BOSTON (AP) — Milan Lucic scored twice as the Bruins spoiled goalie Tim Thomas’ first game in Boston as a visitor with a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.
It was the third straight six-goal game for the Atlantic Division leading Bruins, known more for their defense, following road wins of 6-1 and 6-3.
Zdeno Chara, Reilly Smith, Shawn Thornton and David Krejci also scored for Boston, which led 4-0 until Brad Boyes connected for Florida with 2:33 left in the second period. Dmitry Kulikov added a power-play goal for the Panthers 4 minutes into the third.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin capped a four-point night by setting up Mike Green’s goal a minute into overtime to give the Capitals a 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Ovechkin had two goals and two assists for his 14th multipoint game of the season. Green had two goals and an assist, and Troy Bouwer also scored in a game the Capitals never trailed.
Cody Hodgson had two goals and Christian Ehrhoff and rookie Phil Varone, with the first of his career, scored for Buffalo.
At Calgary, Alberta, T.J. Brodie scored at 2:26 of overtime to give the Flames a 5-4 victory over the slumping Chicago Blackhawks.
Mikael Backlund scored twice for the Flames, who have won three straight games for the first time this season. Matt Stajan had a goal and an assist, Lance Bouma also scored and Lee Stempniak set up three goals.
Marian Hossa scored twice for the Blackhawks and Patrick Kane and Ben Smith also scored for the defending Stanely Cup champions.
The St. Louis Blues blanked the New Jersey Devils 3-0 after Alexander Steen scored early and Jaroslav Halak earned his fourth shutout of the season.
Brenden Morrow added a power-play goal midway through the third period and Maxim Lapierre scored into an empty net with 2:08 left. The Blues have won three straight and tied the Blackhawks atop the Central Division.
Zach Parise had a goal and two assists for Minnesota and Mikael Granlund scored the go-ahead goal on a power play early in the second period as the Wild downed the Anaheim Ducks 4-2, while the Arizona Coyotes shut out the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 thanks to Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s two goals.
In other games, the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Detroit Red Wings 5-0, the Ottawa Senators edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 the Carolina Hurricanes were shut out 5-0 by the Montreal Canadiens and the Nashville Predators were 4-3 winners over the Winnipeg Jets.