PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carter Hart made 22 saves in his NHL debut and Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night and made interim coach Scott Gordon a winner in his first game.
Radko Gudas also scored for Philadelphia, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Flyers were playing their first game since head coach Dave Hakstol was fired on Monday, a more that capped a tumultuous few weeks. General manager Ron Hextall was fired last month and new GM Chuck Fletcher ended Hakstol’s four-year tenure after a 1-4 road trip was punctuated by Saturday’s 5-1 loss at Vancouver. The Flyers entered the game last in the Eastern Conference with 28 points.
Fletcher promoted Gordon from the Flyers’ AHL Lehigh Valley affiliate.
Dennis Cholowski and Jacob de la Rose scored for Detroit, which has lost four in a row and five of six.
MAPLE LEAFS 7, DEVILS 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Patrick Marleau scored in the opening 13:38 to lead Toronto.
Nazem Kadri matched his career high with three assists and Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly added second-period goals as Toronto embarrassed New Jersey for the second time this season and won for the seventh time in 11 games. Tyler Ennis scored two late goals.
Frederik Andersen made 27 saves in winning for the second time in his last five starts.
Sami Vatanen and Nico Hischier scored for the struggling Devils, who are 3-6-6 in their last 15 games. Keith Kinkaid gave up five goals on 21 shots before being lifted with New Jersey down 5-1 after 40 minutes.
PANTHERS 5, SABRES 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Evgenii Dadonov had two goals and an assist to pace Florida.
Troy Brouwer, Aleksander Barkov and Frank Vatrano also scored for the Panthers, who scored three goals in a span of 2:44 in the third period. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.
Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Buffalo, which lost to Florida for the seventh consecutive time. Carter Hutton made 30 saves.
RANGERS 3, DUCKS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hayes scored on a short-handed breakaway with 40 seconds remaining and New York rallied to beat Anaheim.
Vladislav Namestnikov had a goal and two assists, and Filip Chytil added an empty-netter in the Rangers’ three-goal third period. Alexandar Georgiev, called up on Sunday after a stint in the minors, stopped 14 shots to help New York win for the second time in eight games (2-3-3).
Pontus Aberg scored on a deflection in the second period for the Ducks, who had won nine of their previous 10 games. Chad Johnson, claimed off waivers from St. Louis on Dec. 11, finished with 21 saves in his Anaheim debut.