MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty had two goals, Dale Weiss scored on a penalty shot, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the rival Boston Bruins 5-1 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
Lars Eller and Jiri Sekac also scored for Montreal (12-4-1), which benefited from Sergei Gonchar’s debut after he was acquired Tuesday in a trade with Dallas.
Dougie Hamilton scored a power-play goal for Boston (10-8-0), which lost badly for a second game in a row after a 6-1 setback in Toronto on Wednesday night. The Bruins were playing a third game in four nights.
JETS 3, HURRICANES 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Blake Wheeler scored two goals and had an assist, and the Jets beat the Hurricanes.
The Jets, who are in the middle of a five-game road trip, won for the fifth time in seven games and bounced back from a shutout loss. They’ve gone 7-1-2 in their last 10 games.
Carolina lost for the second time in three games since winning four straight.
Elias Lindholm scored Carolina’s goal on the power play.
Winnipeg backup goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson earned the win with 22 saves. Cam Ward finished with 34 saves.
AVALANCHE 4, RANGERS 3, SO
NEW YORK (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon scored the tying goal in the third period and then connected in the shootout as the Avalanche rallied for a victory over the Rangers.
MacKinnon started the tiebreaker with a goal, and Alex Tanguay added one in the third round. Semyon Varlamov stopped Mats Zuccarello and then Lee Stempniak on the final attempt as Colorado won for the first time in three games on a four-game trip.
Matt Duchene had a goal and assist, and Tanguay also scored for the Avalanche, who had dropped four of five. Varlamov stopped 30 shots.
Derek Stepan and Danb Girardi scored their first goals of the season 1:43 apart in the second period for the Rangers, who led 3-2 after trailing by a goal twice.
SHARKS 2, LIGHTNING 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Antti Niemi made 32 saves and added an assist as the Sharks beat the Lightning.
Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy scored for the Sharks, who are 2-2 on a seven-game road trip. Niemi improved to 5-0-1 against the Lightning.
Tampa Bay got a goal from Steven Stamkos, and Ben Bishop stopped 37 shots. The Lightning are 0-1-1 since their six-game winning streak was snapped.
WILD 6, SABRES 3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and backup goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots as the Wild broke out of a scoring slump for a victory over the Sabres to snap a four-game skid.
The Wild have been missing leading scorer Zach Parise since Nov. 4. He’s out with a concussion and Minnesota scored just two goals in three straight losses without him.
After Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first of the season just 1:03 in for Buffalo, the teams combined for three goals in a 17-second span midway through the period.
Minnesota’s Ryan Carter opend the spurt. Seven seconds later, Niederreiter got his first and 10 seconds after that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons evened the score.
Kyle Brodziak and Jared Spurgeon also scored for Minnesota. Former Wild center Torrey Mitchell for the Sabres.
BLUES 4, PREDATORS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Stastny scored on a deflection with 5 minutes, 54 seconds left to lift the Blues over Nashville
St. Louis has won nine of 10. The Predators had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Stastny tipped in a shot from Kevin Shattenkirk to break a 3-all tie.
Vladimir Tarasenko, T.J. Oshie and Carl Gunnarsson also scored for the Blues.
SENATORS 4, OILERS 3, OT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Mike Hoffman scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, and the Senators snapped a three-game skid by beating the Oilers.
Hoffman sent a shot from the slot under the arm of Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens 2:39 into overtime to secure the win for the Senators, who wasted a 3-0 lead.
Alex Chiasson and Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators (8-4-4) who are 3-1-2 in their last six outings.
Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle and Jeff Petry responded for the Oilers (6-9-2) who have lost two in a row.
FLAMES 5, COYOTES 3
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Paul Byron scored twice to break out of a scoring funk, and the Flames beat the Coyotes.
David Jones, Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary (10-6-2), while Sven Baertschi added two assists, his first points of the season.
Shane Doan, Antoine Vermette and Joe Vitale scored for Arizona (6-9-1), which has lost three straight.
STARS 2, KINGS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kari Lehtonen posted his first shutout of the season with 27 saves, and the Stars got goals from Ryan Garbutt and Jason Spezza in a victory over the Kings.
The highlight of Lehtonen’s 28th career shutout was an acrobatic glove save the 11-year veteran made while diving across the crease to rob Jarret Stoll at the edge of the crease at 13:16 of the second period.
Kings goalie Martin Jones, making his third start of the season, had 25 saves.