Bruins maintain dominance over Lightning with 3-2 win
BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand scored shootout goals to lift Boston to a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay in the NHL on Thursday, its 10th straight win over the Lightning.
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.
Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for Boston, which is 6-0-1 in its last seven games, including four straight wins.
Ben Bishop made 28 saves for Tampa Bay, which had its four-game winning streak ended.
Elsewhere, Ottawa topped Montreal 5-2 for its ninth win in the past 11 games, Pittsburgh avoided an embarrassing collapse by beating Edmonton 6-4, and San Jose beat Nashville 2-0, the seventh loss for the Predators in their last eight games.
In Montreal, Erik Karlsson scored twice and goalie Andrew Hammond made 27 saves to remain unbeaten in regulation time for the Senators.
The Canadiens, who have yielded the fewest goals in the NHL, allowed five for the first time since Nov. 23.
Pittsburgh’s Steve Downie and Patric Hornqvist scored just over a minute apart late in the third period to seal the victory after the Penguins let a four-goal lead slip away.
Brandon Sutter scored twice for Pittsburgh and Sidney Crosby added his 23rd goal of the season.
San Jose’s Antti Niemi made 35 saves to shut out Nashville for the second time this season.
The Predators fell into a tie for first place in the Central Division with St. Louis, while the Sharks moved within three points of Los Angeles and Calgary, who currently hold the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference.
In other games, 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 1-0.
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.
The Los Angeles Kings routed Vancouver 4-0 to jump over Winnipeg and into the second wild-card playoff spot in the West. The Kings have won four of five and 12 of 16.
Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for his fifth shutout of the season for Los Angeles.
Chicago’s Brad Richards scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:11 left in the third period to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 win against Arizona.
It was the 900th NHL point for Richards, who entered in ninth place among active players.
Other results from Thursday: Columbus topped Detroit 3-1, Colorado edged New Jersey in a shootout 2-1, Florida beat Winnipeg 4-2, and Dallas defeated Carolina 5-3