PHILADELPHIA – David Aebischer stopped 27 shots, and Michael Ryder and Alex Kovalev scored goals to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

The Canadiens only needed regulation time to put this one away after opening the season with two straight shootouts. They split those, and now head home with two victories on their trip.

Montreal owes this one to Aebischer, simply stellar in earning his second win of the season. The Flyers couldn’t slip one past on the power play, wasting all eight chances, including an 0-for-4 effort in the first period.

The Flyers trailed 2-0 going into the third, but R.J. Umberger scored nearly 2 minutes into the period to energize the crowd.

It had no impact on Aebischer.

He stopped 13 shots in the third and kept the Flyers winless at home this season (0-1-1).

Fittingly, the Flyers came up empty playing the final 1:53 on a power play. Chris Higgins added a short-handed, empty-netter in the final seconds.

Starting his third straight game, Antero Niittymaki had 20 saves for the Flyers. Even with a torn labrum in his left hip, Niittymaki seems to have edged out Robert Esche as Philadelphia’s No. 1 goalie.

Niittymaki decided to have a cortisone shot instead of surgery to repair the tear, and it appears it was the smart move, even though he has only one win, so far.

Red Wings 9, Coyotes 2

DETROIT – Mathieu Schneider had three goals and an assist to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 9-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice, Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists, Henrik Zetterberg and Jason Williams had a goal and an assist each, and Kirk Maltby also scored for Detroit. Nicklas Lidstrom had three assists, and Niklas Kronwall chipped in with two.

Dominik Hasek made 19 saves for the Red Wings.

Schneider, in his 18th season as an NHL defenseman, recorded his second career hat trick. His other was last Nov. 26.

Panthers 6, Hurricanes 3

SUNRISE, Fla. – Gary Roberts and Olli Jokinen each scored twice to help the Florida Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 Wednesday night, keeping the defending Stanley Cup champions winless this season.

Stephen Weiss added a goal and two assists for the Panthers (2-1-1). Martin Gelinas also scored, and Jokinen and Todd Bertuzzi each had two assists.

Eric Belanger, Scott Walker and Andrew Hutchinson scored for Carolina (0-3-1), which has been outscored 18-7 this season.

The Hurricanes’ longest winless streak last season was four games.

Alexander Auld stopped 32 shots for Florida. John Grahame, making his first start for Carolina, had 26 saves.

Florida, which beat Boston 8-3 in its opener, has scored a franchise-best 14 goals in its first two home games.

The Panthers’ previous high was 10 in 1995-96.


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