PHILADELPHIA – Ethan Moreau scored two short-handed goals, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the undermanned Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Jarret Stoll also scored for the Oilers, who won for the fifth time in seven games.

Branko Radivojevic and Sami Kapanen had goals for Philadelphia, which was missing several key players.

The Flyers are without leading scorer Peter Forsberg (groin), captain Keith Primeau (concussion), starting goaltender Robert Esche (groin) and top defensemen Eric Desjardins (shoulder) and Joni Pitkanen (sports hernia).

Stoll backhanded a shot past goalie Antero Niittymaki during a power play to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Stoll then set up Moreau’s second short-handed goal with a long, clearing pass. Moreau outraced two Flyers to get the puck, skated in and slipped a shot past Niittymaki for his seventh goal to make it 3-1 in the second.

Wild 5, Penguins 0

PITTSBURGH – Marian Gaborik stole the puck from Pittsburgh forward Shane Endicott and scored barely a minute into the game, setting the tone for the Minnesota Wild’s 5-0 rout Thursday night that ran the Penguins’ losing streak to six games in their latest contest without Mario Lemieux.

Alexandre Daigle, a former Penguins player, ended a 14-game stretch without a goal by scoring twice and Wes Walz and Brian Rolston also scored for the Wild, which had lost four in a row and five of six.

Sabres 3, Mighty Ducks 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Maxim Afinogenov scored 2:11 into overtime, and Thomas Vanek added a penalty-shot goal to rally the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Thursday night.

Ales Kotalik also scored for the Sabres, who won for the 10th time in 12 games.

Joffrey Lupul had a goal and an assist, and Chris Kunitz also scored for Anaheim, which lost its second straight.

During a power play in overtime, Afinogenov ripped a slap shot past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the right circle. Martin Biron won his ninth straight start, making 28 saves.

With 11:54 remaining in the third period, Vanek broke in alone on Giguere, but was hooked from behind by defenseman Ruslan Salei. On the ensuing penalty shot, Vanek faked a slap shot, before deking Giguere to tie it at 1.

Lupul made it 2-1 just over two minutes later with his 12th goal, but Kotalik tied it at 2 with 31/2 minutes left in regulation.

Jackets 4, Islanders 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio – David Vyborny used a wrist shot to score the only goal in the shootout and lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

The Islanders’ Mark Parrish scored the tying goal, his ninth of the season, with 37 seconds left in regulation. He slid in a loose puck from close range with the Islanders on a 6-on-4 skating advantage after goalie Rick DiPietro was pulled.

Sergei Fedorov scored his first goal with the Blue Jackets and Nikolai Zherdev and Adam Foote also scored for Columbus, which had a season-high three power-play tallies.

Lightning 5, Blues 4

TAMPA, Fla. – John Grahame tied a Lightning record with his eighth consecutive win, and Martin St. Louis scored a tiebreaking goal with 6:30 left in Tampa Bay’s 5-4 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Grahame made 17 saves in equaling the top Tampa Bay winning streak set by Nikolai Khabibulin in 2004. Ruslan Fedotenko had two goals, including an empty-netter with 33.5 seconds remaining.

St. Louis scored on a rebound shot from the left circle to put Tampa Bay up 4-3. Tim Taylor got the Lightning even at 3 when he lifted an in-close shot over Patrick Lalime at 6:15 of the third.

Rangers 5, Predators 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Petr Prucha and Steve Rucchin each scored two goals, and the New York Rangers beat Nashville 5-1 Thursday night to snap the Predators’ four-game winning streak.

The teams came into the game tied with the NHL’s best records in shootouts at 4-1, but the Rangers never had to worry about that in winning for the eighth time in 10 games.

Jaromir Jagr moved ahead of Jason Spezza of Ottawa for the NHL points lead when he scored his 22nd goal at 12:31 of the first period. He then added two assists as the Rangers had much more energy than Nashville even though both were playing for a second straight night.

New York, which hasn’t made the playoffs since 1997, is on top of the NHL standings with 44 points.

Yanic Perreault helped Nashville avoid the shutout by rookie Henrik Lundqvist when he scored his seventh at 4:15 of the third. But Lundqvist stopped 30 shots for New York, which rebounded from a 2-1 overtime loss at Chicago on Wednesday.

NBA

Pacers 111, Wizards 87

INDIANAPOLIS – Stephen Jackson scored 30 points and Jermaine O’Neal had 25 to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Washington Wizards 111-87 on Thursday night.

The Pacers bounced back from losses to Seattle and Dallas, despite playing without forward Ron Artest. Artest, the NBA leader in steals per game and Indiana’s second-leading scorer, missed the game because of a right wrist injury.

Without Artest in the lineup, Anthony Johnson and Fred Jones shared the responsibility of guarding Washington star Gilbert Arenas, the league’s fourth-leading scorer. Arenas was averaging 28 points, but the Pacers held him to 17 on 5-for-18 shooting. Antawn Jamison added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards.

Washington scored the game’s first eight points and led 30-18 at the end of the first quarter.

The Wizards extended that lead to 16 points early in the second quarter, but the Pacers made 14 of 19 shots in the period to cut Washington’s lead to one at 51-50 at halftime. Jackson scored 13 points in the quarter.

The Pacers made 16 of 23 shots in the third quarter to take an 87-71 lead.

The 37-point quarter was the Pacers’ best this season.


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