Ducks reclaim Pacific lead, Flyers eliminate Senators


The Anaheim Ducks reclaimed the lead in the NHL Pacific Division after a big 8-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. 

The Ducks were dominant in the first period, scoring three goals within the first seven minutes through Corey Perry, Jakob Silfverberg and Brandon Pirri. 

Goals from Jamie McGinn and Shea Theodore saw the Ducks extend their lead to 5-0 just five minutes, 30 seconds into the second period. 

Nate Thompson and Ryan Kesler also scored for the Ducks in the second, but the Flames got on the board thanks to Hunter Shinkaruk, Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie. 

The Ducks scored an eighth goal in the third period through Silfverberg to wrap up the dominant victory, moving them one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings.

The Philadelphia Flyers moved two points above of the Detroit Red Wings for the final wild card position in the Eastern Conference after a shoot-out win against the Washington Capitals. 

The scores were tied at 0-0 heading into the final period before Alexander Ovechkin gave the Capitals the lead. However, the Flyers responded through Brayden Schenn to send the game into overtime. 

No-one found the net in OT, meaning the game had to be decided via a shoot-out, and it was Nick Cousins who scored the winner for the Flyers after goaltender Steve Mason denied T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov. 

The win kept the Flyers ahead of the Red Wings but also ended the Ottawa Senators chances of a play-off spot, despite their 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. 

Goals from Zack Smith and Alex Chiasson either side of Mark Scheifele's effort for the Jets saw them secure victory, but the Flyers' win against the Capitals ended any hopes of a post-season berth.