Flyers Win A Wild One – NHL News And Scores For February 21st
UNDATED (AP) — On NHL ice, Jakub Voracek (YA’-kuhb VOHR’-rah-chehk) scored the go-ahead goal with 1:31 left to cap a hat trick and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a wild 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Voracek’s third goal came 33 seconds after Pittsburgh’s Brandon Sutter tied the game on a wraparound as the Penguins rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits in the third period.
Voracek’s first goal of the game came on the power play. That gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with 9.9 seconds left in the second period. His second, the 200th point of his NHL career, put Philadelphia ahead by two goals 18 seconds into the third period.
In the rest of the abbreviated three-game NHL slate:
— David Jones scored at 4:43 of overtime and Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in front of a smattering of boisterous fans that braved a winter storm in Denver.
__ The L.A. Kings posted a 3-1 road win at Calgary. Trevor Lewis scored the go-ahead goal for the Kings, who swept back-to-back games in Alberta.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have fired coach Lindy Ruff as a result of the team’s inconsistent start to the season. Ruff was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL, hired in 1997. Ruff was the Sabres’ winningest coach, posting a 571-432-162 record.
Ruff was relieved of his duties shortly after the team held a 90-minute practice, and a day after the Sabres were booed several times by their home fans during a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
The 6-10-1 Sabres have gone 4-10-1 since opening the season with back-to-back wins.
Ron Rolston has been hired as the Sabres interim coach for the remainder of the season. He was in his second season as coach of AHL Rochester, the Sabres’ minor-league affiliate.
In other NHL news:
— Goalie Viktor Fasth (fahst) has agreed to a two-year, $5.8 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks after an 8-0-0 start to his first NHL season. The Pacific Division-leading Ducks have the NHL’s second-best record at 12-2-1.
— The Carolina Hurricanes say forward Jeff Skinner has a concussion and is day to day. The NHL’s 2011 rookie of the year missed the Hurricanes’ loss at Montreal on Monday night with what was initially described as an upper body injury.
— Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen has been suspended for Thursday’s game against Dallas by the NHL for roughing Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah).