Flyers lose, use a record 7th goalie in season

The Philadelphia Flyers tied an NHL record with Mike McKenna becoming their seventh goaltender to play this season.

McKenna started against the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals in Washington on Tuesday night and allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 5-3 loss. He got the nod because interim head coach Scott Gordon wanted to give top goaltending prospect Carter Hart a break after playing twice in three days.

The Flyers became the fourth team in league history to use seven goalies, joining the 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques, 2002-03 St. Louis Blues and 2007-08 Los Angeles Kings. Brian Elliott, Michal Neuvirth, Calvin Pickard, Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz also have tended goal for Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, Jakub Vrana scored twice to set a career high in goals and added an assist to help Washington hand its division rival an eighth consecutive loss.

Golden Knights 4, Rangers 2: Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves and Vegas prevailed at home for its seventh straight victory. Fleury, who leads the NHL with 25 wins and 39 starts this season, has 429 career victories. Cody Eakin, Brandon Pirri, Jonathan Marchessault and Ryan Carpenter scored for the Golden Knights.

Jets 7, Avalanche 4: Blake Wheeler had a goal and three assists, Mark Scheifele got his 23rd goal and Winnipeg defended its home ice. Mathieu Perreault, Kyle Connor, Bryan Little, Andrew Copp and Jacob Trouba also scored for the Jets.

Stars 3, Blues 1: Tyler Seguin scored twice, Ben Bishop made several key saves and Dallas won in St. Louis. John Klingberg had a goal for the Stars, who won despite generating only 17 shots on net. Bishop, a St. Louis native, stopped 26 shots against his former team and improved to 5-5-1 versus the Blues.

Penguins 6, Florida 1: Matt Murray stopped 36 shots to remain unbeaten since his return from a lower-body injury, and Pittsburgh won at home. Murray improved to 8-0 in his past eight starts for Pittsburgh, which has won nine of 10.

Lightning 4, Blue Jackets 0: Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves, Brayden Point had two goals and an assist, and NHL-leading Tampa Bay won at home. NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, and Mathieu Joseph also scored.

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3: Justin Williams scored late in the third period and visiting Carolina snapped New York’s six-game winning streak. Williams scored his 10th goal of the season 15 seconds after leaving the penalty box to make it 3-2 with 17:18 left.

Canadiens 3, Red Wings 2: Brendan Gallagher and Joel Armia scored 66 seconds apart early in the second period, and Montreal won on the road.

Bruins 4, Wild 0: Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and two assists, Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for his first shutout this season and Boston won at home. Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk also scored as Boston won its season-high fifth straight game.

Sabres 5, Devils 1: Jeff Skinner got his 29th goal of the season and Buffalo scored five times in the second period to defend its home ice. C.J. Smith, Casey Mittelstadt, Jake McCabe and Lawrence Pilut also scored for Buffalo. Carter Hutton made 20 saves.

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