Bruins hold off Sharks; Blackhawks down Flyers
BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s power play finally came through with two early goals Tuesday night. The other side of the Bruins’ special teams unit delivered in the end.
Gregory Campbell netted the game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining and the Bruins fended off a late four-minute San Jose power play to earn a wild 5-3 win over the Sharks.
“Our special teams tonight were really good for us and we really needed that against that team,” said Boston coach Claude Julien.
After twice squandering one-goal leads and overcoming a late deficit, the Bruins took the lead for good when Campbell tipped a pass from Daniel Paille through the legs of San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi with 9:18 left to play.
But Patrice Bergeron drew a double-minor penalty with 4:09 remaining, leaving the Bruins short handed against one of the best power play units on the road this season.
San Jose had converted on five of 15 chances entering the game, and added another one in the first period Tuesday.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask and Boston staved off the Sharks’ attack before David Krejci added an empty-netter with 24.5 seconds to go to seal the Bruins’ third win in four games.
“It’s pretty huge from our group, especially when one of your best penalty killers is in the box for the last four minutes,” Julien said. “I thought our guys the last four minutes did an unbelievable job of battling through.”
The Blackhawks had a 4-0 win over the Flyers, with Antti Raanta making 32 saves for Chicago in his first start of the season and Patrick Kane scoring two power-play goals.
Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal 2:23 into overtime, giving the Panthers a 4-3 win at Denver, one of three games decided by that margin.
Ryan Ellis scored the decisive goal in the shootout for the Predators against the Coyotes and, at Newark, Kevin Klein scored 2:42 into overtime as the Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Devils.
The Stars beat the Canucks 6-3, with Erik Cole scoring two goals for Dallas and Kari Lehtonen making 43 saves.
At Montreal, Desharnais scored 56 seconds into overtime to lift the Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Red Wings. In Calgary, Ondrej Palat scored three minutes into overtime to help Tampa Bay rally for a 2-1 away win against the Flames.
In other results, the Maple Leafs had a 5-2 win over the Islanders and the Jets beat the Hurricanes 3-1, with Adam Lowry’s first NHL goal helping the Jets end a four-game losing streak.