WEDNESDAY AROUND THE NHL
Maple Leafs 3, Predators 2, SO
James van Riemsdyk scored in regulation and again in the seventh round of a shootout in the Maple Leafs’ victory over the Nashville Predators. Kasperi Kapanen also scored in regulation to help the Maple Leafs win for the sixth time in seven games. Frederik Andersen made 44 saves to improve to 7-1-0 against Nashville. Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson scored for the Predators, and Pekka Rinne stopped 30 shots. Van Riemsdyk opened the scoring in the first period after collecting a pass from Connor Brown along the side boards. Van Riemsdyk’s long-range shot went off the stick of defenseman Alexei Emelin and past Rinne at 16:06. The Leafs added to their lead in the second period.
Bruins 6, Rangers 1
Riley Nash and Zdeno Chara scored first-period goals and Patrice Bergeron added two in the second to help the surging Bruins swamp the Rangers. The Bruins won for the 18th time in their last 23 games, getting 21 saves from backup netminder Anton Khudobin. The Bruins (33-11-8) are just a point behind Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay. Tim Schaller’s goal that made it 4-1 at 7:25 of the second period chased Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and brought boos from the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec.