Bru­ins ex­tend win­ning streak to a sea­son-high five games

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BOS­TON: Ryan Spooner and David Krejci scored 2:03 apart late in the third pe­riod as the Bos­ton Bru­ins ral­lied to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 Fri­day. Tuukka Rask had 24 saves for the Bru­ins, who ex­tended their win streak to a sea­son-high five games in a wild fin­ish. Spooner’s power-play goal with 3:46 left to play tied it at 3, then Krejci struck again for the Bru­ins on a de­flected slap shot that beat Hen­rik Lundqvist with 1:43 re­main­ing. Pa­trice Berg­eron and Brett Con­nolly also scored for the Bru­ins, who won their third straight at home. Os­car Lind­berg, Rick Nash and JT Miller scored for the Rangers and Lundqvist fin­ished with 30 saves.


Artem Anisi­mov scored 1:53 into over­time and Chicago ral­lied from a two-goal deficit in the fi­nal mo­ments of reg­u­la­tion for a vic­tory over Ana­heim. Mar­ian Hossa and Duncan Keith scored man-ad­van­tage goals in the fi­nal 1:41 of reg­u­la­tion, and Brent Seabrook as­sisted on all three goals. The de­fend­ing Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­ons roared from be­hind in their first trip to Ana­heim since win­ning Game 7 of the Western Con­fer­ence fi­nals here six months ago. Hossa ended John Gib­son’s shutout bid dur­ing a 6-on-4 power play with 1:41 to play, and Keith got the ty­ing goal with 26.6 sec­onds left. Pa­trick Kane ex­tended his points streak to 18 games with an as­sist on Keith’s score, and Corey Craw­ford stopped 23 shots. An­drew Cogliano and Chris Ste­wart scored early goals for Ana­heim, and Gib­son stopped 29 shots.


Tyler Seguin scored on the first shot of the shootout, Antti Niemi stopped all three Van­cou­ver at­tempts af­ter making 34 saves and Dal­las beat Van­cou­ver. Van­cou­ver’s Hen­rik Sedin tied the game on the power play with 4:10 left. Daniel Sedin as­sisted with a pass across the goal mouth. The Stars out­shot the Canucks 6-2 in over­time, but goalie Ryan Miller stopped them even dur­ing a power play. Miller fin­ished with 23 saves. Niemi de­flected Van­cou­ver’s last shootout at­tempt by Chris Hig­gins wide of the net. Dal­las’ Jamie Benn scored his league-lead­ing 17th goal on a tip-in on the power play with 4:33 left in the first pe­riod.

COY­OTES 2, FLAMES 1, OT Oliver Ek­man-Lars­son scored in over­time, Mike Smith stopped 25 shots and Ari­zona beat Calgary for coach Dave Tip­pett’s 500th ca­reer vic­tory. Both teams scored goals in the sec­ond pe­riod on car­oms: Martin Han­zal early for Ari­zona, Mark Gior­dano late on a power play for Calgary. The Coy­otes with­stood a long flurry to start over­time and wore the Flames down with one of their own late. Ari­zona won it with 39 sec­onds left on the clock when Brad Richard­son sent a pass from be­hind the goal to Ek­man-Lars­son, and he one-timed it past Karri Ramos. Ramos stopped 18 in his first loss in five ca­reer games against Ari­zona. The Flames lost for the first time in six over­times.


Nik­las Kron­wall scored 26 sec­onds into over­time to lift Detroit over Ed­mon­ton. Kron­wall was stripped in front of his net 10 sec­onds into the ex­tra pe­riod, but Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg and Dy­lan Larkin were able to tie up the play with­out al­low­ing a shot. The puck even­tu­ally bounced loose, and Larkin led a 2on-1 rush, with Kron­wall one-tim­ing a pass past Cam Tal­bot for his first goal of the sea­son. Larkin, Gus­tav Nyquist and To­mas Tatar also scored for Detroit, while Iiro Pakari­nen scored twice for the Oil­ers and An­drej Sek­era added an­other. Detroit has now gone six games with­out los­ing in reg­u­la­tion.


