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Flyers ratchet up power play

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Associated Press / March 9, 2008

All the Philadelphia Flyers needed to get their power-play unit back on track were a couple of deflections and lucky bounces.

Scott Hartnell scored two of Philadelphia's four power-play goals, leading the Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the visiting New York Islanders last night.

After going 6 for 63 with a man advantage over their previous 15 games, the Flyers were 4 for 7 with the extra skater against the Islanders.

Danny Briere and Jeff Carter had goals, and Kimmo Timonen got three assists for the Flyers, 5-1-1 since losing 10 straight.

"Lately, we weren't as good on retrieval," Briere said, explaining the team's recent struggles on the power play. "Once we get the puck inside the zone, we have guys who can make plays."

Freddy Meyer scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who are 2-6 since winning six in a row and are quickly falling out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. New York trails eighth-place Philly by 7 points with 12 games remaining. The Flyers are 4 points ahead of ninth-place Buffalo.

"It was tough before the game and now it's even tougher," New York coach Ted Nolan said.

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro wasn't too sharp in his first game since returning to action following the death of his grandmother, allowing four goals on 27 shots.

Hurricanes 4, Sabres 3 - Scott Walker deflected in a shot from Eric Staal in overtime and host Carolina beat Buffalo to take a 7-point lead in the Southeast Division.

Sergei Samsonov, Keith Aucoin, and Tim Gleason also scored for the Hurricanes, who won for the seventh time in eight games to pull away from division-rival Washington, which lost to the Bruins, 2-1, earlier in the day.

With 11 games left, the 2006 Stanley Cup champions appear to be headed back to the playoffs after missing out last season. Canadiens 5, Kings 2 - Patrice Brisebois triggered a three-goal second period for Montreal, Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves in his first start of the season, and the Canadiens beat host Los Angeles.

Andrei Kostitsyn and Guillaume Latendresse also scored and captain Saku Koivu connected on a power play for the Canadiens, who are 9-3 since a season-worst three-game losing streak. Brisebois was back in the lineup after 10 games as a healthy scratch. He opened the scoring at 5:09 of the second.

Devils 2, Maple Leafs 1 - Martin Brodeur made 42 saves, and Zach Parise scored his second goal with 48.3 seconds left to give visiting New Jersey the victory.

New Jersey stayed 1 point ahead of Montreal atop the Eastern Conference.

Senators 4, Coyotes 2 - Mike Fisher had two goals and Ottawa snapped a three-game winless streak, adding to Phoenix's home woes.

The Coyotes dropped their third straight at home and are 5 points behind Nashville and Vancouver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 13 games left. Phoenix is 14-17-3 at home but 20-13-2 on the road.

Avalanche 3, Stars 1 - Peter Forsberg had two assists for his first 2 points since rejoining the Avalanche, Andrew Brunette had a goal and an assist, and host Colorado won its sixth straight.

Canucks 4, Blues 2 - Brad Isbister scored with 4:12 left in the third period as host Vancouver came from behind to beat St. Louis and move into a tie with Nashville for the final playoff spot in the West.

Panthers 3, Thrashers 2 - In Sunrise, Fla., Nathan Horton scored a power-play goal 4:36 into overtime, giving the Panthers the win.

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