PHILADELPHIA – Jon Sim had the go-ahead goal, and Simon Gagne scored twice, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Michal Handzus and Turner Stevenson also had goals for the Flyers, who scored five straight.

Jamie Langenbrunner and Alexander Mogilny scored power-play goals to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead.

The new-look Flyers, who revamped their roster and came in as strong favorites to win the Stanley Cup, evened their record after losing their opener to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sim put the Flyers ahead 3-2 just 39 seconds into the third period. Sim took a pass from behind the net from Mike Richards and lifted a slap shot past goaltender Martin Brodeur.

Handzus gave Philadelphia a two-goal cushion, beating Brodeur with a shot on the stick side almost six minutes later. Stevenson, a former Devils player, scored on a short-handed breakaway to seal the victory.

Flames 3, Blue Jackets 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio -Jarome Iginla set up Daymond Langkow’s go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Calgary Flames beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night.

The Flames made it 2-1 early in the third period when Iginla streaked down the right wing, deked defenseman Francois Beauchemin and then sailed in on goaltender Marc Denis. Denis blocked Iginla’s shot but Langkow, who earlier assisted on Shean Donovan’s goal, swooped into the slot to tap in the rebound at the 4:44 mark.

Iginla’s assist tied him with Gary Roberts for seventh place on the Flames’ career points list with 505.

Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2

RALEIGH, N.C.- Cam Ward stuffed Sidney Crosby in the shootout to complete a stellar outing in his first NHL start, and Cory Stillman’s goal in the tiebreaker was enough to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

With the Hurricanes ahead in the shootout after Stillman scored in the first round, Crosby was Pittsburgh’s last chance. The 18-year-old phenom skated in and shot low, but Ward was up to the task even after Mario Lemieux and Ziggy Palffy failed to beat him in the first two rounds.

Thrashers 7, Capitals 3

WASHINGTON – Peter Bondra made a successful return to Washington, scoring the opening goal and adding two assists to send the Atlanta Thrashers on their way to a 7-3 victory Friday night over the Capitals.

Atlanta, shut out in a season-opening loss to Florida, scored its first four goals Friday on power plays. Marc Savard had a goal and his 200th career assist, Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists, and Bobby Holik, Jaroslav Modry, Eric Boulton and Vyacheslav Kozlov also scored.

Panthers 2, Lightning 0

SUNRISE, Fla. – After two games, Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers are perfect.

Luongo made 27 saves for his second straight shutout and Juraj Kolnik broke up a scoreless game with 2:27 left Friday night, leading Florida to a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Luongo hasn’t been dented yet this season, having shut out Atlanta on 34 shots in the season opener on Wednesday. He is picking up right where he left off before the lockout.

During the 2003-04 season, Luongo set NHL records for most saves (2,303) and most shots faced (2,475). No goalie with more than 50 starts had a better save percentage than Luongo’s .931, and he was fifth in the league with seven shutouts.

Blackhawks 6, Sharks 3

CHICAGO – Rookie Pavel Vorobiev had two goals and an assist, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 21 saves for his first win with the Blackhawks as Chicago defeated the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Friday night.

Jim Vandermeer, Tuomo Ruutu, Tyler Arnason and Jassen Cullimore also scored and defenseman Brent Seabrook had four assists as Chicago clicked for three power-play goals – including two 5-on-3 conversions – in seven chances.

Seabrook tied the Blackhawks records for assists and points in a game by a rookie. Vorobiev entered having scored only one goal in 19 previous NHL games.

Canucks send Fedor Fedorov to Rangers

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Fedor Fedorov became the second brother of an NHL All-Star to be traded to the New York Rangers in the last week. Fedorov, the younger sibling of Anaheim forward Sergei Fedorov, was sent from Vancouver to New York on Friday for forward Jozef Balej and a conditional draft pick. The Rangers originally announced that a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft was included in the deal.

Fedorov was assigned to Hartford of the AHL.

Last Friday, the Rangers acquired Marcel Hossa from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Garth Murray. Hossa’s brother Marian – a two-time All-Star with Ottawa – was recently dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers. Marcel Hossa has already worked out well for New York with two goals in as many games. The 24-year-old Fedorov spent last season in Russia during the NHL lockout and had seven goals and 10 assists in 29 games with Spartak and Magnitogorsk. In 15 NHL games over two seasons, all with Vancouver, the center had two assists. Fedorov skated in 58 games with Manitoba of the AHL during the 2003-04 season and had a professional-best 23 goals and 16 assists.

Balej, acquired from Montreal in the deal that sent Alex Kovalev to the Canadiens in March 2004, had 20 goals and 22 assists last season with Hartford.

He had one goal and four assists in 13 games with New York in 2003-04.

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