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Thank you, Dave Hakstol, for finally playing Konecny in OT

Thank you, Dave Hakstol, for finally playing Konecny in OT


DETROIT — Travis Konecny’s second consecutive overtime goal, 27 seconds into the extra period, gave the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.

It was the Flyers' eighth win in their last nine games. Jakub Voracek had a goal and an assist while Sean Couturier had two assists.

Konecny also scored 27 seconds into overtime Sunday for a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Tuesday, Konecny got the puck away from Detroit’s Dylan Larkin at the Detroit blue line, went in and beat goalie Petr Mrazek on the short side from the right circle. The play was reviewed for offsides, but it was ruled that when the puck came out of the zone along the boards, Konecny got his skate on the blue line before he touched the puck when it came back in.

The fourth straight win gives the Flyers (24-16-8) 56 points, matching the New Jersey Devils for second place in the jam-packed Metropolitan Division.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings (19-20-8) have lost five of their last seven games.

Now, let's get into some observations:

• Andrew MacDonald made a big defensive play seconds after Frans Nielsen had tied the game, 2-2, with 9:16 left in regulation. Tyler Bertuzzi was looking at a wide-open net from the bottom of the left circle, but MacDonald got his stick on the shot and deflected it over the cage.

• The Flyers' big guns were held at bay by the Red Wings until late in the second period when Larkin took a tripping penalty with 49 seconds left and the scored tied at 1-1. It only took the Flyers 26 seconds to convert as Voracek gathered in a rebound in the right circle, moved across the slot and put a shot past a sprawling Mrazek for a 2-1 lead on his ninth goal. The rebound was off a shot by Couturier — who also assisted on Konecny’s winner — and Claude Giroux got the secondary assist.

• The Flyers could have led by more after two periods. Brandon Manning hit the goal post on a shot from the right point 6:15 into the middle period and the Flyers dominated the period, outshooting Detroit, 18-7.

• A big save by Brian Elliott came early in the second period (1:23), just 13 seconds after MacDonald had scored to tie the contest at 1-1. Elliott made a spectacular glove save on Henrik Zetterberg’s one-time backhand shot from point-blank range. Elliott also stopped Bertuzzi point blank with about a minute to go in the second period and foiled Larkin on a breakaway 8:48 into the third period. He finished with 19 saves to pick up his 19th win.

• Nothing much happened in the first 10 minutes. The game’s first shot didn’t come until the 5:01 mark of the first period when Shayne Gostisbehere managed to get off a harmless shot from the left point that Mrazek easily caught and held the puck for a faceoff. The only decent scoring chances in the first half of the first were by the Red Wings. Radko Gudas made an outstanding defensive play to knock the puck off of the stick of Bertuzzi as he was about to get off a shot from the bottom of the right circle, and Larkin shot the puck through the crease behind Elliott from the side of the net.

• The Flyers got a bad break when Detroit took a 1-0 lead with 9:18 remaining in the opening period. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson’s shot from the left point deflected off of Manning’s leg in front of Elliott and into the net.

• Mrazek knocked away Michael Raffl's shot on a short breakaway in the final 10 seconds of the first period. Other than that, neither team got much of a look at the opponent’s net as the Flyers outshot the Red Wings, 5-4, in the opening period. Raffl later exited the game with a lower-body injury and did not return. He will be reevaluated Wednesday.

• The Flyers come back home to play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7 p.m./NBCSP), their final game before the All-Star break this weekend.

Penguins beat Rangers to tie season-high winning streak

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Penguins beat Rangers to tie season-high winning streak

PITTSBURGH -- Dominik Simon and Phil Kessel scored milestone goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 victory against the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Simon got the first goal of his NHL career and Kessel scored his 20th of the season for his 700th point on back-to-back goals that put the Penguins ahead for good. Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin also scored as the Penguins got their season high-tying fourth straight win and fifth in six games.

Rookie Tristan Jarry, making his fourth straight start, stopped 26 shots to pick up his career-best fourth straight win.

Michael Grabner and Brendan Smith scored for the Rangers, who were coming off a 7-2 loss at home to the Islanders the previous day. New York has lost four of five and seventh of their last 10 (3-5-2). Henrik Lundqvist had 42 saves.

After Smith gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with his first goal of the season in the final minute of the first period, the Penguins took over from there.

Simon scored on a rebound from the slot to tie the score with 6:45 left in the second period. Kessel then put the Penguins ahead for good 1:15 later with a wrist shot from the faceoff dot, becoming the 26th American-born player to reach 700 career points and the 11th with 20 or more goals in 10 different seasons (see full recap).

Flames down Hurricanes for 7th straight win
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dougie Hamilton scored twice, Mike Smith made 38 saves and the Calgary Flames ran their winning streak to seven straight games with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Even with leading scorer Sean Monahan out with the flu, the Flames controlled the entire game.

Matt Stajan opened the scoring at 6:01 of the first period with his first goal of the season.

Hamilton made it 2-0 later in the first period. Hamilton scored again early in the third for his first multigoal game of the season.

Matthew Tkachuk added an insurance goal late and Johnny Gaudreau had two assists to extend his point streak to seven games in a row.

Scott Darling made 26 saves for Carolina, which has lost four of five. Lee Stempniak scored with 4:31 remaining to avoid a shutout.

The Flames were faster and physical from the start (see full recap).

Red Wings shut out sloppy Blackhawks
CHICAGO -- Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi each had a goal and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the sloppy Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Sunday.

Dylan Larkin and Mike Green also scored for Detroit, which had dropped two in a row after a four-game win streak. Petr Mrazek made 27 saves in his second shutout of the season and 12th of his career.

Bertuzzi, the nephew of former NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, made it 4-0 when he punched in his first career goal on a rebound 13:37 into the third period. He also has five assists in 10 games this season.

The Red Wings (18-18-7) played without forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, who were sidelined by lower-body injuries after they got hurt during Saturday's 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh. Dominic Turgeon, the son of former NHL star Pierre Turgeon, made his NHL debut after he was promoted from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Chicago (22-17-6) had won three of four, including a 2-1 victory against Central Division-leading Winnipeg on Friday night. But the Blackhawks looked sluggish for most of their final game before their bye week.

Detroit grabbed control with a pair of goals in a 2:10 span in the first period (see full recap).

Red Wings only need 6 seconds for OT win

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Red Wings only need 6 seconds for OT win

DETROIT -- Andreas Athanasiou scored 6 seconds into overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

It was the second goal of the night for Athanasiou, who also had a penalty shot stopped in the third period. Dylan Larkin took the opening faceoff in overtime and, after the puck went forward a bit, both Athanasiou and Ottawa standout Erik Karlsson reached for it.

Athanasiou was able to control it and skated in behind Karlsson on a breakaway. He beat goalie Craig Anderson with a backhander high to the glove side.

Ryan Dzingel scored for the Senators.

Detroit has won three in a row for the first time this season. The Red Wings improved to 1-6 in games decided in overtime, although they have won three shootouts.

Ottawa lost for the 18th time in 22 games (see full recap).

Sharp breaks tie in 3rd as ‘Hawks top Rangers
NEW YORK -- Patrick Sharp broke a tie early in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the New York Rangers 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Nick Schmaltz, Vinnie Hinostroza, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane also scored, and Jeff Glass made 23 saves. The 32-year-old Glass made his third straight start with Corey Crawford on injured reserved.

Nick Holden and Mika Zibanejad scored for New York in the Rangers' second regulation loss at home since Nov. 28.

Sharp, a three-time Cup winner with Chicago who returned this season after spending the previous two years in Dallas, scored at 2:24 of the third when his wrist shot sailed past goalie Henrik Lundqvist's glove.

Toews and Kane had empty-net goals in the final minute (see full recap).