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Flyers goaltender Garth Snow said it was probably the easiest shutout of his career, but his coach was still quite impressed.

"Our goaltending has been outstanding," Flyers coach Wayne Cashman said after Rod Brind'Amour and Eric Lindros scored power-play goals and Snow stopped 14 shots to beat Florida, 2-0, Saturday.

"Garth was ready when he needed to make the save," Cashman said after Philadelphia extended its winning streak to seven games. "If you get a shutout, your goaltender has to play well."

Snow was rarely tested as he registered his third career shutout and first since blanking the New York Islanders, 5-0, on Dec. 19, 1996. His best save came midway through the second period when he batted away a shot from the crease by Gord Murphy.

"The guys really played great in front of me," Snow said. "But at points you've really got to be in it mentally because you can lose focus and lose your timing.

"The key is having guys playing in front of you limiting the number of quality scoring chances, not the number of shots," Snow said.

"Garth played real well," Lindros said. "He knew when to freeze the puck tonight and when to kick it out."

It was the fourth loss in five games for the Panthers, who had snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over Washington on Thursday.

Philadelphia is 5-0-2 in its last seven games, and Snow is 3-0-1 during that stretch.

John Vanbiesbrouck, who was forced to make 23 saves for the Panthers, said the power play "really got it going" for the Flyers.

"They did a great job of recycling the puck around," Vanbiesbrouck said. "It seemed like we became more and more frustrated as the game went on."

The Panthers were held without a shot on net for almost 16 minutes in the second period.

Brind'Amour, who also had an assist, put the Flyers ahead, 1-0, at 14:16 of the first period.

Lindros made it 2-0 at 9:18 of the middle period when he tipped in Paul Coffey's shot from just inside the blue line for his 16th goal.

Canadiens 4, Senators 1

MONTREAL -- Brian Savage broke out of a slump with two goals and Andy Moog made 25 saves to lead Montreal over Ottawa.

Savage entered the game scoreless in the previous nine games and had only six goals in 28 games. Canadiens coach Alain Vigneault promoted Savage to the first line with Saku Koivu and Mark Recchi this week, hoping to spark the struggling forward.

The victory stopped Montreal's longest losing streak of the season at four games.

Kings 4, Flames 1

CALGARY, Alberta -- Los Angeles defenseman Rob Blake had a goal and an assist and Stephane Fiset made 36 saves as the Kings beat Calgary.

Los Angeles pounced on a sluggish Flames team early, scoring two power-play goals and taking a 3-0 lead 14 minutes into the first period.

Blake scored on the power play on a drive from the blue-line at 5:01. Jozef Stumpel made the score 2-0 at the 8:02 mark. Blake later fired a wrist shot toward the front of the net on the power play that Glen Murray tipped past goaltender Rick Tabaracci to make it 3-0 at the 13:36 mark.

Yanic Perreault added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles.

Blues 4, Penguins 1

ST. LOUIS -- Grant Fuhr made 31 saves and Terry Yake had a goal and two assists as St. Louis ended Pittsburgh's six-game unbeaten streak.

Pierre Turgeon added a goal and an assist for the Blues, who played without leading scorer Brett Hull, who was out with a bruised thigh two days after being kneed by New Jersey's Bobby Holik.

Islanders 4, Bruins 3

BOSTON -- Todd Bertuzzi's power-play goal with 14 seconds remaining in the second period carried New York over Boston.

Tommy Salo stopped 29 shots, including 13 in the third period as the Islanders beat the Bruins for the third straight time to stay unbeaten in their last four games.

Bertuzzi's goal capped a five-goal second period. Zigmund Palffy and Travis Green scored the other Islander goals in that period while Dmitri Khristich and Kyle McLaren scored for the Bruins.

Stars 2, Oilers 1 (OT)

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Pat Verbeek scored a power-play goal at 1:07 of overtime, lifting Dallas over Edmonton.

Bryan Marchment was serving a penalty for tripping as Verbeek, stationed in front of the Edmonton net, deflected a shot from the point by Sergei Zubov past goalie Curtis Joseph for his 14th goal of the season.

Jamie Langenbrunner also scored for Dallas with Todd Marchant getting the Oilers' goal.

Capitals 2, Hurricanes 1

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Steve Konowalchuk scored with 3:50 left as Washington defeated Carolina, breaking the Capitals' six-game winless streak.

Konowalchuk, who had come out of the penalty box just minutes earlier, scored just his third goal in 36 games -- last scoring on Oct. 31 against Philadelphia. He took a pass from a falling down Richard Zednik in the slot and one-timed it past Hurricanes goaltender Sean Burke.

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