AROUND THE NHL | Thursday’s games
Bruins 8, Penguins 4
David Krejci had his fourth career hat trick, David Pastrnak had two goals and an assist, and Boston had its highest-scoring game since 2012, beating Pittsburgh. One night after the Boston Celtics posted a season-high 134 points in the same building, the Bruins had their biggest offensive output of the year. Pittsburgh’s Ollie Matta scored just 35 into the game, but from there on it was mostly Bruins. Boston led 2-1 before the three-minute mark, 3-1 after six minutes and 5-2 with just under four minutes to play in the first before Riley Sheahan scored with 4 seconds to play in the period. The Bruins added three in the second — two on the power play from Krejci, giving him a hat trick with 25:27 still to play — and one from Pastrnak. It was Krejci’s first three-goal game since 2014; he also has had two in the playoffs. The Bruins have won back-to-back games since the trade deadline, when they acquired Rick Nash and Tommy Wingels and signed Team USA Olympic captain Brian Gionta. Nash had a goal and an assist, and Gionta had two assists. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for the Bruins. Casey DeSmith stopped just two shots he faced in 5:27 before he was replaced, trailing 3-1. Tristan Jarry made 28 saves the rest of the way. Matta also scored with 15 minutes left to make it 8-4. Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel scored the other goal for the Penguins, who lost their third in a row.
Lightning 5, Stars 4, OT
Cory Conacher scored with 41 seconds left in overtime for Tampa Bay.
Hurricanes 4, Flyers 1
Justin Williams scored two goals, Cam Ward stopped 21 shots and Carolina snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Philadelphia. Williams knocked in a loose puck 4:40 into the game and the former Flyer stuck it to his former team one more time. Teuvo Teravainen scored early in the second and Williams scored his 12th goal of the season late in the second for the 3-0 lead. The Flyers were stymied offensively and took only six shots in the first period. In the second, they were shutout in a period where they had scored 74 goals.
Panthers 3, Devils 2
Aleksander Barkov scored two goals to lift Florida to a win over New Jersey. Maxim Mamin scored his second NHL goal and Robert Luongo made 29 saves as the Panthers recorded their fourth straight win. Jesper Bratt and Taylor Hall scored for the Devils. Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots in his first start since missing 16 games with a lower-body injury. Barkov’s second goal stretched the Panthers lead to 3-1 with 3:34 left in the third. Barkov lifted the puck over Schneider and into the net. Bratt’s goal closed the score to 3-2 with 2:07 left in the third. Mamin gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead on his flukey goal at 8:38 of the third period. Mamin grabbed a long cross-ice pass from Jared McCann and flipped the puck up at the net as he skated past on the right side.