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Flyers' Hart, Gordon win in NHL debuts

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Carter Hart had a night he'll never forget, and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers had a night they really needed.

Hart made 22 saves in his NHL debut and Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist as Philadelphia defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night and made interim coach Scott Gordon a winner in his first game.

"It was something special tonight to be out there," the 20-year-old Hart said. "I was trying not to think about it before the game. Now, it's starting to sink in a little bit."


Kucherov, Lightning battle past Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist to reach 50 points this season and lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Tuesday night.

A feisty Canucks squad kept pace with Tampa Bay in a heated game marked by a flurry of fights, but couldn't overpower the top team in the NHL.


Leafs build quick lead, rout Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs put on a show for the New Jersey Devils.

They came out fast, got contributions from all four lines, their defense and goaltender, and routed the Devils 7-2 on Tuesday night.


Panthers score 4 in 3rd to defeat Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Florida Panthers got the third-period response they were looking for, and they continued their dominance over the Buffalo Sabres.

Evgenii Dadonov had two goals and an assist, including the go-ahead tally on a penalty shot, as the Panthers scored three quick goals to open the final period and picked up their seventh straight win over the Sabres, 5-2 on Tuesday night. Florida had previously been outscored 42-23 in the third period, the worst margin in the NHL.


Hayes scores winner as Rangers top Ducks

NEW YORK (AP) After a lackluster first two periods, the New York Rangers came out with more intensity in the third and got a needed win.

Kevin Hayes scored on a short-handed breakaway with 40 seconds remaining and the Rangers rallied with three goals in the third period to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 Tuesday night.


Lehner stops 35, Isles beat Coyotes 3-1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The New York Islanders were a step slow and gave up an early goal - not the best way to start the second game of a back-to-back.

Once the Islanders scored, they started buzzing and rolled to their second win in two nights.


Bishop, Khudobin help Stars blank Flames

DALLAS (AP) Ben Bishop got help from backup Anton Khudobin, and together they made franchise history.

Bishop and Khudobin teamed up for the first combined shutout for the Dallas Stars in a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.


Couture scores 2, Sharks blank Wild 4-0

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Sharks coach Peter DeBoer never doubted going back to Martin Jones in net, even after he allowed three goals on seven shots before getting pulled in the first period of San Jose's previous game.

Jones has always bounced back quickly and he did it again Tuesday night as the Sharks continued their December roll.


Ward's 30 saves get Blackhawks by Preds

CHICAGO (AP) Cam Ward gave the Chicago Blackhawks exactly what they needed in the wake of another concussion for Corey Crawford.

He went back to work.


Maroon, Blues storm past Oilers 4-1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Pat Maroon was credited with the tiebreaking goal following a replay review early in the third period, and the St. Louis Blues went on to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Blues, who have won three of four. Brayden Schenn had three assists.

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