Read, Lauridsen key Flyers' win
Philadelphia overpowers Bruins, 5-2 ASSOCIATED PRESS
Matt Read and Oliver Lauridsen scored goals 7 seconds apart to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Scott Hartnell, Jakub Voracek and Simon Gagne also scored for the Flyers, who failed to make the playoffs this season.
Wade Redden and David Krejci had goals for the Bruins. The Bruins are second in the Eastern Conference and lead the Northeast Division. But the Bruins and Montreal both have 59 points. New Jersey beat Montreal 3-2 on Tuesday night.
The Flyers paid tribute to Boston in the Bruins' first road game since the Boston Marathon bombings. The Flyers showed a message on the video board that read, "From One Tough Town to Another." They also had video images of four blue-yellow ribbons that said, "Boston Strong," on each faceoff circle.
There was a pregame video set to "Carry On" by Fun that included clips of marathon first responders and other rescue personnel.
Flyers fans stood and cheered, and players from both teams banged their sticks against the boards when the pregame tribute ended.
Then Philadelphia pitched in with its wallets. The 50/50 raffle that usually supports Philadelphia charities went to onefundboston.org. The Flyers ended the 50-50 with $85,595 last shown on the board. Also, the Flyers were set to put their jerseys up for auction at meigray.com, with proceeds also benefiting onefundboston.org.
With fans still on their feet from a stirring rendition of "God Bless America," Hartnell kept them there with a goal only 1:40 into the game. Hartnell, who missed a month with a broken foot, scored his eighth goal of the season.
Hartnell's injury was just one of dozens suffered by the Flyers and a big reason why the team missed the playoffs. The Flyers had 11 players scratched for the game, with defenseman Kimmo Timonen joining the list Tuesday. Timonen has a compression fracture in his right foot.
General manager Paul Holmgren said before the game the Flyers could not use injuries as an excuse for underachieving.
Sabres 4, Penguins 2: Thomas Vanek scored twice, and Ryan Miller stopped 40 shots as Buffalo edged Pittsburgh.
Steve Ott gave Buffalo the lead for good when he batted a rebound out of the air past Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury with 2:34 left and Vanek added an empty-netter in the final minute.
Jochen Hecht also scored for the Sabres, who never trailed while snapping the Penguins' seven-game winning streak.
Chris Kunitz scored his 22nd goal for Pittsburgh and Jarome Iginla scored in his fourth straight game but it wasn't enough. Fleury made 29 saves but failed to pick up his 23rd win of the season.
Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin assisted on Iginla's goal to pick up a point in his return after missing four games with a lingering shoulder injury.
Capitals 5, Jets 3: Washington clinched the Southeast Division title, completing a stark turnaround in a lockout-shortened season by beating Winnipeg.
Panthers 3, Rangers 2: Marcel Goc and Drew Shore scored third-period goals as Florida prevented New York from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Devils 3, Canadiens 2: Patrik Elias scored his 375th NHL goal, and Martin Brodeur made 19 saves for his 669th victory as New Jersey nipped Montreal.
Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3: New York clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite its shootout loss to Carolina.
Blues 3, Avalanche 1: Chris Stewart reached career milestones of 100 goals and 100 assists and St. Louis clinched a playoff berth with two games to spare by beating Colorado.
Wild 2, Kings 1: Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck scored 16 seconds apart late in the first period, helping Minnesota break its five-game home losing streak and hang on for a critical win over Los Angeles.