NHL Scores: Flyers win Berube debut, Rangers get blown out

Jeff Zelevansky

The Philadelphia Flyers earned their first win of the season on Tuesday, the Canucks beat Cory Schneider, and the Rangers gave up nine goals to the San Jose Sharks.

All it took for the Flyers to get their first win of the 2013-14 season was a new coach, some sloppy play from Tim Thomas, and a rather strong effort from their own goaltender, Steve Mason.

Just the way everybody drew it up, I'm sure.

Philadelphia removed itself from the ranks of the winless on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers in Craig Berube's debut game behind the bench thanks to goals from Braydon Coburn Braden Schenn and a 33-save performance by Mason.

Elsewhere around the league the Canucks managed to come from behind and get the best of their old friend, Cory Schneider, with a 3-2 overtime win while the New York Rangers were victimized by Tomas Hertl in a 9-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks that probably wasn't anywhere near as close as the lopsided score might indicate.

All the NHL Scores

Penguins 5, Hurricanes 2

Avalanche 2, Maple Leafs 1

Islanders 6, Coyotes 1

Flyers 2, Panthers 1

Lightning 3, Sabres 2

Predators 3, Wild 2

Canucks 3, Devils 2

Sharks 9, Rangers 2

Five Questions

On Tuesday we asked you Five Burning Questions about the day's games. Here are your cool, soothing answers

1. How will Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo play on Tuesday?

Both were victimized by some bad luck, including some crazy bounces off of teammates skates and the Devils giving up a goal when Ryane Clowe couldn't get off the ice blocking a shot.

2. Can the Devils rebound from their collapse on Monday night?

It looked like they were going to early when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but for the second straight game the Devils allowed a multi-goal lead slip away for an overtime loss. After losing, 5-4, to the Oilers on Monday, they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Canucks on Tuesday. The real turning point in the game was the aforementioned Ryane Clowe incident that allowed the Canucks to score the game-tying goal.

3. How will the Philadelphia Flyers fare in their first game under Craig Berube?

They came out flying in the first period and beat Tim Thomas twice in the first eight minutes before he exited early for the second straight game, this time with what the Panthers are calling a "lower body injury." From that point on it was simply a matter of protecting a two-goal lead, which is exactly what they did. The Panthers managed to come away with a big shot advantage at even-strength, but some of that was due to them playing from behind almost the entire night. Steve Mason was strong in net for the Flyers.

4. Ryan Suter returns to Nashville ... again. How's he going to do?

He was booed a lot. He also played 26 minutes, recorded three shots on goal and assisted on Minnesota's first goal, a power play tally from Zach Parise to give the Wild an early 1-0 lead. It was a short-lived lead however as Nashville quickly responded with a pair of power play goals less than a minute apart -- including the first NHL goalfor Filip Forsberg -- and then added another when Eric Nystrom beat Josh Harding on a penalty shot. Harding was replacing the injured Niklas Backstrom.

5. Who will win the battle of the unbeatens?

Jonathan Bernier was really strong in net for the Maple Leafs, but it just wasn't enough as they fell to Colorado, 2-1, thanks to a third period goal from P.A. Parenteau. Bernier has been really strong in his first appearances with the Leafs but the offense wasn't there to help him out on this night.

Talking Point

The one moment in Tuesday's games that will be making headlines over the next few days

The injury to New York Rangers forward Rick Nash. It was a brutal night for the Rangers as they were not only completely blown out and dominated by the Sharks, they also lost Nash when he was elbowed in the head by Brad Stuart in the first period. Nash missed some time last season with a concussion, and if his injury is serious (it was serious enough to keep him from returning on Tuesday) that would be a huge loss for the Rangers offense.

Stat of the Night

Since joining the Pittsburgh Penguins at last year's trade deadline, Jussi Jokinen has scored 10 goals in 13 regular season games and owns a ridiculous 42 percent shooting percentage (10 goals, 24 shots) over that time. And just another reminder, the Hurricanes are paying him $900,000 this season, and yes, he recorded a hat trick against them on Tuesday night.

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