MONTREAL (AP) — Carl Soderberg, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic scored in the second period as the Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Wednesday for their sixth straight victory.
Tuukka Rask made 35 saves, and Zdeno Chara also scored for Boston. The Bruins improved to 43-17-5 and pulled within a point of idle Pittsburgh for the Eastern Conference lead. They are 9-1-2 in their last 12 games.
David Desharnais scored for Montreal. The Canadiens have lost three in a row and are 3-4-1 without injured No. 1 goalie Carey Price since the Olympic break.
CANUCKS 3, JETS 2, SO
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Chris Higgins had the only goal in the shootout as Vancouver beat Winnipeg, rebounding from a third-period collapse in its last game.
The Canucks, 2-4-1 in their last seven games, allowed seven goals in the third period in a 7-4 home loss to the New York Islanders on Monday night.
Alexandre Burrows, with the first and second goals of his injury-marred season, tied it 2 at 11:17 of the third period. Andrew Ladd and Michael Frolik scored for the Winnipeg. The Jets have lost five straight.