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Golden Knights score with 2.3 seconds left to stun Lightning

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Golden Knights score with 2.3 seconds left to stun Lightning

LAS VEGAS -- Shea Theodore snapped a tie with 2.3 seconds left and the Vegas Golden Knights scored four power-play goals Tuesday night, ending Tampa Bay's seven-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory over the NHL-best Lightning.

It was Vegas' third straight win and seventh in eight games. This one came against the top team in the league -- Tampa Bay leads the NHL with 50 points.

The expansion Golden Knights are 14-2-1 at home, tying them with Washington and the New York Rangers for the most home wins in the NHL.

Erik Haula, James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Vegas, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots.

The Lightning, who wrapped up a four-game road trip against Western Conference foes, dropped to 12-2-0 against teams from the West.

Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov scored for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves (see full recap).

Burakovsky gives Capitals overtime win
DALLAS -- Andre Burakovsky scored his second goal of the game 1:51 into overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals over the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Burakovsky had one goal in his first 14 games this season. He shot over goalie Ben Bishop from the left faceoff circle in OT, and also assisted on Brett Connolly's tying goal with 2:26 left in the third period.

The Capitals have won four straight. Braden Holtby made 33 saves for Washington. Bishop stopped 24 shots.

Both teams scored one goal in each of the three periods. Andre Burakovsky, Dmitry Orlov and Connolly scored for Washington. Jamie Benn had a power-play goal in the first period, Gemel Smith scored in the second and Alexander Radulov gave the Stars a brief 3-2 lead in the third.

Connolly and Radulov each had a goal and an assist (see full recap).

Marner, Maple Leafs destroy Hurricanes
TORONTO -- Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and three assists, and the Toronto Maple Leafs stopped a three-game slide by routing the Carolina Hurricanes 8-1 on Tuesday.

Toronto scored four in the first and four more in the third on a special anniversary for the NHL. The first NHL games were played on Dec. 19, 1917, including a 10-9 win by the Montreal Wanderers over Toronto.

James van Riemsdyk had a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs, and Leo Komarov, Patrick Marleau, Kasperi Kapanen, William Nylander and Connor Carrick also scored. Frederik Andersen made 32 saves.

Jeff Skinner scored for Carolina, and Scott Darling stopped 27 shots. The Hurricanes had won three in a row (see full recap).

Flyers at Canucks: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Canucks: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Updated: 8:53 p.m.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Flyers are hoping to take a much-needed win out of Vancouver as they wrap up a five-game road trip.

Saturday night’s game will be the difference between an average five-game road trip and a terrible one. With a win, the Flyers can finish at 2-2-1. However, with a regulation loss, they’ll wrap up the five-game trip at 1-3-1.

The Flyers haven’t lost four straight on the road since Nov. 14-27 of last season.`

Let's take a look at tonight's essentials:

When: 10 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Rogers Arena 
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers, along with the Wild, have scored the first goal in just 10 games so far this season — an NHL low. During their current five-game road trip, the Flyers have surrendered that first goal in the first four games.

“When we get down, I don’t know what it is," Shayne Gostisbehere said, "but we get really down on ourselves and turn into a negative bunch.” 

• The Flyers typically need to score at least four goals to assure themselves a win. They're 1-14-2 when they score three or fewer goals this season, 11-0-2 when they score four or more. Their only three-goal victory came Oct. 30 in Anaheim.

Defensively, the Flyers have been burned by the opposition’s top-line center. Buffalo’s Jack Eichel, Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele, Calgary’s Sean Monahan and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid have combined for six goals and five assists (11 points in four games) on this road trip.

Vancouver’s No. 1 center, Bo Horvat, comes into Saturday’s game with seven points (four goals, three assists) over his last seven games and is currently second on the team with 29 points. 

• Tonight’s game will also feature two top-five picks from the 2017 NHL draft. The Flyers' Nolan Patrick, drafted second, and Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson, selected fifth, will square off for the first time in their pro careers. 

Pettersson has been the NHL’s top rookie this season, topping all first-year players with 16 goals, 17 assists and 33 points. He’s the clear front-runner for the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie.

