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March 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand scored shootout goals to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Boston beat Tampa Bay for the 10th straight time, the longest active slide for a Bruins opponent. Since joining the NHL in 1992, the Lightning have won only five times in 48 games at Boston.

The Lightning have also never beaten the Bruins after regulation in 18 tries, going 0-9-9. Tampa Bay failed to capitalize on a power play in overtime.

Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for Boston, which is 6-0-1 in its last seven games, including four straight wins.

Vladislav Namestnikov tied it 2-2 for Tampa Bay with 11:56 remaining in the third period when he slid the puck through Rask’s pads.

Ben Bishop made 28 saves for Tampa Bay, which had its four-game winning streak ended. Tyler Johnson, who leads the Lightning with 66 points, extended his career-best point streak to eight games.

SENATORS 5, CANADIENS 2

MONTREAL (AP) — Erik Karlsson scored twice, and goalie Andrew Hammond remained unbeaten in regulation time as Ottawa topped Montreal.

Eric Condra, Mark Stone and Marc Methot also scored for Ottawa, which has won nine of 11 as it chases a playoff spot. Hammond made 27 saves to improve to 8-0-1 during that stretch.

Max Pacioretty scored twice for Montreal, which has only one win in four games. The Canadiens, who have yielded the fewest goals in the NHL, allowed five for the first time since Nov. 23.

Montreal outshot Ottawa 29-28, but the Senators improved to 3-1 against the Canadiens this season.

BLUES 1, FLYERS 0, SO

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis’ Brian Elliott and Philadelphia’s Steve Mason both earned shutouts, but Elliott picked up the win in a shootout as the host Blues edged the Flyers.

Elliott made 28 saves through overtime, and Mason stopped 35 shots. T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko both scored in the shootout for the Blues, and Elliott stopped Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds in the tiebreaker.

The Blues have won three straight and five of seven. St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock, formerly of the Flyers, became the fourth NHL coach to earn 700 regular-season victories.

Elliott recorded his fourth shutout of the season and 29th in the NHL, including 20 with the Blues. That tied the franchise record set by his former teammate Jaroslav Halak.

Mason posted his third shutout this season and 26th in his career for the Flyers, who lost their fourth straight.

PENGUINS 6, OILERS 4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steve Downie and Patric Hornqvist scored just over a minute apart late in the third period, and Pittsburgh avoided an embarrassing collapse by beating Edmonton.

Downie’s 12th goal of the season on a rebound 14:38 into the third gave Pittsburgh the lead after the Penguins let a four-goal lead slip away. Hornqvist doubled it 1:06 later to help the Penguins win for the seventh time in nine games.

Brandon Sutter scored twice for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby added his 23rd goal of the season and finished with three points. David Perron netted his 11th since coming to Pittsburgh from Edmonton in January. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots.

Anton Lander, Jordan Eberle, Benoit Pouliot and Derek Roy scored for the Oilers.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for the Penguins, who moved within two points of the second-place New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.

BLACKHAWKS 2, COYOTES 1

GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) — Brad Richards scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:11 left in the third period to give Chicago a win against Arizona.

Richards put in a rebound of Kris Versteeg’s blocked shot. It was the 900th NHL point for Richards, who entered in ninth place among active players.

The Blackhawks had seven power plays and converted two of them, including Andrew Shaw’s first-period goal. Corey Crawford made 17 saves in the win, and Arizona’s Mike Smith stopped 43 shots.

The Coyotes had a power play for the last 38.5 seconds of the game, and made it a 6-on-4 skating advantage after pulling Smith, but couldn’t force overtime. Tobias Rieder had given Arizona a 1-0 lead early in the first period.

The playoff-bound Blackhawks have earned at least one point in six of their last seven games. Arizona has lost 13 of 14.

KINGS 4, CANUCKS 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, and Los Angeles beat Vancouver.

Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Toffoli and Marian Gaborik also scored for Los Angeles, which has won four of five and 12 of 16.

The Kings, 3-0 against the Canucks this season with two meetings remaining, jumped over Winnipeg and into the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Eddie Lack made 16 saves for Vancouver, which entered play second in the Pacific Division, one point ahead of Calgary and three ahead of the Kings.

SHARKS 2, PREDATORS 0

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Antti Niemi made 35 saves to shut out Nashville for the second time this season, and Tomas Hertl scored a power-play goal late in the second period to lead San Jose over the Predators.

Niemi followed a 29-save performance in December with another strong game against Nashville to lead the Sharks to their fourth win in five games. Just as in that 2-0 win on Dec. 13, it was Hertl who delivered the winning goal against Pekka Rinne. Tommy Wingels added an empty-netter.

Rinne made 19 saves for the Predators, who have lost seven of eight games to fall into a tie for first in the Central Division with St. Louis.

The Sharks moved within three points of Los Angeles and Calgary, who currently hold the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference.

BLUE JACKETS 3, RED WINGS 1

DETROIT (AP) — Scott Hartnell scored the go-ahead goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 41 saves to help Columbus down Detroit.

Fedor Tyutin and Cam Atkinson added goals, and five players had assists as the Blue Jackets won at Detroit for the second time in two tries and won the season series 2-1.

Justin Abdelkader had the lone goal for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.

Abdelkader put the Red Wings on the board with a power-play goal midway through the first period, but Columbus took a 2-1 lead to intermission after Tyutin and Hartnell scored in the final six minutes.

AVALANCHE 2, DEVILS 1, SO

DENVER (AP) — Jarome Iginla scored in the second period and netted the decisive goal in the shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots, and Colorado edged New Jersey.

The Avalanche are 1-1 on a pivotal three-game homestand as they try to remain in the Western Conference playoff picture.

Andy Greene scored the lone goal in regulation for the Devils, and Cory Schneider made 28 saves.

Varlamov recently tweaked his groin and sat out against Los Angeles on Tuesday, ending his streak of 22 straight starts. The injury didn’t appear to slow him down, especially in the shootout when he stopped two of three shooters, including Patrik Elias to seal the win.

Ryan O’Reilly also scored in the shootout for Colorado. Jacob Josefson was the only one to beat Varlamov.

PANTHERS 4, JETS 2

SUNRISE, Florida (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period, lifting Florida over Winnipeg.

Brad Boyes and Derek Mackenzie also scored for Florida, and Nick Bjugstad added an empty-net goal with 46 seconds left. Dan Ellis made 18 saves for the Panthers in his third consecutive start in place of the injured Roberto Luongo.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr each had two assists.

Ellis took a knee from Andrew Ladd to his left side after Ladd was pushed into him at 18:44 of the third. Ellis was down on the ice briefly but stayed in the game.

Drew Stafford and Mark Scheifele scored for the Jets, and Michael Hutchinson stopped 17 shots.

The Panthers won their second consecutive game and have earned at least one point in the past three games with Ellis in goal.

STARS 5, HURRICANES 3

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Alex Goligoski, Cody Eakin and Patrick Eaves each had a goal and an assist, sparking Dallas to a victory over Carolina.

Kari Lehtonen needed to make only 16 saves to earn the win in his 500th NHL game. Curtis McKenzie and Jason Demers also scored for Dallas, which led 3-1 after the first period.

Victor Rask had a goal and two assists to lead Carolina.

Lehtonen became the sixth active goalie to reach the NHL 500-game milestone. The Hurricanes’ Cam Ward made his 500th appearance in the same building on Feb. 24 against Philadelphia.

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