Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 2, SO
Tuukka Rask stopped all three Columbus attempts and rookie Tyler Seguin scored the lone shootout goal to lift the Bruins, ending Boston’s season-worst four-game losing streak. Rask made 34 saves through overtime, and David Krejci and Rich Peverley scored regulation goals for Boston, which won the 2,800th game in the history of the 87-year-old franchise. Grant Clitsome and Scottie Upshall scored for Columbus, which has lost eight of nine to all but fall out of playoff contention in the Western Conference.
Capitals 4, Canadiens 2
Marcus Johansson scored his second goal of the game 6:43 into the third period, Mike Knuble added Washington’s second power-play goal and the Capitals extended their winning streak to nine games. Johansson, who also scored a power-play goal 1:06 into the game, took Alexander Ovechkin’s centering pass and put a backhand shot past Carey Price for his 11th goal of the season to give Washington its third and final one-goal lead. Knuble added an insurance goal with his 17th with 3:07 left in the third. Braden Holtby, who was named the NHL’s first star of the week on Monday, stopped 24 shots for his fifth straight win and Brooks Laich also scored for the Capitals.
Rangers 6, Islanders 3
Bryan McCabe had a goal and an assist, and the Rangers scored three times on a potent power play to win the latest New York-New York matchup. Brandon Prust netted a short-handed goal, and Erik Christensen scored on the power play in a dominating first period in which the Rangers grabbed a 2-0 lead and took 21 shots. Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, and McCabe scored in a span of 7:40 in the second as the Rangers took control again after the Islanders tied it.
Devils 4, Thrashers 2
Rookie Jacob Josefson scored early in the third period and the hard-charging New Jersey Devils rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Thrashers. Travis Zajac, Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored as the Devils improved to 23-3-2 in their last 28 games and moved past the .500 mark (33-32-4) for the first time this season. Martin Brodeur had 18 saves, stopping a break-in by Blake Wheeler and a shot in close by Bryan Little in the final minute.
Flyers 3, Panthers 2
Jeff Carter scored two goals in the second period and the Flyers beat the Panthers. Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers and Brian Boucher made 20 saves. The win was the Flyers’ third in eight games.
Hurricanes 1, Sabres 0
Cam Ward stopped 40 shots — including 22 in the first period — to help the Hurricanes creep closer to playoff contention. Brandon Sutter scored in the final minute of the first period, and the Hurricanes snapped a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). With 74 points, ninth-place Carolina moved to within two points of the Sabres for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot with 31/2 weeks left.
Kings 4, Predators 2
Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown each had a goal and an assist, and the Kings beat the Predators to wrap up the franchise’s first sweep of a four-game road trip. Alec Martinez and Wayne Simmonds also had goals.
Sharks 6, Stars 3
Ryane Clowe scored the tiebreaker in the opening two minutes of the final period, Torrey Mitchell added an insurance goal 1:40 later, and the Sharks rallied from a two-goal deficit. Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton had two goals each, including empty-netters in the final 1:08, and Joe Pavelski contributed three assists for the Sharks.