DENVER (AP) Second night of a back-to-back on the road – at elevation no less. Losing their goaltender midway through the game. Blocking 33 shots.No wonder Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol was so complimentary.”Just a gutsy effort Womens Mark Giordano Jersey
,” he said.Ivan Provorov had a goal and an assist, Petr Mrazek stopped all 17 shots he faced in relief of starter Michal Neuvirth and the Flyers held off the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Wednesday night.Claude Giroux also scored as the Flyers climbed into third place in the Metropolitan Division. They’re tied in points (92) with second-place Pittsburgh, with the Penguins currently holding the tiebreaker.”Every point matters right now,” Mrazek said.Philadelphia looked crisp early – scoring both goals in the first period – despite losing in overtime at Dallas a night earlier. Neuvirth turned back 10 shots in his first game since suffering a lower-body injury on Feb. 18, but he exited the game midway through the second period for an undisclosed reason. Hakstol had no update after the game.Mrazek took over and was exceptional, especially in the last five minutes when the Avalanche turned up the pressure. He withstood a flurry of shots in the last few seconds, including one from Gabriel Landeskog where the red light briefly came on after the puck flew by the net.”Those five minutes felt like 15. So long,” Mrazek said. ”Lots of blocked shots in front of me Youth Matthew Tkachuk Jersey
, a couple of lucky bounces today. Didn’t see, I think, one or two pucks get to my pad. Big thanks to these guys in front the last five minutes.”Matt Nieto scored for an Avalanche team that’s on the outside of the playoff picture with five games remaining. They’ve lost three of four, including two of those at home where they’ve been stellar all season. The Avs are 16-4-1 at the Pepsi Center over their last 21 games.What’s more, Colorado’s offense has suddenly gone silent with five goals now in the last four games.”When our line goes cold we lose games,” star forward Nathan MacKinnon said. ”If we have some chances it’s up to us to bury them.”Andrew Hammond had 31 saves during an emergency start for Semyon Varlamov, who was sidelined by an illness. Varlamov had appeared in 21 straight games for the Avalanche.Hammond was called up from San Antonio of the American Hockey League earlier in the day as an insurance policy. It was his first appearance for Colorado after splitting time between the minors and a backup role. He also dealt with what the team called a head injury. Hammond was acquired as part of a three-team trade that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa in November.”I think it took me a period to get my legs under me,” said Hammond Michael Frolik Jersey
, who played in his first NHL game in more than a year. ”The unfortunate part is I guess the game-winning goal ended up being scored in that period. But as the game went on I settled in and started to feel better.”Nieto cut it to 2-1 by poking the puck past Neuvirth at 5:36 of the second period.Colorado pulled Hammond with around 90 seconds left but couldn’t score the equalizer despite turning up the pressure.Giroux put the Flyers up 1-0 in the first with his 27th goal, and Provorov added another nearly eight minutes later with a blast from the blue line.With Provorov’s score, the Flyers have 48 goals from their defensemen – the team’s most in a season since the group accounted for 52 in 1992-93.”This is how the game is played right now,” Provorov said. ”You can’t create offense with just three forwards. You have to move and have mobile `D.’ I think that’s what we have on our team.”NOTES: Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere set up Giroux’s goal. Gostisbehere has five assists over his last three games. … D Andrew MacDonald had seven blocked shots. … Avs RW Sven Andrighetto missed a third straight game with a lower-body injury. … Backup G Jonathan Bernier remains sidelined as he deals with a cut on his hand that became infected. He faced some shots during a morning skate Wednesday, but didn’t have his stick.UP NEXTFlyers: Host Boston on Sunday.Avalanche: Face Chicago on Friday before a three-game trip.— LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Palmieri and the New Jersey Devils have been struggling after a quick start to the season, but they hope Thursday night’s 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings can turn things around.Palmieri scored twice in a matchup of conference cellar dwellers as the Devils snapped a six-game losing streak and got just their third victory away from home.“This is a big road trip for us. We wanted to get off to a good start,” said Palmieri, who leads the Devils with 14 goals. “We scored timely goals and that’s what you need to do. It’s a fresh start. You can’t worry about what happened in October and November.”The right wing had seven goals in New Jersey’s first four games — all wins — but had been in a slump since then. Coming into Thursday Authentic Mikael Backlund Jersey
, he had just one goal in his past nine games. He also had not fared well against the Kings, going without a goal in his last 13 games against Los Angeles and scoring only two in 18 meetings.Both his goals came on wrist shots that beat Jonathan Quick to his glove side.Palmieri opened the scoring on a power-play goal with six minutes remaining in the first period off a pass from Taylor Hall, who had three assists. Palmieri then put the Devils up for good, 3-2, midway through the second period on a snap shot.New Jersey was clinging to a 4-3 lead midway through the third when Nico Hischier provided an insurance goal. He got position in the slot and was able to redirect Sami Vatanen’s shot past Quick for his sixth of the season.Blake Coleman added a late empty-net goal for his ninth.Travis Zajac and Will Butcher each had a goal and an assist. Keith Kinkaid, pulled after allowing four goals in two periods during Monday night’s loss to Tampa Bay, bounced back with 29 saves.“I thought his puck play was strong and his decisions were good,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “He did a good job of seeing pucks through traffic. He came up big for us in certain situations.”Brendan Leipsic Mike Smith Jersey
, Adrian Kempe and Kyle Clifford scored for the Kings, who have dropped four of five and are last in the NHL with 21 points. Quick stopped 29 shots.Leipsic scored his first goal with Los Angeles and third of the season on a wrist shot from just inside the right circle that went through Kinkaid’s legs with four minutes remaining in the first to tie it at 1. The left wing was claimed off waivers from Vancouver on Monday and was playing in his second game for the Kings.Kempe’s goal in the second came on a pass from Drew Doughty. The assist by Doughty gave him 334 for his career and made him the franchise leader among defensemen, surpassing Rob Blake.“We’re obviously super frustrated. It’s another game that we didn’t perform well enough. It’s frustrating. It’s embarrassing. It’s a lot of things,” Doughty said.NOTES: RW Nikita Scherbak’s debut with the Kings was pushed back another game due to visa delays. The 23-year-old Russian, claimed off waivers Sunday from Montreal, could be on the ice for Los Angeles’ next game Saturday. … Zajak’s goal was only the ninth time since 2000-01 that the Devils have scored in the first 25 seconds of the second period. … Kempe has two goals in his past three games.UP NEXTDevils: Continue their three-game road trip Sunday at Anaheim.Kings: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.