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Mason stops 30 shots in Flyers' 1-0 win over Maple Leafs

Mason stops 30 shots, Del Zotto scores in Flyers' 1-0 win over Maple Leafs
Dan Gelston, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Steve Mason's first shutout of the season still kept him shut out of the win column.

Mason's stellar effort in shutout No. 2 not only earned him a victory this time around, Philadelphia's flickering playoff got a needed boost.

Mason stopped all 30 shots and Michael Del Zotto scored to help the Philadelphia Flyers beat Toronto 1-0 on Saturday night and send the Maple Leafs to their ninth straight loss.

Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita has brain disorder

Family says Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita diagnosed with Lewy body dementia
Caryn Rousseau, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - The family of Stan Mikita said Friday that the Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer has been diagnosed with a suspected brain disorder and is "facing some serious health issues."

He "is currently under the care of compassionate and understanding care givers," his family said in a statement. They offered no other information on Mikita's condition other than noting that he may suffer from Lewy body dementia.

Price, Pacioretty lift Canadiens to 1-0 win over Rangers

Pacioretty's late goal gives Price, Canadiens a 1-0 win over Rangers, who have lost 2 straight
Ira Podell, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Carey Price had an early feeling that one goal might be enough to settle the latest matchup between his Montreal Canadiens and longtime Original Six foe, the New York Rangers.

Price outdueled counterpart Henrik Lundqvist, and earned a key win on the strength of Max Pacioretty's goal with 4:17 left that lifted Montreal over New York 1-0 on Thursday night.

Philadelphia tops Winnipeg 5-2 for 3rd straight victory

Schultz scores rare goal, leads Flyers to 3rd straight victory, 5-2 over Winnipeg
Dan Gelston, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Nick Schultz makes a living trying to keep pucks out of the net, instead of shooting them.

When Schultz does have a rare shot to score, the defenceman enjoys the chance to cash in.

"It must be nice to be a goal scorer," he said. "They get paid a lot more, too."

Schultz chipped in with a rare goal, and Wayne Simmonds, Chris VandeVelde, Brayden Schenn also scored, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Martin Brodeur joins Blues as adviser

Retired Brodeur joins Blues as adviser, won't rule out return to Devils
Nate Latsch, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Martin Brodeur may one day return to the New Jersey Devils, where he won three Stanley Cups and cemented his place as the goaltender with more wins than any other in NHL history.

Up first, though, is some serious time with the St. Louis Blues.

Josefson and Elias score in SO, Devils top Maple Leafs 2-1

Devils send Maple Leafs to 7th straight loss, top Toronto 2-1 in shootout
Tom Canavan, The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. - If the New Jersey Devils are going to make a run at the playoffs, they are going to have to win games in which they don't play well.

That is just what they did against the reeling Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout, Cory Schneider made 29 saves through overtime, and the Devils rallied late to beat Toronto 2-1, extending the Maple Leafs' losing streak to a season-high seven games.

Crosby-less Penguins rally for 5-3 win over Winnipeg

Letang picks up 5 assists as Crosby-less Penguins rally for 5-3 win over Jets
Will Graves, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - For a team seemingly so reliant on megastars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins sure do seem to handle their business when forced to play without them.

Flyers F Rinaldo suspended for 8 games by NHL

NHL suspends Flyers F Zac Rinaldo for 8 games for hit on Penguins D Kris Letang
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL has suspended Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo for eight games for charging and boarding Penguins defenceman Kris Letang.

Rinaldo is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the league's labour agreement. He loses $73,170.72 in salary, which goes to the players' emergency assistance fund.

The play occurred at 15:36 of the first period of Philadelphia's 3-2 overtime victory last Tuesday. Rinaldo was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Richards waived by champion Los Angeles Kings

Richards waived by Los Angeles Kings after years of declining production
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - The Los Angeles Kings decided they could wait no longer for Mike Richards to regain his championship form.

The Kings put Richards on waivers Monday when they returned from the all-star break, finally acknowledging the veteran centre's declining play.

Predicted blizzard already impacting Rangers' plans

With potential for historic blizzard on the horizon, Rangers shift practice to Long Island
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The impending blizzard predicted for New York and the surrounding suburbs is already changing plans for the hometown Rangers.

With the NHL All-Star break ending Monday, the Rangers had planned to practice at their training centre rink in Westchester County one day before travelling to Long Island to play the rival New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

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