris Kreider 1:43 into the third period. He stopped all 21 shots he faced before departing, with Bishop making 11 saves on 13 chances prior to the shootout. Henrik Lundqvist came up with 35 saves in regulation and overtime for New York, losers of two straight following a 4-0-1 stretch, with Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh accounting for the Ranger goals.
Final Score: Boston 4, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Nathan Horton scored a pair of goals and the Boston Bruins took down the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, on Thursday. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have won two in a row since a two-game skid. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in the win. Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Cory Conacher also lit the lamp. Anders Lindback stopped 22-of-26 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Columbus 3, Detroit 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Vinny Prospal scored with just 24.7 seconds to play as the Columbus Blue Jackets took a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. Derek Dorsett posted a goal and an assist while R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a three-game losing streak and a six-game road skid. Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves in the win. Columbus, though, did lose center Artem Anisimov to a possible head injury in the game after he was taken off on a stretcher following his head hitting the ice. On the play early in the second period, Anisimov tripped over Detroit's Ian White and fell to the ice. As he was falling, Detroit's Kyle Quincey also fell to the ice and his elbow came down on the head of Anisimov. After several minutes on the ground, his head and neck was immobilized and he was taken into the locker room on a stretcher. It was later announced that he was awake and responsive and had been taken to Detroit Medical Center for further evaluation. Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula both scored for the Red Wings, who have dropped their past five games. Jimmy Howard gave up all three goals on 24 shots.
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Dallas 3
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin's goal in the third period proved to be the winner as Vancouver took a 4-3 win over Dallas on Thursday. Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison and Alexandre Burrows each posted a goal for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game slide. Cory Schneider made 22 saves in the victory. Brenden Morrow had a goal and an assist while Jamie Benn and Michael Ryder also scored for the Stars, who have lost three of their last four games. Cristopher Nilstorp gave up all four goals on 22 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Matt Cullen scored twice and also added an assist on Thursday, as the Minnesota Wild earned a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Devin Setoguchi scored the go-ahead goal early in the final frame, while Niklas Backstrom stopped 27 shots to help the Wild notch their second straight victory. Ryan Smyth registered the lone Edmonton goal and Devan Dubnyk was charged for all three goals on 28 shots in the setback, the Oilers' eighth in their last 10 games.