Rangers beat Bru­ins 5-2

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BOS­TON: Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes each scored short-handed goals and Antti Raanta made 35 saves as the surg­ing New York Rangers beat the Bos­ton Bru­ins 5-2 on Satur­day night. Pavel Buch­nevich added a power-play goal, Stepan had two as­sists, and Michael Grab­ner and Nick Holden also scored for New York, which won its fourth straight game and sev­enth in the last eight. David Pas­tr­nak and Pa­trice Berg­eron scored for the Bru­ins, who had won their last three games. Tuukka Rask made 19 saves, but lost for the first time af­ter win­ning his first six starts. New York took a 2-1 lead on Stepan’s goal late in the first pe­riod as he broke in alone af­ter tak­ing a pass from Grab­ner. Rask poked the puck off his stick, but it car­omed off both of the winger’s skates and slid into the net. Hayes scored on the end of a 3-on-1 break at 2:18 of the sec­ond to make it 3-1.


Sid­ney Crosby scored twice and Matthew Mur­ray stopped 32 shots for his sec­ond ca­reer shutout as Pitts­burgh con­tin­ued its dom­i­nance of San Jose. Chris Ku­nitz, Eric Fehr and Nick Bonino also scored for the Pen­guins, who are 5-0-1 in their last six and have points in 10 of 12 games. Mur­ray got his sec­ond win of the sea­son. The Pen­guins, who beat San Jose in six games in the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal last June and won against them at home on Oct. 20, didn’t give the Sharks much of a chance, scor­ing less than 4 1/2 min­utes in. San Jose goalie Martin Jones al­lowed three goals on seven shots be­fore be­ing re­placed by Aaron Dell 13 sec­onds into the sec­ond pe­riod. Dell fin­ished with 16 saves as the Sharks lost their third straight.


Vic­tor Hed­man and Nikita Kucherov both had a goal and an as­sist, Bray­den Point scored his first NHL goal and the Light­ning beat the Dev­ils. Brian Boyle also scored for Tampa Bay, and Ben Bishop made 37 saves. New Jersey got a goal from Da­mon Sev­er­son. Cory Sch­nei­der stopped 31 shots. Hed­man put Tampa Bay up 2-1 with 11:33 left in the sec­ond from the blue line. Shortly be­fore Hed­man’s goal, Sev­er­son hit the post and Kucherov had his back­han­der go off the cross bar then get swept off the goal line by Sch­nei­der’s stick. Point, in his 12th NHL game, made it 3-1 at 5:01 of the third when he redi­rected Kucherov’s shot dur­ing a power play.


Jay Bouwmeester tied it in early the third pe­riod and Vladimir Tarasenko scored the win­ner late in over­time to lift the Blues over the Blue Jack­ets. Carter Hut­ton stopped 20 shots for his sec­ond win of the sea­son, help­ing the Blues im­prove to 4-1-1 at home this sea­son and giv­ing them five wins in the last six meet­ings with the Blue Jack­ets at Scot­trade Cen­ter. Josh An­der­son scored for Colum­bus, who was com­ing off a 10-0 win against Mon­treal the pre­vi­ous night and snapped a three-game win­ning streak. Cur­tis McEl­hin­ney fin­ished with 28 saves. Bouwmeester ripped a shot past McEl­hin­ney from the left dot at 2:16 of the third with his first goal since Feb. 22, 2016, against San Jose. Tarasenko’s wris­ter with 43 sec­onds on the clock in over­time broke his seven-game goal-scor­ing drought.


Gabriel Lan­deskog scored with 9:37 re­main­ing, Calvin Pickard stopped 32 shots for his sec­ond NHL shutout and the Avalanche beat the Wild. Lan­deskog’s goal ended a Colorado scor­ing drought that lasted more than 164 min­utes. He found the net on a pass from Matt Duch­ene and then hopped into the arms of Nathan MacKin­non in ex­cite­ment. Ear­lier in the third pe­riod, Lan­deskog got into a brief scuf­fle with De­van Dub­nyk af­ter ag­i­tat­ing the Min­nesota goalie in front of the net. Pickard stepped in for a strug­gling Se­myon Var­lamov and kept the Wild of­fense in check.


