Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Flyers top Capitals to stay alive

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PHILADELPHIA — Michal Neuvirth skated off the Flyers' ice to a roar he wanted to hear.

Only thunderous cheers came from the fans, not flying objects.

Neuvirth had 31 saves in his first start of the playoff series, helping Philadelphia stave off a first-round sweep with a 2-1 win over the Capitals on Wednesday.

"We talked about it, let's have some fun and enjoy the moment. We did," Neuvirth said.

The Capitals lead the series 3-1 headed into Game 5 on Friday.

Shayne Gostisbehere and Andrew MacDonald scored for the Flyers in a distraction-free game after Game 3's embarrassing end, when fans pelted the ice with souvenir wristbands.

Neuvirth was sensational in the third period after T.J. Oshie scored early to make it 2-1.

Flyers rookie coach Dave Hakstol shuffled the lineup for the win-or-else game. He benched No. 1 goalie Steve Mason for Neuvirth and moved Brayden Schenn to the top line and demoted Jake Voracek.

The game was marred by a scary hit that saw Flyers center Scott Laughton leave on a stretcher.

He was taken off the ice after he crashed into the boards late in the first. Washington defenseman John Carlson tangled with Laughton behind the Capitals' net. Laughton stumbled, and his head and neck slammed into the back boards. He went down in a heap face-first and was immobile for several minutes.

He was taken to a hospital, where all tests were negative, the Flyers said.

Panthers get even with Isles: Alex Petrovic scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Panthers beat the host Islanders 2-1 to even their series at two games apiece. Teddy Purcell also scored for Florida, and Jaromir Jagr had an assist for his 200th career playoff point. Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots. John Tavares had his third goal of the series for New York, and Thomas Greiss finished with 27 saves.

Hawk suspended for homophobic slur: Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for one game for using a homophobic slur and fined $5,000 for directing an obscene gesture toward on-ice officials during a penalty-box tirade near the end of Game 4 of the Western Conference series against the Blues on Tuesday. Shaw will miss tonight's Game 5 in which Chicago would be eliminated with a loss. Shaw apologized Wednesday, saying the emotion of the moment got to him. "I have no excuses for anything. I want to apologize to the gay and lesbian community. That's not the type of guy I am," he said. Shaw also is required to undergo sensitivity training.

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First Period1, Philadelphia, Gostisbehere 1 (Giroux, Simmonds), 5:51 (pp). PenaltiesChorney, Was (interference), 5:03.

Second Period2, Philadelphia, MacDonald 1 (Simmonds, Schenn), 3:51. PenaltiesGagner, Phi (interference), 14:31; Backstrom, Was (holding), 17:48; Voracek, Phi (holding), 18:16.

Third Period3, Washington, Oshie 1 (Niskanen, Alzner), 2:38. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalWashington 10-9-13—32. Philadelphia 12-9-4—25. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 0 of 2; Philadelphia 1 of 2. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 3-1-0 (25 shots-23 saves). Philadelphia, Neuvirth 1-0-0 (32-31).

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesCizikas, NYI (tripping), 2:04; Huberdeau, Fla (tripping), 6:06.

Second Period1, Florida, Purcell 2 (Jagr, Ekblad), 15:18 (pp). 2, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 3 (Pulock, Nelson), 19:44 (pp). PenaltiesMartin, NYI (tripping), 14:03; Barkov, Fla (slashing), 17:43; Kulikov, Fla (trip), 19:04.

Third Period3, Florida, Petrovic 1 (MacKenzie, Wilson), 9:25. PenaltiesNelson, NYI (slashing), 4:26; de Haan, NYI (hooking), 12:20; Huberdeau, Fla (hooking), 16:27. Shots on GoalFlorida 10-11-8—29. N.Y. Islanders 5-12-10—27. Power-play opportunitiesFlorida 1 of 4; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 4. GoaliesFlorida, Luongo 2-2-0 (27 shots-26 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Greiss 2-2-0 (29-27).

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