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Flyers top Ranger for season-first win

PHILADELPHIA -- Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored to help the Philadelphia Flyers win their first game of the season, 2-1 over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

The Flyers not only avoided their first 0-4 start in team history, they beat the Rangers for the first time in two seasons. The Rangers defeated the Flyers all six games last season.

Taylor Pyatt scored his third of the season for New York.

Both teams are last in the Atlantic Division at 1-3.

The Rangers lost one night after earning their first win of the season, a 4-3 overtime victory at home against Boston.

Blackhawks 3, Stars 2, OT In Dallas, Marian Hossa scored his NHL-leading fifth goal on a power play 1:41 into overtime to give Chicago a comeback victory over Dallas.

With Stars captain Brenden Morrow in the penalty box for interference, Hossa fired a one-timer from the slot past goalie Kari Lehtonen after receiving a nifty, behind-the-back pass from Patrick Kane.

Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who improved to 4-0 and matched the franchise's best start set during the 1972-73 season. Corey Crawford made 21 saves and stopped Ryan Garbutt on a penalty shot.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews tied it at 2 with 5:53 left in regulation. All of Chicago's goals came on the power play.

Ray Whitney and Loui Eriksson scored for the Stars. Lehtonen made 38 saves.

Oilers 2, Kings 1, OT In Edmonton, Sam Gagner scored a power-play goal 3:01 into overtime and Edmonton rallied past Los Angeles to leave the defending Stanley Cup champions winless in three games this season.

Nail Yakupov tied it for the Oilers with 4.7 seconds left in the third period. His exuberant celebration took him to center ice, where he dropped to his knees and slid into Edmonton's defensive zone.

Gagner then snuck in from the point to score the game-winner after the Kings were caught with too many men on the ice. Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for the win.

Jeff Carter scored for Los Angeles (0-2-1), winless after three games for the first time since the 1985-86 season.

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Philadelphia Flyers' Tom Sestito #32 collides with New York Rangers' Jeff Halpern #15 during the first period of an NHL game in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 24. (AP)

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