Flyers push winning streak to 6
MONTREAL — Sean Couturier scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Monday night for their season-best sixth straight victory.
Petr Mrazek, making his third straight start for Philadelphia, stopped 28 shots in his fourth shutout this season. Mrazek is 3-0-0 since being acquired from the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 19.
Philadelphia moved into the top spot in the Metropolitan Division over Washington, which lost at Columbus. The Flyers have earned points in 12 straight games (10-0-2).
Backup goalie Charlie Lindgren made 33 saves for Montreal, which has lost eight of nine.
Both teams scored one goal after five shootout rounds before Couturier beat Lindgren in the sixth.
The Canadiens have been shut out nine times this year, tying a franchise record.
The Flyers had a few chances to win before the shootout.
Travis Konecny hit the post in overtime before Lindgren robbed captain Claude Giroux on the doorstep with 20 seconds remaining in the extra frame. The Flyers also failed to capitalize on a power play late in the third period.
These teams met six days ago, with Philadelphia coming out on top 3-2 in overtime. Montreal’s Carey Price suffered a concussion in that game when he took a shot to the mask.
Blue Jackets 5, Capitals 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Seth Jones and Cam Atkinson each had a goal and two assists, and Columbus beat Washington.
Columbus scored four goals in the first period — two of them on power plays — in winning their second game in three days and the first in four tries against the Capitals this season. Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist, and Sonny Milano and Mark Letestu — acquired by the Blue Jackets in a trade Sunday — also tallied.
Sergei Bobrovsky had 25 saves for the Blue Jackets, who held onto the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with a knot of teams still in contention.
Alex Ovechkin got his league-leading 39th goal for Washington. Braden Holtby had 12 saves for the Capitals in the first period, and Philipp Grubauer had 18 in the last two.
Maple Leafs 3, SO
TAMPA, Fla. — Brayden Point scored the deciding goal in a shootout for the second consecutive game, lifting Tampa Bay to a victory over Toronto.
Tyler Johnson, Chris Kunitz and Adam Erne scored in regulation for the NHL-leading Lightning, who played most of the game without Nikita Kucherov after the league’s top scorer was injured. Still, the Atlantic Division leaders edged second-place Toronto hours after acquiring defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller in a blockbuster deal with the New York Rangers just before the NHL trade deadline.
Tampa Bay parted with forward Vladimir Namestnikov, two prospects and two draft picks — a first-round selection in 2018 and a conditional first-rounder in 2019.