Canucks beat Bruins 5-2 to boost playoff chances
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Vancouver’s Shawn Matthias scored the first hat trick of his career to lead the Canucks to a 5-2 victory over Boston on Saturday, boosting their playoff hopes in the tight NHL Western Conference.
The Canucks are seventh in the West, while Boston is precarious eighth in the East, five points adrift of seventh.
Among other games, Chicago rallied for a win against New Jersey, while Dallas beat Florida but paid a high price in injuries.
Vancouver’s Radim Vrbata and Jannik Hansen, into an empty net, also netted for the hosts while goaltender Ryan Miller celebrated his 600th game with a victory.
Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly replied for the Bruins.
Chicago’s Marian Hossa continued his hot scoring form to help the Blackhawks fight back and beat New Jersey 3-1.
Hossa, who has seven goals in four games, also assisted on Jonathan Toews’ tiebreaking goal in the third. Kris Versteeg tacked on an empty-net goal.
Peter Harrold scored in the first for the Devils, who have dropped three in a row.
Dallas defeated Florida 3-0 but lost three players to injuries.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas’ leader with 29 goals and 59 points, was helped off the ice after being checked in the third period. Patrick Eaves followed Seguin to the locker room 51 seconds later after being hit in the head by the puck.
Forward Ales Hemsky left in the first period with a lower body injury.
Goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves while Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza both scored in the first period.
San Jose ended a three-game skid with a 4-2 win at Arizona, with Joe Pavelski scoring three goals.
Columbus’ Artem Anisimov scored 2:17 into overtime to give the Blue Jackets a come-from-behind 4-3 win against Philadelphia.