Sean Couturier scored with 3.4 seconds left in overtime Sunday to give the visiting Philadelphia Flyers a critical 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Couturier’s 29th goal came when he blasted the puck from the right circle to the far side past goaltender Matt Murray, who also gave up James van Riemsdyk’s tying goal with 18.8 seconds left in regulation.
Flyers goalie Carter Hart, in just his second start in 11 games, made 41 saves.
The game was played 16,000 days after Philadelphia (35-29-8, 78 points) last won the Stanley Cup in 1975, and the two points helped keep the Flyers’ playoff hopes alive. They are six points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot with 10 games to play.
Rookie Teddy Blueger scored for Pittsburgh (39-24-10, 88 points), which lost its second in a row but held onto third place in the Metropolitan Division. Murray made 36 saves.
Pittsburgh played without centre Evgeni Malkin. Coach Mike Sullivan said later Sunday that the star centre’s availability is “week to week” after he sustained an upper-body injury on Saturday. Malkin was shaken up – but stayed in the game – when he took a cross-check to the rib area from St Louis’ Robert Bortuzzo.
The closest thing to a goal during the first two periods came at 1:11 of the second.
Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, who played despite being ill earlier in the day, shot the puck past Murray, but it was immediately ruled no goal by the on-ice officials because Jakub Voracek appeared to interfere with Murray. The Flyers challenged, and the call was reversed.
That made it 1-0, but the Penguins immediately challenged that Philadelphia had been offside – Voracek, specifically – and that challenge was rewarded, so the game continued scoreless after the first double challenge on one goal in NHL history.
Blueger, filling in for Malkin as the second-line centre, gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead with his fourth goal at 2:07 of the third. He got a rebound of a shot by Phil Kessel and whipped it inside the right post.
With Hart pulled for an extra attacker, van Riemsdyk’s tying goal, his 25th, came on a one-timer from the slot on a setup by Travis Konecny.
Schaller tallies two goals for Canucks in win over Dallas
Josh Leivo’s shootout goal gave the visiting Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night. Leivo scored in the fourth round of the shootout.
The Canucks posted their second win in three games, while the Stars took their second straight loss, which prevented Dallas from gaining ground on St. Louis for third place in the Central Division.
Tim Schaller led the Canucks with two goals, marking the first two-goal game of his NHL career. The goals were also the first as a Canuck for Schaller, a summer 2018 free agent signing who has been a frequent healthy scratch after playing all 82 regular-season games and 11 playoff contests with Boston last season.
Jamie Benn and Taylor Fedun tallied for the Stars. Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 44 of 46 shots. Dallas netminder Anton Khudobin recorded 25 saves on 27 shots. The Canucks squandered a 2-0 lead for the second game in a row. Schaller opened the scoring 52 seconds into the game as he came around the net and squeezed a shot between Khudobin and the post.
It was Khudobin’s second straight game allowing a goal in the first minute. The goal was Schaller’s first in almost a year. He last scored for Boston against Tampa Bay on March 29, 2018. Jay Beagle earned a quick assist after sitting out Friday’s overtime loss to New Jersey due to illness.
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