Rookie goaltenders Carter Hart leads Flyers to 8th victory in row

Carter Hart made 41 saves and Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek scored as the Flyers beat Vancouver 2-1 in Philadelphia on Monday night for their eighth straight victory.

The Flyers pulled five points back of a playoff spot after having the NHL’s worst record Jan. 9. They were 14 points out of a postseason berth just more than a week ago.

Hart, Philadelphia’s 20-year-old rookie, won his seventh straight start. His best stop came with 5½ minutes left when he dived with his right arm to block Nikolay Goldobin from a sharp angle on a power play, drawing “CAR-TER!” chants from the crowd.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than that save,” Philadelphia interim head coach Scott Gordon said. “It’s one of those plays that you’re watching it happen and feeling it’s going in the net. And the next thing you know, everyone on the bench was like, ‘Wow!’”

Brock Boeser scored for Vancouver, which was playing the first of three games in four nights.

The game was delayed for several minutes midway through the third period after Vancouver’s Alexander Edler went down with a scary-looking injury. Edler’s skate got caught in Voracek’s stick, causing Edler to land face-first on the ice. With a bloodied face and dazed look, a conscious Edler was wheeled off on a stretcher while sitting upright.

Stars 5, Coyotes 4: Tyler Seguin scored a tie-breaking goal with 7:32 to play, and Dallas scored four goals in a wild third period on the way to a win over visiting Arizona. Roope Hintz, John Klingberg, Radek Faksa and Mattias Janmark also scored for the Stars. Ben Bishop made 39 saves as Dallas extended its winning streak to a season-best five games. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Kevin Connauton, Vinnie Hinostroza and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper finished with 24 saves.

Kings 4, Rangers 3: Tyler Toffoli scored 25 seconds into overtime to lift visiting Los Angeles. Toffoli’s ninth goal of the season came moments after the Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad rang the puck off the post behind goaltender Jonathan Quick. Adrian Kempe scored twice and Anze Kopitar added a goal for the Kings. Quick finished with 24 saves.

Maple Leafs 6, Ducks 1: Andreas Johnsson had two goals and two assists and Jake Muzzin added a goal and two assists as Toronto routed visiting Anaheim. William Nylander and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist, and Connor Brown also scored for Toronto, which has won three in a row at Scotiabank Arena after dropping six of its previous seven home games. Frederik Andersen made 24 saves for the Leafs. Zach Hyman added two assists. Rickard Rakell scored for Anaheim. John Gibson made 30 saves before being pulled in favor of Chad Johnson after Toronto scored its fifth goal.

Caps extend goalie: Washington signed backup goalie Pheonix Copley to a $3.3 million, three-year extension. The signing raises questions about the team’s goaltending plans. Starter Braden Holtby is signed only through the end of next season, and Washington has top goaltending prospect Ilya Samsonov and 2014 second-round pick Vitek Vanecek in the system.

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