Alex Galchenyuk and Sven An­drighetto scored in reg­u­la­tion and again in the shootout and Mon­treal ral­lied from a two-goal deficit to beat New Jer­sey for its fourth straight win. Mike Con­don started for the in­jured Carey Price and pre­served the win by stop­ping Pa­trik Elias with his pad on the Devils’ fifth at­tempt in the shootout. He fin­ished with 25 saves, the same as the Devils’ Cory Sch­nei­der. Adam Hen­rique and Lee Stemp­niak scored for the Devils in reg­u­la­tion and Ja­cob Josef­son had the only New Jer­sey tally in the shootout. The Devils have lost four of five games. Sch­nei­der had two out­stand­ing stops in over­time, in­clud­ing a point-blank save on Max Pa­cioretty on a power play in the wan­ing sec­onds and a short-handed stop on To­mas Plekanec’s break­away. An­drighetto pulled Mon­treal within 2-1 with 4:43 left in the sec­ond pe­riod, and then Galchenyuk tied it with 8:46 left in the third.


Cam Atkinson scored with 2:18 left in over­time af­ter a daz­zling setup by Bran­don Du­bin­sky and Colum­bus beat Pitts­burgh. The game took on the in­ten­sity of an old-school play­off bat­tle af­ter Du­bin­sky cross-checked Pen­guins star Sid­ney Crosby in the back of the neck late in the sec­ond pe­riod. Crosby was slow get­ting to his skates and went to the locker room with 1:20 left. He re­turned for the third pe­riod and played the rest of the game. Marc-An­dre Fleury stopped 41 shots for the Pen­guins, and Sergei Bo­brovsky turned away 24 for Colum­bus. Ev­geni Malkin put Pitts­burgh ahead on a power play with 10:45 left, but Ryan Jo­hansen tied it. In over­time, Du­bin­sky cut in into the slot and pa­tiently curled away from the net and into the right cir­cle be­fore pass­ing to Atkinson in the slot. The goal was Atkinson’s sixth this sea­son.


Alek­sander Barkov scored the win­ner in a five-round shootout and Florida beat New York. The Pan­thers scored on all five of their at­tempts, while the Is­lan­ders con­verted four be­fore Roberto Luongo stopped Brock Nel­son to end the game. It was the Pan­thers’ third straight win over the Is­lan­ders, who host Florida in Brook­lyn on Dec 15. With Florida ahead 2-0 af­ter two pe­ri­ods, the Is­lan­ders stormed back with a pair of goals just over three min­utes apart in the third. Ryan Strome beat Luongo high to the glove side for his sec­ond goal of the sea­son to cut the deficit to 2-1 with 5:36 gone, and Josh Bai­ley con­verted on a one-timer in traf­fic for his fourth to tie it up at 8:39. Goals by Bran­don Pirri and Jussi Joki­nen gave Florida its 2-0 lead.


Chad John­son made 27 saves, Jack Eichel got his eighth goal of the sea­son and Buf­falo beat Carolina to end a six-game los­ing streak. Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta and David Leg­wand also scored for Buf­falo, and Jamie McGinn had two as­sists. The Sabres had lost their last four home games. Vic­tor Rask scored Carolina’s only goal, and the Hur­ri­canes failed to pick up a point for the first time in five games. Cam Ward stopped 11 of 14 shots be­fore be­ing re­placed by Ed­die Lack af­ter two pe­ri­ods. Lack stopped 6 of 7 shots.


Ja­son Chimera scored a power-play goal and had an as­sist dur­ing an­other man ad­van­tage to help Wash­ing­ton beat Tampa Bay. Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie also scored against Tampa Bay’s usu­ally re­li­able penalty kill. Mar­cus Jo­hans­son added an even-strength goal in the Cap­i­tals’ fourth straight vic­tory. Braden Holtby made 32 saves for Wash­ing­ton to pre­serve his sixth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. An­drei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves for the Light­ning. Brian Boyle and Vic­tor Hed­man scored late for Tampa Bay.


Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and as­sist, Con­nor Helle­buyck made 14 saves to win his NHL de­but and Win­nipeg Jets spoiled left winger Zach Parise’s re­turn from a knee in­jury by beat­ing Min­nesota. Mathieu Perreault added his sec­ond goal in two games and Niko­laj Eh­lers’ goal late in the third put the game away. The Jets won on the road for the first time in their last seven tries and for just the third time in their last 11 games. Ryan Carter scored for Min­nesota, fi­nally get­ting a shot past Helle­buyck that made it 2-1 mid­way through the third pe­riod. Helle­buyck was col­lege hockey’s top goalie in 2013-14 and the goal­tender on the US team that won a bronze medal in the 2015 world cham­pi­onships.


Shayne Gostis­be­here scored on the power play with 52 sec­onds left in over­time to lift Philadel­phia to a win over Nashville. Colin McDon­ald and Michael Del Zotto also scored for Philadel­phia, which won for just the fourth time in 16 games. The Fly­ers gave up the ty­ing goal to Michael Fisher with 20 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion. Philadel­phia went on the power play when Nashville was called for too many men on the ice. Gostis­be­here one-timed Claude Giroux’s pass from the slot past Pekka Rinne for his third goal of the sea­son and sec­ond straight win­ning goal in over­time. He scored 24 sec­onds into the ex­tra ses­sion Mon­day in Philadel­phia’s 3-2 home win over Carolina. Filip Fors­berg also scored for Nashville.— AP NAGANO: Ja­pan’s high-fly­ing Olympic cham­pion Yuzuru Hanyu be­came the first skater to break the 300-point mark yes­ter­day as he soared to vic­tory at the NHK Tro­phy in breath­tak­ing style. The 20-year-old oblit­er­ated the mys­ti­cal bar­rier in Nagano, post­ing a com­bined world record to­tal of 322.40 points af­ter a jaw-drop­ping free pro­gram which also smashed Cana­dian Pa­trick Chan’s pre­vi­ous high, send­ing thou­sands of squeal­ing fe­male fans into rap­tures. Hanyu’s free score of 216.07 was also the first ever to clear the 200-point mark and his as­ton­ish­ing ag­gre­gate tally was on a en­tirely dif­fer­ent level to Chan’s pre­vi­ous best of 295.27 set in Paris two years ago. “I don’t be­lieve it,” Hanyu told re­porters af­ter be­ing greeted with a bear-hug from Cana­dian coach Brian Orser and call­ing out “ari­gato” (thank you) to his ador­ing pub­lic.

“That score really was a sur­prise. I was so ner­vous be­fore I skated but I wanted to go for it. I wanted to show that I’m the Olympic cham­pion, here on a rink where the Olympics were held (in 1998). De­spite the score, I still think there is room to im­prove.” It is dif­fi­cult to see how af­ter an ex­quis­ite per­for­mance which could re­de­fine the sport. Hanyu, who cov­ered his face with his hands in dis­be­lief as his score was an­nounced, ma­jes­ti­cally nailed all of his jumps, in­clud­ing four quads and seven triples, in a high-risk pro­gram which left his ri­vals way back. He punched the air in joy at the end of his skate as the crowd erupted be­fore glid­ing over to a tele­vi­sion cam­era hold­ing his in­dex fin­ger aloft to un­der­line his sta­tus as fig­ure skat­ing’s crown prince.

Lost for words

“It’s hard to de­scribe what I’m feel­ing right now,” said Hanyu, shak­ing his head. Chi­nese teenager Jin Boyang posted a score of 170.79 to fin­ish a dis­tant run­ner-up with a to­tal of 266.43, join­ing Hanyu in next month’s Grand Prix Fi­nal in Barcelona. Ja­pan’s Takahito Mura took third with a to­tal of 242.21.— AFP

NAGANO: Yuzuru Hanyu of Ja­pan per­forms dur­ing the men’s sin­gles event at the ISU Grand Prix fig­ure skat­ing NHK Tro­phy in Nagano yes­ter­day. — AFP

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