Philadelphia The Nashville Predators didn't care that their victory over Philadelphia was the team's first against the Flyers. They just wanted to win.
Cliff Ronning and Robert Valicevic scored within a 2:20 span of the first period as the Predators beat the Flyers, 3-1, Thursday night. The Predators, who joined the NHL for the 1998-99 season, were 0-3-1 against the Flyers.
"We weren't thinking about the streak," said Ronning, who got the Predators off and running with a goal midway through the first period. "We just wanted to get out of here with a win."
Tom Fitzgerald, who set up Valicevic's game-winner, agreed.
"We really didn't care too much about Philadelphia's streak," Fitzgerald said. "We were all playing with confidence and just didn't want this one to slip away. This should be a good learning experience for us."
Vitali Yachmenev added an empty-net goal with 12.7 seconds left for Nashville, which also snapped a five game (0-2-2-1) winless streak.
"We were really moving the puck well in the first period," Ronning said. "But we probably got a little defensive after that. Philadelphia really came at us hard from the second period on."
Luke Richardson scored the only goal for the Flyers, who had their four game (2-0-2) unbeaten string broken.
"You have to be ready every night," Richardson said of the Flyers, who earned a tie at New Jersey on Wednesday. "Tonight we were a little lackadaisical. After the great effort last night, I guess we thought it would just happen."
Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun, winless in two previous starts against the Flyers with a 6.06 goals-against average, had 27 saves.
Senators 6, Rangers 5
Kanata, Ontario Magnus Arvedson and Igor Kravchuk scored 33 seconds apart in the third period to lift Ottawa over New York. The goals gave Ottawa a two-goal lead with 4:24 left, but the advantage was cut to 6-5 when Petr Nedved got one back for New York with 2:56 remaining.
Marian Hossa's second goal of the game at 6:49 of the third period tied it 4-4 after Jan Hlavac gave the Rangers the lead at 2:47. Martin Havlat and Rob Zamuner also scored for Ottawa.
Kings 5, Thrashers 2
Atlanta Jamie Storr made 22 saves as Los Angeles ended a two-game losing streak with a victory over Atlanta. Bob Corkum, Mathieu Schneider, Steven Reinprecht, Jozef Stumpel and Rob Blake scored for the Kings, and Ziggy Palffy had three assists. The Thrashers' franchise-record four-game unbeaten streak (1-0-3) was stopped as they went 0-for-8 on the power play. Corkum converted a 2-on-1 break with Kelly Buchberger against Atlanta backup goalie Milan Hnilicka, starting in place of the injured Damian Rhodes, for a 1-0 lead just 2:26 into the game.
Bruins 5, Blackhawks 4
Boston Mikko Eloranta scored with 1:29 left and Jason Allison had two goals and two assists as Boston ended a three-game losing streak. Eloranta scored a fluke goal when he shot the puck at the net from along the boards and it squirted between the pads of Blackhawks goalie Rob Tallas. The goal came 36 seconds after Chicago's Tony Amonte tied it 4-4. Allison is only one goal from equaling his last season's output and leads the NHL in power-play points with 15.
Maple Leafs 5, Devils 3
Toronto Jonas Hoglund scored twice in the third period as Toronto defeated New Jersey. The game was the first between the teams since the Devils eliminated the Maple Leafs from the playoffs with 3-0 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals en route to the Stanley Cup title. Toronto managed an NHL record low six shots in that game. Hoglund, criticized for Toronto's poor showing in the series, tipped in Danny Markov's shot from the point to give the Maple Leafs a 4-3 lead with 8:35 remaining. Hoglund crashed the net and scored again at 19:03.
Blues 2, Capitals 0
St. Louis Rookie Brent Johnson stopped 30 shots as St. Louis beat Washington, extending the Blues' winning streak to seven. The shutout is Johnson's second both this season in 11 career games. St. Louis is 10-2-1 this season, tying the best start in franchise history set in the 1997-98 season. Johnson has won all five of his starts this season and has allowed three goals in three starts at Savvis Center. Washington outshot St. Louis 16-8 in the third period.