To­mas Plekanec scored a short­handed goal in the third pe­riod to lift the Cana­di­ens to a win over the Fly­ers. Andrei Markov, Greg Pateryn, Alex Galchenyuk and Phillip Danault also scored for Mon­treal (10-1-1) while Carey Price stopped 34-of-38 shots. Chris Vande-Velde, Shayne Gostis­be­here, Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny scored for Philadel­phia (6-6-1), which saw its three-game win­ning streak snapped. Michal Neu­virth made 12 saves in de­feat. Plekanec scored the even­tual win­ner at 10:57 while the Habs were play­ing down a man. Streak­ing down the wing, Plekanec beat Neu­virth for his first goal of the sea­son.


Mark Letestu scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Oil­ers to a vic­tory over the Is­lan­ders. Letestu beat Is­lan­ders goalie Jaroslav Halak to the glove side to snap the Oil­ers’ three-game skid (0-2-1) af­ter start­ing the sea­son with seven wins in eight games. Pa­trick Ma­roon, Leon Drai­saitl, and Mi­lan Lu­cic scored in reg­u­la­tion for the Oil­ers, and Cam Talbot made 30 saves as Ed­mon­ton beat the Is­lan­ders on the road for the first time since De­cem­ber 1999. Nick Leddy, Shane Prince and Casey Cizikas scored for New York, and Halak fin­ished with 20 saves. The Is­lan­ders have lost three straight, in­clud­ing the last two in shootouts. Halak de­nied Jor­dan Eberle point­blank early in over­time be­fore Talbot made a sim­i­lar sprawl­ing save at the other end.


Kyle Ok­poso and Sam Rein­hart scored in the third pe­riod in the Sabres’ come­back vic­tory over the Sen­a­tors. Robin Lehner made 32 saves for his first win against his for­mer team. Ok­poso tied it early in the pe­riod, tip­ping a point shot from Jake McCabe past Craig An­der­son. The Sabres took their first lead when Rein­hart took ad­van­tage of a turnover at the side of the Ot­tawa goal. An­der­son stopped the first shot, but Rein­hart was able to jam a loose puck in be­tween the skate of An­der­son and the post at 8:22. The Sen­a­tors had an op­por­tu­nity to tie it with a four-minute power play af­ter Dmitry Ku­likov got a high stick into the face of Bobby Ryan, but were un­able to pro­duce. Mike Hoff­man scored for Ot­tawa, and An­der­son made 30 saves.


T.J. Oshie scored twice, in­clud­ing the game-win­ner dur­ing a third-pe­riod flurry, as the Cap­i­tals beat the Pan­thers for their fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin and Lars Eller scored three goals on five shots in less than five min­utes as the Cap­i­tals fi­nally cracked Roberto Luongo. Florida’s goal­tender had flum­moxed Wash­ing­ton for much of the game and fin­ished with 32 saves. Jared McCann and Reilly Smith scored for Florida, which was op­por­tunis­tic de­spite be­ing out­shot 36-24. McCann’s goal was his first with the Pan­thers af­ter an off­sea­son trade from Van­cou­ver. Cap­i­tals starter Braden Holtby made 22 saves for his sixth win of the sea­son.


Tyler Bozak scored twice and had an as­sist to lead the Maple Leafs to a vic­tory over Van­cou­ver, hand­ing the Canucks their eighth straight loss. Nazem Kadri, Mitch Marner, Nikita Sosh­nikov and Jake Gardiner also scored as the Leafs won their third straight. Fred­erik Andersen stopped 23 of 26 shots be­fore be­ing re­placed by Jhonas En­roth, who had three saves in his 5:08. Derek Dorsett, Hen­rik Sedin and Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, and Ryan Miller fin­ished with 36 saves. Van­cou­ver is 0-71 while get­ting shut out four times since beat­ing Buf­falo on Oct. 20.


Jac­cob Slavin scored the only goal of the shootout to lead the Hur­ri­canes to a vic­tory over the Preda­tors. Jeff Skinner and Ron Hain­sey scored in reg­u­la­tion for Carolina, which ended a two-game los­ing streak. Cam Ward fin­ished with 25 saves through over­time and de­nied all three Nashville at­tempts in the shootout. James Neal and Matt Irwin had the goals for the Preda­tors, losers of two con­sec­u­tive games both in shootouts. Pekka Rinne stopped 23 shots.

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