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Giroux's two goals help Flyers rally past Jackets

PHILADELPHIA -- Claude Giroux scored the tying and winning goals in the final minutes of the third period, rallying the Philadelphia Flyers past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 on Thursday night.

Giroux scored two of the Flyers' five third-period goals as Philadelphia stormed back from a 3-0 hole.

Giroux's 100th NHL goal was perhaps his most amazing, a backhanded and blind shot that beat Curtis McElhinney up high with 1:39 left. The Flyers captain had tied it with 4:39 left.

Jakub Voracek, Braydon Coburn, Erik Gustafsson also scored goals for the Flyers. Steve Mason got the win in his first game against his former team.

Cam Atkinson, Jack Skille, Nick Foligno and Blake Comeau had goals for Columbus.

Sabres 4, Bruins 2 Drew Stafford scored the winning goal in the third period, and Ryan Miller made 34 saves in Buffalo's victory over Boston.

Marcus Foligno and Brian Flynn both had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Myers also scored for Buffalo, which has won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 15.

Stafford netted his first goal in 18 games.

Brad Marchand scored both Bruins goals, and Chad Johnson allowed four goals on 23 shots.

Penguins 5, Wild 2 Chris Kunitz scored his 19th goal, Sidney Crosby had two assists, and Pittsburgh jumped out to a four-goal lead before beating Minnesota en route to its season-high sixth straight victory.

Rookie defenseman Olli Maatta sealed the win when he scored on a third-period penalty shot. Pascal Dupuis and Brandon Sutter each scored for the second consecutive game, and defenseman Matt Niskanen also tallied for Pittsburgh, which has won 11 of 12 overall and nine straight at home.

Crosby had two assists to extend his season-best point streak to nine games. He leads the NHL with 51 points.

Jason Pominville netted his team-high 16th goal, and Dany Heatley scored 3:13 into the third period for the Wild.

Lightning 4, Predators 2 Anders Lindback made 28 saves and won in his first game against his former team, Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist, and Tampa Bay beat Nashville.

The Lightning also got goals from Martin St. Louis, Teddy Purcell and Richard Panik.

Lindback stopped six shots, including a pair of quality chances by David Legwand, during a two-minute stretch late in the first period. Tampa Bay acquired Lindback in a trade with Nashville on June 15, 2012.

Craig Smith had two goals for the Predators. Carter Hutton allowed four Lightning goals on just 14 shots. Hutton, who turned 28 on Thursday, was pulled after Panik's goal and replaced by Marek Mazanec.

Other games on Thursday:

Maple Leafs 2, Coyotes 1, SO

Panthers 4, Senators 2

Red Wings 3, Flames 2, OT

Stars 4, Canucks 1

Blues 5, Canadiens 1

Kings 4, Sharks 1

Avalanche 4, Oilers 2

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Erik Gustafsson #26, of the Philadelphia Flyers, skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 19. (AFP)

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