Boston beats Philadelphia 2-0, ends Flyers 9-game win streak
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron scored, Tuukka Rask stopped 36 shots and the Boston Bruins beat Philadelphia 2-0 on Tuesday night to snap the Flyers’ nine-game winning streak.
The Bruins (44-14-12) became the first team with 100 points this season and Rask picked up his 50th career shutout. Rask became the sixth active goalie with at least 50 shutouts. He has five this season.
Rusk stymied a Flyers’ offense that had scored at least three goals in each of their nine wins during the streak. They scored five goals four times since the streak started Feb. 18 against Columbus.
The Flyers had been sensational as they shot up the standings and were fighting with Washington for first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers had defeated the Bruins in a shootout in both games of the series this season, including a bizarre ending in January when Boston’s Brad Marchand overskated the puck at center ice on a shootout attempt.
The frivolity didn’t last for long, and the Flyers pounded Rask, taking 24 shots over the first two periods. Rask stood tall in net, stopping 36 total shots, and got the cushion he needed late when Bergeron’s shot from the circle appeared to get deflected by a Flyers stick and went in for a 2-0 lead.
The Flyers’ Carter Hart finished with 27 saves.
DUCKS 5, SENATORS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nicolas Deslauriers scored the fastest hat trick in Anaheim history, Ryan Miller made 40 saves and the Ducks rolled past Ottawa.
Deslauriers completed a natural hat trick 11:49 into the game with a wrist shot from the left circle that went off Ottawa goaltender Marcus Hogberg’s glove and shoulder to give the Ducks a 4-0 lead. It was his second goal in 32 seconds, after he scored on a one-timer from the slot. Deslauriers’ first goal of the night came at 2:45.
Jakob Silfverberg opened the scoring when he deflected Rickard Rakell’s shot into the net on a power play.
It was Deslauriers’ first hat trick in 375 NHL games. The left wing came into the game with four goals this season. Teemu Selanne held the previous Ducks mark for quickest hat trick at 12:58 in 1997.
Anaheim — which has earned a point in four straight games — was outshot 42-15 but scored on five of its first eight shots. Rakell had a goal and an assist, and Rowney and David Backes each had two assists.
Brady Tkachuk and Colin White had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which had won four of five. Hogberg stopped 10 shots.
PENGUINS 5, DEVILS 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up another to lead slumping Pittsburgh over New Jersey.
Evan Rodrigues and defensemen Justin Schultz and Kris Letang also scored as the Penguins won for only the third time in 11 games. Matt Murray made 20 saves to help Pittsburgh reach 40 wins for the seventh straight season and 13th time since 2006-07. The only exception was the 48-game lockout-shortened season in 2012-13.
Nikita Gusev and Miles Wood scored for New Jersey, which won its previous two games. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 28 shots but the last-place Devils dropped to 6-3-2 in their last 11.
MAPLE LEAFS 2, LIGHTNING 1
TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored his 47th goal of the season and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves as Toronto beat Tampa Bay.
William Nylander also scored for Toronto. Mitch Marner and John Tavares each had two assists for the Leafs.
Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 stops.
PREDATORS 4, CANADIENS 2
MONTREAL (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored twice and Nashville withstood a late comeback try by Montreal.
Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok also scored in the second period as Nashville built a 4-goal lead.
Artturi Lehkonen and Lukas Vejdemo had goals in the third period for Montreal, which lost its third straight game.
Juuse Saros made 32 saves for the win. Carey Price stopped 32 shots for the Canadiens in his league-leading 58th game of the season.
The Bell Centre hosted a pregame ceremony memorializing Habs great Henri Richard, who passed away on Friday. The crowd gave a standing ovation to Richard’s family, which was in attendance, followed by a moment of silence.
HURRICANES 5, RED WINGS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Williams scored a tiebreaking goal 1:38 into the final period, and Sebastian Aho added two goals later in the third to give Carolina a win over Detroit.
Morgan Geekie and Nino Niederreiter also scored for Carolina, which extended its winning streak to three games.
Tyler Bertuzzi and Christoffer Ehn scored for the Red Wings, who had their modest two-game winning streak snapped.
RANGERS 4, STARS 2
DALLAS (AP) — Mika Zibanejad scored his 10th goal in five games to give him 40 for the season, impressive rookie Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves and the Rangers beat skidding Dallas.
Kaapo Kakko, another Rangers rookie, scored twice in the second period for his first goals in a month. Adam Fox also had a goal as New York built a 4-0 cushion and won for the 10th time in its last 11 road games.
Shesterkin improved to 10-2 in 12 NHL games, bouncing back from a disappointing home loss to last-place New Jersey on Saturday in his first game back from an upper-body injury sustained in a car accident.
Roope Hintz had a power-play goal and Andrew Cogliano also scored in the third period — the first goals in three games for a Dallas team that dropped to 0-4-2 in its past six. Miro Heiskanen assisted on both. Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots for the Stars.
CANUCKS 5, ISLANDERS 4, SO
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — J.T. Miller scored the only goal in the shootout and Vancouver beat the Islanders.
Miller scored on a wrist shot from the faceoff circle.
Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who won for the second time in seven games.
Adam Gaudette, Zack MacEwen and Bo Horvart also scored for Vancouver. Defenseman Alex Edler had two assists, giving him 401 NHL points.
Brock Nelson had a pair of goals for the Islanders, who are mired in a season-long seven-game winless streak (0-4-3). Andrew Ladd and Jordan Eberle also scored for New York. Derick Brassard had two assists.
After giving up an early lead, New York battled back to tie the game three times.
Canuck goaltender Thatcher Demko had a career-high 45 saves. New York goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots.
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