Senators 7, Lightning 4
Mike Hoffman scored two goals and six other Ottawa players had multipoint games as the Senators beat Tampa Bay, ending the Lightning’s 10-game streak without a regulation loss. One night earlier, the struggling Senators halted Florida’s eight-game home winning streak. Tom Pyatt, Erik Karlsson, Ryan Dzingel and Marian Gaborik each had a goal and an assist for the Senators. Magnus Paajarvi also scored, and Mike Condon finished with 42 saves. The defeat also spoiled the first career hat trick for J.T. Miller (East Palestine), acquired from the New York Rangers at the Feb. 26 trade deadline. Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each had three assists.
Bruins 6, Hurricanes 4
David Pastrnak scored three of Boston’s five goals in the final 10 minutes for his first career hat trick, and the Bruins stunned Carolina by rallying for a victory. Matt Grzelcyk, Pastrnak and Danton Heinen scored in a span of 77 seconds to turn a 4-1 Bruins deficit into a 4-all tie. Grzelcyk fired home a slap shot with 9:56 remaining, Pastrnak scored on a wrister 56 seconds later and Heinen followed 21 seconds after that with the tying goal, banging home a one-timer off a 2-on-1 rush with David Krejci. Pastrnak put Boston ahead on a power-play goal with 3:30 left and finished off his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 1:34 remaining. Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who snapped a three-game road losing streak. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves.
Canadiens 4, Stars 2
Artturi Lehkonen scored twice and Montreal snapped its five-game losing streak with a victory over Dallas. Brendan Gallagher and Nikita Scherbak also scored for Montreal (26-32-12), which hadn’t won since March 2. Alex Galchenyuk had two assists. Antti Niemi made 36 saves for his fifth win of the season. Niemi hasn’t lost in regulation since Feb. 14, going 3-0-3 during that stretch. Radek Faksa and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas (38-26-6).
Predators 3, Jets 1
Pekka Rinne made 32 saves and surging Nashville scored two short-handed goals in beating Winnipeg to tie for the top spot in the NHL standings. Kevin Fiala, Austin Watson and Viktor Arvidsson had the goals for Nashville, which has won 11 of 12. The Predators reached 100 points in 69 games, the fastest mark in franchise history. The defending Western Conference champions are even with Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay — and Nashville has played one fewer game. Kyle Connor (Youngstown Phantoms 2012-15) scored for the Jets, losers of three straight.
Avalanche 5, Wild 1
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Nathan MacKinnon scored his 33rd goal of the season, J.T. Compher had his first career two-goal game and Colorado dominated Minnesota again. Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for Colorado. Nikita Zadorov and Tyson Jost also scored for the Avalanche, who have won the past three meetings this season by a combined score of 19-4. Colorado has points in 10 of its past 11 games (6-1-4) and is three points behind Minnesota for third place in the Central Division. The Avalanche pulled into a tie with Dallas (82 points) for the first wild card in the Western Conference. Mikko Koivu scored his 13th goal and Devan Dubnyk made 17 saves.