ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and Matt Beleskey added his career-best 12th goal in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and Sami Vatanen also scored for the Ducks, who reclaimed the Western Conference lead. The Ducks fell out of first place in the overall NHL standings last weekend with their first back-to-back regulation losses of the season.
Brad Marchand and Simon Gagne scored for the Bruins, who have lost three of four.
Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots as Boston opened a tough four-game Pacific Division road swing without injured veterans David Krejci and captain Zdeno Chara, who didn’t make the trip.
LIGHTNING 6, RANGERS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Connolly’s second goal of the game during a third-period power play lifted Tampa Bay to its third straight win over New York.
With Martin St. Louis off for slashing, Connolly scored past Henrik Lundqvist at 5:34 for his fourth of the season. Tyler Johnson gave the Lightning a two-goal lead 1:24 later with his second of the night, and Ondrej Palat added an empty-netter with 26.4 seconds left to give Tampa Bay its fourth consecutive victory.
Victor Hedman had three assists, and Ben Bishop made 32 saves to improve to 8-0 against the Rangers — including three wins in 15 days. He even had an assist on Connolly’s first.
Matt Carle added a goal for the Lightning, who outscored the Rangers 15-7 in the three games — including 11 goals at Madison Square Garden.
Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast and St. Louis scored for the Rangers, who had won four of five. Lundqvist struggled and made only 15 saves.
COYOTES 5, OILERS 2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tobias Rieder scored two short-handed goals in 58 seconds on the same penalty kill as Arizona handed Edmonton its 10th consecutive loss.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Mikkel Boedker and Martin Erat also scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a three-game skid and won for the second time in seven games. They extended their point streak against Edmonton to a franchise-record 16 games.
Jordan Eberle and Jeff Petry each had a goal for the Oilers (6-15-4), who have not won at home since October. They dropped to 0-12-3 against Western Conference opponents.
CANADIENS 4, AVALANCHE 3
DENVER (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to send Montreal past Colorado.
P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov each had a goal and an assist, and Jiri Sekac also scored for Montreal, which ended a three-game losing streak. Carey Price made 26 saves for the Canadiens.
Ryan O’Reilly, Daniel Briere and Tyson Barrie had goals for the Avalanche.
BLUE JACKETS 2, PANTHERS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Boone Jenner scored at 10:05 of the third period to lift Columbus over Florida, ending a six-game losing streak.
Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had won only two of 17 to drop to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 24 saves.
Panthers rookie Aaron Ekblad, the top overall draft pick, scored his third goal of the season for Florida, which has lost nine in a row to Columbus.