Hurricanes 3, Blue Jackets 2
Jordan Staal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:55 remaining to help Carolina rally. Eric Staal scored twice in the third period as the Hurricanes erased a two-goal deficit for their fourth consecutive victory. Anton Khudobin made 22 saves. R.J. Umberger and Derek MacKenzie scored for the Blue Jackets. Columbus lost its second straight after stringing together eight wins in a row. After shutting out Carolina in the teams’ last meeting, reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for Columbus. The Blue Jackets had won seven in a row against the Hurricanes.
Bruins 6, Islanders 3
The line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith combined for three goals and six assists to lead Boston. All three linemates scored, and Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg and Zdeno Chara added goals as the Bruins avoided a three-game series sweep against the Islanders. Chad Johnson gave Tuukka Rask the night off and made 34 saves. Chara’s goal 8:12 into the third made it 6-3 and chased Kevin Poulin from the net in favor of Evgeni Nabokov, who came off the injured list earlier Monday following his second groin injury. The goal was Chara’s 500th NHL point. Boston, which has won four of five (4-0-1), has 12 goals in two games.
Avalanche 4, Stars 3
Alex Tanguay scored the winning goal early in the third period, and Semyon Varlamov made it stand up for Colorado. The Avalanche led twice, but both times Tyler Seguin scored to tie the game for Dallas. Seguin, the Stars’ leader with 23 goals, had not scored in 13 games. He also had an assist on Jamie Benn’s first-period goal. Varlamov made 41 saves.