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Flyers gain playoff spot with win

CHICAGO — Defenseman Radko Gudas scored on a deflected shot in the third period and the surging Flyers beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday to move into a wild card playoff spot.

Philadelphia improved to 8-1-1 in its past 10 games and leapfrogged idle Detroit for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago lost its fourth consecutive game.

Expansion draft: While the NHL decides whether to add teams, it has come up with a framework for an expansion draft. The plan was distributed to general managers at their meeting in Boca Raton. Las Vegas and Quebec City have applied for expansion teams. If one is added, teams possibly would lose one player each. If both are added, team could lose two players. Teams could protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie or eight skaters and a goalie. Players in their first two years in any league and unsigned draft picks would be exempt.

Canadiens 0 2 0 1 3
at Sabres 1 0 1 0 2
Canadiens 0 2 0 1 3
at Sabres 1 0 1 0 2

First1, Buf, Bogosian 5 (R.O'Reilly, Ristolainen), 15:17 (pp). PenaltiesBartley, Mon (holding), 14:16; Beaulieu, Mon (elbow), 18:58; Gorges, Buf (cross-checking), 18:58; Plekanec, Mon (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:28; Kane, Buf (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:28.

Second2, Mon, Pateryn 1 (Galchenyuk), :47. 3, Mon, Markov 5 (Plekanec, Pacioretty), 19:57 (pp). PenaltiesPateryn, Mon (trip), 1:09; Colaiacovo, Buf (high-stick), 6:48; M.Brown, Mon, served by Andrighetto, double minor (roughing), 15:20; Pysyk, Buf (roughing), 15:20; Beaulieu, Mon, misconduct, 17:31; Moulson, Buf, misconduct, 17:31; McCabe, Buf (hooking), 17:31; McCarron, Mon (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:30; Bogosian, Buf, double minor-misconduct (roughing), 19:30; Lehner, Buf, served by C.O'Reilly (roughing), 19:30.

Third4, Buf, Foligno 10 (Legwand, Pysyk), 11:56 (sh). PenaltiesFoligno, Buf (interfere), 1:24; Deslauriers, Buf, misconduct, 1:24; Kane, Buf (cross-check, unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:03; Markov, Mon (illegal check to head minor), 18:03. OT5, Mon, Byron 9, 3:15. PenaltyMarkov, Mon, misconduct, 2:58. SOGMon 5-10-7-0—22. Buf 15-10-13-5—43. PPsMon 1-6; Buf 1-4. GoaliesMon, Scrivens 5-6-0 (43 shots-41 saves). Buf, Lehner 5-9-5 (15-12), Johnson (4:28 third, 7-7), Lehner 5-9-5 (0:00 OT).

Flyers 1 1 1 3
at Blackhawks 1 1 0 2

First1, Chi, Hossa 11 (Anisimov, Hjalmarsson), 8:18 (sh). 2, Phi, White 9 (MacDonald, Couturier), 18:48 (pp). PenaltiesToews, Chi (hook), 7:36; Bellemare, Phi (high-stick), 9:54; VandeVelde, Phi (delay game), 10:01; Panarin, Chi (interfere), 17:06; VandeVelde, Phi (elbow), 19:30.

Second3, Chi, Toews 25 (Kane), 4:58. 4, Phi, Schenn 24 (Giroux, Simmonds), 13:02. PenaltiesNone.

Third5, Phi, Gudas 3 (Couturier, Raffl), 9:53. PenaltiesNone. SOGPhi 8-17-4—29. Chi 12-10-4—26. PPsPhi 1 of 2; Chi 0 of 3. GoaliesPhi, Neuvirth 17-8-4 (26 shots-24 saves). Chi, Darling 6-6-2 (29-26).

Playoff glance

The top three teams in each division get playoff berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals get wild card berths regardless of their division. Wild card standings with points, games left (GL; fewer games played is the first tiebreaker) and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, the second tiebreaker)

East Pts GL ROW

Penguins 82 13 34

Flyers 80 13 32

Red Wings 79 12 32

Hurricanes 75 12 30

West Pts GL ROW

Predators 83 12 32

Wild 75 12 31

Avalanche 74 12 32*

Coyotes 67 13 29

* Late game not included

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