With five goals and five assists, Patrick has undoubtedly struggled throughout his sophomore season. The 20-year-old center has just one point over his last 13 games. Saturday in Edmonton, Patrick was demoted to fourth-line center for the first time in his career but still managed 14:40 of ice time.

• The Flyers' power play failed them once again in Edmonton Friday night, finishing 0 for 5, which included a four-minute double minor. After scoring five power-play goals in their first four games of the season, the Flyers are 7 for 69 over their last 26 games, or 10.1 percent, prompting Sean Couturier to lash out.

Lately our power play — I mean all year — we’ve been doing nothing. It’s horrible. Right now, we’re just passing it around and we’re not doing anything, and it’s killing the momentum.

• Vancouver is beginning to rebound from a terrible stretch of hockey that saw it go 1-10-1 from Nov. 12 to Dec. 4. Since then, the Canucks have rebounded with a 3-0-1 mark over their last four games.

• The Canucks are, by far, one of the worst third-period teams in hockey, with a goal differential of minus-11. Vancouver has allowed an NHL-high 46 goals in the final period of regulation, with the Senators and Red Wings next on the list with 41.

Projected lineup

Forwards
Wayne Simmonds-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Claude Giroux-Nolan Patrick-Michael Raffl
James van Riemsdyk-Jordan Weal-Travis Konecny
Scott Laughton-Jori Lehtera-Dale Weise

Defensemen
Andrew MacDonald-Ivan Provorov
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
Travis Sanheim-Shayne Gostisbehere

Goalies
Anthony Stolarz
Alex Lyon

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Flaws be damned, Flyers can at least do this one thing for Dave Hakstol

Flaws be damned, Flyers can at least do this one thing for Dave Hakstol

The least the Flyers can do is play for Dave Hakstol.

They can allow 17 goals in the last three games, their power play can go 1 for 21 since Nov. 21, their penalty kill can be dead last in the NHL, the makeshift goalie situation can sport the league's worst save percentage, but …

At least try.

At least look like you care about your coach's job, not to mention the future of the entire staff.

By the look of things Friday night, the Flyers didn't.

They showed little to no life when Hakstol needs every last drop of effort with a new boss watching closely over this five-game road trip, which is turning into an easy and ugly case file for termination. 

During the 4-1 loss to the Oilers, the Flyers played like they were going through the motions — and that was after a 7-1 drubbing followed by a 6-5 overtime catastrophe in which three goals were given up in the final 1:43 of action to blow a 5-3 lead.

You'd think and hope the Flyers would look like world-beaters the next time they stepped on the ice, playing with unmatched motivation.

The opposite occurred.

Maybe the coach has lost the team. It happens. The Flyers have talked about needing to reset. If they can't do it themselves, oftentimes a new voice is the easiest way to push the restart button and experience fresh life.

The team the Flyers lost to Friday night fired its coach Nov. 20. Since then, the Oilers are 9-2-2 with the NHL's second-most points (20) after letting go Todd McLellan and hiring Ken Hitchcock.

In the Flyers' case, is this all on the players? No, of course not. Hakstol deserves just as much blame, along with his assistants Kris Knoblauch (power play), Ian Laperriere (penalty kill) and Kim Dillabaugh (goalies).

Can Hakstol's pregame preparation be better? Is his system a fit with the personnel? Can he motivate his players? Are the best in-game adjustments being made?

The questions are all legitimate. It's entirely possible new general manager Chuck Fletcher has seen enough for his answers.

When teams underachieve or a season goes awry, coaches take the fall. The Flyers even lost a GM in this mess, too.

Back on Nov. 27, Jeremy Roenick put it well when discussing the state of the Flyers on NBC Sports Philadelphia's Philly Sports Talk.

Listen, this team can win hockey games, they know how to win, they know what kind of effort it takes to win in this league, they've shown they can do it.

When you don't do it consistently, it is a lack of preparation, it is a lack of interest and that's all on the players.

It's twisted in a way. The coaches are the bosses, but the players control their fates.

The Flyers aren't just trying to dig themselves out of another early-season hole.

On Saturday night against the Canucks, the Flyers should play like they're trying to save their coach's job.

It's the least they can do.

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