Bergeron leads Boston in 7-2 rout of Ottawa
BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored twice and added an assist as the Boston Bruins went into the Olympic break with a 7-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in the NHL on Saturday.
Bergeron, who will join Team Canada for the Olympics, was one of several Bruins with multiple points before joining their national teams in Sochi, Russia. David Krejci of the Czech Republic and Sweden’s Loui Eriksson added a pair of assists apiece in their final game before Olympic play begins.
Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists, Jarome Iginla a goal and assist and Reilly Smith a pair of assists for Boston which goes into the break leading the Atlantic Division, having won seven of nine with one of the losses coming in overtime.
The Bruins outshot the Senators 42-28 and chased Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson after Boston took a 5-1 lead early in the third on a goal by Milan Lucic.
Bobby Ryan scored in the second period and Patrick Wiercioch added a goal in the third for Ottawa.
Boston backup goalie Chad Johnson made 26 saves while getting a start ahead of Tuukka Rask who had the day off before playing for Finland in the Olympics. Captain Zdeno Chara was also missing after leaving early for Russia to carry the Slovakian national flag in the opening ceremony Friday.
Ryan Getzlaf scored twice, Jonas Hiller made 36 saves and the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 to end a three-game losing streak.
Emerson Etem, Mathieu Perreault and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who enter the Olympic break with 87 points, beating Nashville for the fifth straight time.
Viktor Stalberg and Mike Fisher scored for Nashville whicj is last in the Central Division.
St Louis maintained its leadership of the Central Division in the West with T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a shootout to give the Blues a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
St Louis goalie Brian Elliott stopped Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd in the tiebreaker.
Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and Jaden Schwartz scored in regulation for the Blues, while Mark Scheifele scored twice, and Dustin Byfuglien added a goal for Winnipeg.
In Toronto, Phil Kessel scored midway through the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Vancouver Canucks their seventh straight loss, 3-1.
Mason Raymond and James van Riemsdyk also scored in the third for Toronto and Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves as the Maple Leafs won for the 11th time in 14 games and seventh straight at home.
Ryan Kesler scored for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots as the Canucks lost for the 16th time in 20 games. It has scored just 37 goals in that span.
In other games Saturday, Matt Duchene scored a brace of goals as the Colorado Avalanche beat the New York Islanders 5-2, the Philadelphia Flyers topped the Calgary Flames 2-1, and Ondrej Palat had two goals in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
The Montreal Canadiens had a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 and the Dallas Stars edged the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1.