Bruins rout Blackhawks 6-2, end 6-game losing streak
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring with his 200th goal, then added two assists in Boston’s four-goal second period as the Bruins ended a season-high six-game losing streak with a 6-2 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
Reilly Smith had a goal and assist for the Bruins, who were 0-4-2 during the slide, their longest winless stretch since 2010. Loui Eriksson, Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell and Dougie Hamilton also scored for Boston, which pulled away in the finale of five-game road trip.
Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost three straight.
Boston’s Tuukka Rask made 26 saves and coasted to the win, despite taking two penalties late in the first period.
Philadelphia’s Michael Del Zotto scored late in the third period to lift the Flyers over the Washington Capitals 3-2.
Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds also had goals for Philadelphia.
Tom Wilson and Joel Ward scored for Washington.
In Buffalo, New York, Rookie forward Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal in the fourth round of a shootout to lead the Nashville Predators over the Buffalo Sabres 2-1.
The Predators overcame a 1-0 deficit on Mike Ribeiro’s power-play goal with 4:17 left in the third period. Backup goalie Carter Hutton stopped 16 shots through overtime and allowed just one shootout goal.
The Colorado Avalanche edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 after teenage center Nathan MacKinnon had the first hat trick of his young career, and Matt Duchene also scored.
Alex Tanguay had a goal and Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves for the Avalanche, who have won four of five. Ryan O’Reilly added two assists.
MacKinnon, at 19 years and 5 months, became the youngest player in Avalanche history to score three goals in a game.
In other games, Zach Parise scored twice as the Minnesota Wild set a team record with six goals in the third period of a 6-2 win against Dallas, the Pittsburgh Penguins trounced the Florida Panthers 5-1, the Vancouver Canucks blanked the New York Islanders 4-0 and the New York Rangers edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 after a shootout.