VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Cody Ceci scored a second-period goal and the Ottawa Senators downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 before a crowd of more than 50,000 Sunday in the Heritage Classic.
The Senators posted their first win in three games and kept pace in the race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Canucks suffered their ninth loss in 10 games and remained on the bubble in their quest for eighth place in the Western Conference.
Clarke MacArthur, Erik Karlsson and Colin Greening – into an empty-net with 1:33 left in the game – also scored for Ottawa.
The game was designed as a tribute to the 1915 Stanley Cup final series between the eventual-champion Vancouver Millionaires and Ottawa Senators. The Canucks wore maroon and cream-colored Millionaires replica jerseys while the Senators sported duds similar to those of their predecessors.
Coaches wore varsity-styled jackets rather than their usual suits.
The NHL’s outdoor series was forced to go indoors as the B.C. Place Stadium roof was closed due to rain.
FLYERS 5, CAPITALS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) – Vincent Lecavalier scored at 2:45 of overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit for a victory over the Washington Capitals.
Trailing 4-2 entering the third period, the Flyers started their comeback when Jakub Voracek scored a power-play goal at 11:58. The Flyers were given a five-minute advantage when Dmitry Orlov was given a major penalty for boarding Brayden Schenn at 9:33.
Claude Giroux sent the game to overtime when he scored his second goal of the game with 65 seconds left in the third. Adam Hall also scored for the Flyers, Kimmo Timonen had three assists and Steve Mason made 25 saves.
Orlov scored two goals and fellow defenseman Mike Green had three assists for Washington. Marcus Johansson and Jay Beagle also scored for the Capitals in a physical game. Braden Holtby had 31 saves.
SHARKS 4, DEVILS 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Matt Nieto scored the go-ahead goal at 6:20 of the third period and Alex Stalock made 21 saves and San Jose defeated New Jersey.
Logan Couture and Raffi Torres also scored and U.S. Olympian Joe Pavelski had the primary assists on the tying and winning goals as the Sharks won for the fifth time in six games.
Patrick Marleau iced the game with a breakaway goal with 2:25 to play, his 25th of the season.
Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who had a two-game, post-Olympic break winning streak snapped. Cory Schneider had 18 saves for New Jersey.
PANTHERS 5, ISLANDERS 3
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Scottie Upshall scored twice in the third period as part of a four-goal Panthers surge and Florida downed New York.
Upshall’s 11th of the season broke a 3-3 tie at 10:31 of the final period. The goal came on the rebound of shot by Shawn Mattias, who also scored two goals for the Panthers.
Upshall tapped the loose puck past backup goaltender Anders Nilsson, who started in place of Evgeni Nabokov. Upshall scored again at 15:26 on the power play to make it 5-3 for Florida. Tim Thomas made 35 saves for the Panthers.
The Islanders entered the third with a 3-1 advantage after Thomas Vanek scored twice in the first and Ryan Strome added a goal late in the second.
But Florida’s Marcel Goc and Matthias scored early in the third to tie the game at 3 before Upshall’s late scores.
BRUINS 6, RANGERS 3
NEW YORK (AP) – Tuukka Rask made 19 saves in a one-sided first period, and defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists to lift the Boston Bruins over the Rangers for their first season-sweep of New York in 31 years.
Rask was at his best early and finished with 39 saves. He outdueled New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 27 shots on his 32nd birthday but lost for the second straight day. The Bruins are 9-2-3 in their last 14 games.
The Rangers fell one point behind second-place Philadelphia – which beat New York 4-2 on Saturday.
Gregory Campbell had two goals for Boston, while Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla and Carl Soderberg also scored.
AVALANCHE 6, LIGHTNING 3
DENVER (AP) – Nick Holden scored two goals, Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 shots and Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie also scored for the Avalanche, who have won two straight.
Nate Thompson had two goals, Tom Pyatt also scored and Ben Bishop finished with 29 saves for the Lightning.
Holden tied it with a power-play goal at 5:12 of the third. It was Colorado’s sixth power-play goal in the past three games.
BLUES 4, COYOTES 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Patrik Berglund scored twice during St. Louis’ four-goal, third-period rally and the Blues beat the Phoenix Coyotes in goaltender Ryan Miller’s debut.
Miller made 23 saves in his first game since being acquired by St. Louis in a five-player deal with Buffalo on Friday. In addition to posting a 284-186-57 record in 10-plus seasons, all with the Sabres, Miller entered the game 6-0-0 with a shutout and a 1.15 goals-against average in his career against Phoenix.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Magnus Paajarvi added goals for the Blues, who had been scoreless for a franchise record 187:44 before scoring three in a nine-plus minute span.
Jeff Halpern scored his 150th career goal and Paul Bissonnette added his first goal since Dec. 14 for the Coyotes, who have lost four straight and five of six.
DUCKS 5, HURRICANES 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Corey Perry had two goals and an assist in the first period, Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Carolina Hurricanes for their second straight victory out of the Olympic break.
Frederik Andersen made 49 saves for the NHL-leading Ducks, who jumped to a 5-0 lead midway through the second period and coasted to their third consecutive win overall.
Francois Beauchemin and Jakob Silfverberg also scored as the Ducks won their NHL-best 43rd game and stayed five points ahead of Chicago and St. Louis in the overall league standings.
Alexander Semin, Andrej Sekera and Patrick Dwyer scored in Carolina’s fifth straight loss overall and its fourth in six days since the break.