NHL Last Night: Bruins Expand League Lead

David Krejci and Dennis Wideman scored 25 seconds apart in the third period, lifting the NHL-leading Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Michael Ryder also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 38-8-6.

Scott Hartnell had the lone goal for the flu-ridden Flyers. Philadelphia captain Mike Richards, defenseman Braydon Coburn and forward Scottie Upshall each sat out due to the virus.

The Flyers have lost five of eight games to drop to sixth in the Eastern Conference after a brief stay atop the Atlantic Division.

Boston's Tim Thomas made 25 saves, including several tough ones. Thomas leads the league in save percentage.

Wild 3, Ducks 0
Andrew Brunette and Mikko Koivu scored goals, and All-Star Niklas Backstrom made them stand with his sixth shutout of the season.

Backstrom made 34 saves, several requiring quick reactions from close in. Anaheim's Chris Kunitz had a short-handed breakaway midway through the period, but Backstrom denied him with his left pad. The Ducks went 0-for-5 on the power play.

The Wild picked up an important two points, without letting their opponent get one, in the crazy-competitive Western Conference playoff race. Anaheim is in fifth place with 57 points, and Minnesota moved into a sixth-place tie with Dallas with 55 points.

Red Wings 5, Coyotes 4
Niklas Lidstrom's power-play goal with 39 seconds left won it. Lidstrom's shot from the point went in off Coyotes defenseman Ken Klee's stick.

Marian Hossa scored two goals for the second consecutive game and Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson also scored for Detroit. Chris Osgood made 22 saves.

Ed Jovanovski and Joakim Lindstrom each had a goal and an assist and Todd Fedoruk and Joel Perrault also scored for Phoenix, which lost its fifth straight. Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves.

Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 0
Thomas Vanek scored a natural hat trick, and Ryan Miller was barely tested in stopping 16 shots for his second consecutive shutout.

Tim Connolly and Drew Stafford had a goal and assist each for Buffalo, playing its first home game in nearly three weeks after going 3-3 during a six-game road trip which spanned the NHL All-Star break. Vanek, who now has 32 goals, added an assist during his fifth career three-goal game and first this year.

The Maple Leafs were outshot 32-16 while showing no spark. They still appeared stunned after squandering a two-goal third-period lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to Florida on Tuesday.

Miller, who stopped 28 shots in a 2-0 win at Phoenix on Saturday, registered his fifth shutout of the season and hasn't allowed a goal in a span of 126:52, dating to a 5-2 loss at Calgary on Jan. 28.

Penguins 4, Lightning 3, OT
Evgeni Malkin finished a frantic Pittsburgh rally with 15.5 seconds left in overtime for his second goal. Malkin began the comeback, set off when he was checked by former teammate Mark Recchi into a corner early in the third, by scoring his first goal not long after that. He later set up Petr Sykora's tying goal with 3:29 remaining in regulation after Sykora assisted on Mark Eaton's goal.

The Penguins, three points below the Eastern Conference's playoff cutoff coming in, were in danger of losing their fourth in a row until NHL points leader Malkin scored his 23rd and 24th goals. Tampa Bay led 3-0 in rookie goalie Mike McKenna's first career start before dropping its fourth in a row.

Pittsburgh, 5-11-1 in its previous 17 games, did nothing against McKenna in the first two periods as Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had a goal and an assist. Former Pittsburgh forward Ryan Malone also scored.

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