PHILADELPHIA — Nolan Patrick scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Petr Mrazek made 19 saves in his Philadelphia debut, leading the streaking Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist, and Shayne Gostisbehere added two assists for the Flyers, who won their fourth straight game while improving to 8-0-2 in the last 10. The Flyers began play comfortably in a playoff position, three points behind first-place Washington and two back of Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division.

Artemi Panarin scored for Columbus, which entered clinging to the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets were just one point ahead of idle Carolina and the Islanders, who lost at Toronto.

Mrazek was acquired in a trade with Detroit on Monday night. Philadelphia needed a goalie after backup Michal Neuvirth went down with a lower-body injury on Sunday that will keep him out 4 to 6 weeks. Regular starter Brian Elliott already was out with a lower-body injury.

Mrazek won 72 games in six seasons with the Red Wings.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, ISLANDERS 3: Tyler Bozak scored the shootout winner and Toronto edged visiting New York.


Auston Matthews tipped in Jake Gardiner’s shot to tie it 3-all with 3:29 remaining in the third period, but later left the game favoring his right side after taking a hit from Cal Clutterbuck and did not return. Matthews missed six games in December with a concussion and another four games with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly had the other Maple Leafs goals, and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves. Toronto (38-20-5) has won eight straight at home.

WILD 4, DEVILS 2: Joel Eriksson Ek and Chris Stewart scored in a 39-second span during a three-goal second period as Minnesota topped host New Jersey.


TRADE: The Boston Bruins traded forward Frank Vatrano to the Florida Panthers for a third-round pick in the June draft.

Vatrano has appeared in 25 games with Boston this season, scoring two goals.

COYOTES: Arizona signed Darcy Kuemper to a two-year contract extension, a day after acquiring the goalie from the Los Angeles Kings.

CANADIENS: Defenseman Shea Weber will miss the rest of the season because of a foot injury that will require surgery.

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