CHICAGO — Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist and Claude Giroux a career-high four assists as the Flyers defeated the Blackhawks 4-1 on Sunday. It marked the only regular-season rematch of last season's Stanley Cup final.
"Nothing was said in the room before (the game)," said Carter, whose Flyers lost the final in six games. "I think each guy individually knew what was going on."
Philadelphia has won nine of its past 11. Chicago lost in regulation for the first time since Jan. 5, a span of six games.
"It seems like they had five guys in the neutral zone," said Marian Hossa, who scored Chicago's only goal, on a third-period penalty shot (awarded after Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn closed his hand on the puck in the crease during a goal-mouth scramble).
"They were waiting for our mistakes, and it was hard to get the puck by them."
Game highlights: Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists and Jason Arnott two goals to lead the host Devils past the Panthers 5-2. New Jersey is 6-0-1 in its past seven, the only blip an overtime loss at Florida on Jan. 15. … Nathan Gerbe scored the tiebreaker on a power play 1:48 into the third as the visiting Sabres beat the Islanders 5-3. New York won the teams' meeting Friday in Buffalo 5-2.
Nabokov hangs up on his new boss
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Islanders general manager Garth Snow said goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who hasn't reported to the team after being claimed Saturday, hung up on him.
The Red Wings signed the former Shark standout Thursday but had to put him through waivers because he started the season in Russia. Snow said when he identified himself on the phone Saturday, Nabokov hung up.
Sunday, Nabokov's agent said his client didn't realize who he was talking to. And after that, the two talked.
Nabokov, 35, said he has no plans to report but spurning the Islanders, who are out of playoff contention, was not personal.
"I'm at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs," he said. "I don't see how I could help the Islanders. I was surprised they picked me up. I was like, 'Wow! What's the point?' "
Crosby reportedly out of All-Star Game: Penguins star center Sidney Crosby, who has missed eight games due to a concussion, won't play in the All-Star Game, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. There was no official word from the team or league. The Tribune-Review also reported teammate Evgeni Malkin is unlikely to play. He has missed two games with a sore left knee and sinus infection.
Around the league: Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who has six goals and 11 assists and is a team-best plus-20, is out indefinitely. His eye swelled shut after Saturday's fight against the Flames' Tom Kostoploulos. … Flyers wing James van Riemsdyk, who has 12 goals and 11 assists, is day to day with a lower-body injury sustained Saturday against the Devils.
First Period—None. Penalties—Hartnell, Phi, major (fighting), 6:37; Bickell, Chi, major (fighting), 6:37; Hjalmarsson, Chi (tripping), 7:18; Coburn, Phi (holding), 10:13.
Second Period—1, Philadelphia, Carter 21 (Giroux, Zherdev), :49. Penalties—Briere, Phi (cross-checking), 7:04; Carcillo, Phi, major (fighting), 13:46; Dowell, Chi, major (fighting), 13:46.
Third Period—2, Philadelphia, Zherdev 15 (Giroux), 2:28. 3, Philadelphia, Carter 22 (Giroux), 5:21. 4, Chicago, Hossa 11 (penalty shot), 6:49. 5, Philadelphia, Hartnell 17 (Carter, Giroux), 19:08 (en). Penalties—Brouwer, Chi (tripping), 8:50. Shots on Goal—Philadelphia 9-19-6—34. Chicago 11-9-11—31. Power-play opportunities—Philadelphia 0 of 2; Chicago 0 of 2. Goalies—Philadelphia, Bobrovsky 20-6-3 (31 shots-30 saves). Chicago, Crawford 16-9-2 (33-30). A—21,660 (19,717).
First Period—1, New Jersey, Kovalchuk 14 (Greene, Zajac), 4:20. 2, New Jersey, Arnott 11 (Mair, Fayne), 19:58. Penalties—None.
Second Period—3, Florida, Matthias 6 (Stillman, Bernier), 7:22. 4, New Jersey, Rolston 5 (Kovalchuk, Clarkson), 12:48 (pp). 5, New Jersey, Elias 13 (Rolston, Kovalchuk), 17:19 (pp). Penalties—Arnott, NJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:38; Ellerby, Fla (hooking), 11:53; Callahan, Fla (tripping), 16:42; Weaver, Fla (boarding), 17:00.
Third Period—6, Florida, Reasoner 10 (Dvorak, Stillman), 5:56. 7, New Jersey, Arnott 12 (Pelley, Tallinder), 18:13 (en). Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Florida 7-7-12—26. New Jersey 8-9-6—23. Power-play opportunities—Florida 0 of 1; New Jersey 2 of 3. Goalies—Florida, Clemmensen 5-6-2 (8 shots-6 saves), Markstrom (0:00 second, 14-12). New Jersey, Brodeur 10-18-2 (26-24). A—15,109 (17,625).
First Period—1, Buffalo, Gaustad 5 (Niedermayer, Grier), :15. Penalties—Gaustad, Buf (hooking), 6:15.
Second Period—2, N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 16 (Tavares), 1:15 (pp). 3, Buffalo, Ennis 12 (Hecht, Pominville), 4:58. 4, N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 17 (Parenteau, Tavares), 13:27. Penalties—Buffalo bench, served by Myers (delay of game), :14; Hecht, Buf, double minor (high-sticking), 14:00; Bailey, NYI, double minor (high-sticking), 18:07.
Third Period—5, Buffalo, Gerbe 6 (Ennis, Myers), 1:48 (pp). 6, Buffalo, Myers 6 (Gerbe, Byron), 3:51. 7, N.Y. Islanders, Hillen 3 (Grabner, Nielsen), 16:37. 8, Buffalo, Pominville 11 (Montador, Leopold), 19:36 (en). Penalties—Gaustad, Buf (roughing), 2:00; Tavares, NYI (roughing), 2:00. Shots on Goal—Buffalo 10-5-8—23. N.Y. Islanders 10-17-7—34. Power-play opportunities—Buffalo 1 of 2; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 4. Goalies—Buffalo, Miller 20-14-4 (34 shots-31 saves). N.Y. Islanders, DiPietro 7-8-4 (22-18). A—10,120 (16,234).