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San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) shoots the puck past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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First Published Mar 17 2014 09:49 am • Last Updated Mar 17 2014 11:20 pm

FLYERS 4, PENGUINS 3

PITTSBURGH • Wayne Simmonds had two power-play goals in the first period and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second consecutive day, 4-3 on Sunday.

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Simmonds assisted on Brayden Schenn’s goal 2:06 into the game and then scored twice in a 6:54 span to give the Flyers a three-goal lead 14 minutes in. Surging Philadelphia, which beat its cross-state rival 4-0 at home Saturday, improved to 5-1-1 in its past seven.

Defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen and recent call-up Jayson Megna scored for the injury-depleted Penguins, who lost two straight in regulation for the first time since dropping three in a row from Nov. 6-13.

During the final seconds, the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby hit the post with a backhand off a pass from Evgeni Malkin while skating down the right wing.

SHARKS 1, RANGERS 0

NEW YORK • Antti Niemi stopped 41 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and made Logan Couture’s first-period, short-handed goal stand up as the San Jose Sharks beat the New York Rangers for their sixth straight win.

Niemi and the Sharks’ defense were the difference in this one, unlike in the first meeting between the teams, won 9-2 by San Jose on Oct. 8. Niemi, who has 27 NHL shutouts, was particularly strong during a Rangers power play early in the third.

The Rangers thought they tied it with 3:15 left in the second period. During a stoppage, all four officials gathered in front of the scorer’s table. A lengthy video review was conducted in Toronto to see if Carl Hagelin’s stuff attempt at the left post had nudged the puck over the line. While numerous replays failed to show the puck behind Niemi, who blocked the view, one zoomed-in and enhanced picture appeared to show the puck disappear behind the post — drawing a huge cheer from the crowd. Those yells turned to boos when it was announced there was no conclusive evidence of a goal.


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CANUCKS 4, PANTHERS 3, SO

SUNRISE, Fla. • Nicklas Jensen scored in the first period and added the only goal in the shootout and the Vancouver Canucks earned a victory over former goalie Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers.

Alex Burrows had a goal and two assists and Dan Hamhuis also scored for the Canucks. Eddie Lack made 26 saves.

Jimmy Hayes scored two power-play goals for the Panthers. Vincent Trocheck also scored and Luongo stopped 29 shots.

Luongo faced his former team just 12 days being traded from the Canucks to the Panthers on March 4. Luongo is 2-3 since joining the Panthers. Lack stopped all three shots in the shootout and won against Luongo, his former teammate.

CAPITALS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Troy Brouwer scored two goals and the Washington Capitals scored three times in the first period before holding on against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Joel Ward had a goal and an assist, and Jason Chimera also tallied for Washington, which scored on three of its first five shots against James Reimer for a 3-0 lead.

The Maple Leafs pulled within 3-2 in the second period and it stayed that way until Brouwer’s empty-netter with four seconds left.

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