Mike Knuble scored twice to spoil Bryan Murray's return behind the Ottawa Senators bench and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win in the NHL on Thursday.
Murray, also the Senators general manager, coached the team for the first time since the Anaheim Ducks eliminated Ottawa in last year's Stanley Cup finals.
The pressure will surely build after the Senators' seventh loss in nine games and 15th in 22. They've lost three straight, though Jason Spezza's 25th goal prevented the Senators from getting shut out for the third consecutive time.
Bruins 5, Penguins 1
At Boston, Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots, Marco Sturm scored twice to reach 200 NHL goals and Boston topped Pittsburgh for its fifth consecutive victory.
Two nights after shutting out the Ottawa Senators, Thomas held the Penguins scoreless until Pascal Dupuis beat him with 6:57 left. Zdeno Chara, P.J. Axelsson and David Krejci also scored for Boston.
Penguins starter Ty Conklin, who had a career-high 50 saves on Tuesday to beat the New York Islanders, was pulled after giving up three goals in 13 shots in 22:21. In came Marc-Andre Fleury, who hadn't played since Dec. 6; he stopped 16 of 18 shots as the Penguins lost for the first time in seven games.
Islanders 5, Thrashers 4, OT
At Atlanta, Trent Hunter scored in overtime and New York recovered after blowing a three-goal lead to beat slumping Atlanta.
Josef Vasicek gained control of the puck following a faceoff and passed to Hunter, who scored at 3:51 to give the Thrashers their fifth straight loss. Mike Comrie scored twice.
After goals by Eric Perrin on a short-handed penalty shot, Ken Klee and Alexei Zhitnik, Atlanta's Bobby Holik scored with 1:22 left in regulation to force overtime.
Rangers 4, Hurricanes 2
At Raleigh, North Carolina, Brandon Dubinsky and Sean Avery scored first-period goals to lift New York to its third straight victory.
Chris Drury pushed the Rangers' lead to 3-0 in the second period, and Brendan Shanahan closed the scoring in the third after Carolina got within a goal.
Erik Cole scored twice for Carolina, including once on the power play.
Stars 7, Blackhawks 4
At Dallas, Brad Richards had a career-high five points _ all on assists _ in his Dallas debut, setting up new linemate Niklas Hagman's first NHL hat trick in a romp against Chicago.
Richards arrived on Tuesday as the centerpiece of a five-player deal with Tampa Bay because co-general manager Brett Hull believed the 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy winner could make a good offense even better.
Richards' five points were the most by any Dallas player since Mike Modano had five on Feb. 10, 2002.
Coyotes 2, Blues 1
At St. Louis, Ilya Bryzgalov and Phoenix beat St. Louis for the fourth time this season and second in less than a week.
Bryzgalov made 41 saves and Phoenix won at St. Louis for the sixth straight time. The Blues dropped their fifth consecutive.
Ryan Johnson netted in the first period for St. Louis. Phoenix tied it when Ed Jovanovski scored a power-play goal. Just 44 seconds later, and still with a man-advantage, Niko Kapanen deflected a shot from Keith Yandle through Manny Legace's pads.
Oilers 5, Kings 4
At Edmonton, Alberta, Ales Hemsky scored two goals and added an assist and Edmonton earned its third straight win.
Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson and Fernando Pisani also scored for the Oilers, who have won six straight at home.
Dustin Brown had a pair of goals and Anze Kopitar and Patrick O'Sullivan also scored for Los Angeles.