Bru­ins hunt down Pan­thers

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

SUNRISE, Florida:

Jaromir Jagr moved into sole pos­ses­sion of the No 2 spot on the NHL ca­reer scor­ing list Thurs­day night, get­ting an as­sist in the Florida Pan­thers’ 3-1 loss to the Bos­ton Bru­ins. Jagr got point No 1,888 to break a tie with Mark Messier. The his­toric point came with 6:40 left. In a brief cer­e­mony, Jagr was given a golden stick. Only Wayne Gret­zky, with 2,857 points, has more than Jagr. Alek­sander Barkov was cred­ited with the goal that de­flected off the 44-year-old Czech star.

In a video, Gret­zky of­fered con­grat­u­la­tions. The game was stopped for a cel­e­bra­tion, and Jagr came onto the ice to ac­cept the com­mem­o­ra­tive golden stick from the Pan­thers. He waved to the crowd, got con­grat­u­la­tory stick-taps from both teams, and the game - his 1,663rd in the NHL - re­sumed. Frank Va­trano, Pa­trice Berg­eron and David Backes scored for Bos­ton, and Tuukka Rask made 29 saves. Rask im­proved to 18-3-1 against Florida, and Bos­ton is 16-2-1 in its last 19 games against the Pan­thers.


Scott Hart­nell had his ninth ca­reer hat trick and Colum­bus scored four times in a head-spin­ning, third­pe­riod flurry to blow out Pitts­burgh. Cam Atkin­son, Wil­liam Karls­son, Bran­don Saad and Boone Jen­ner also scored to help the Blue Jack­ets win their 11th straight game and take over first place in the Metropoli­tan Divi­sion. Sergei Bo­brovsky stopped 25 shots for Colum­bus (22-5-4) amid a rol­lick­ing play­off at­mos­phere and a sell­out crowd at Na­tion­wide Arena. Sid­ney Crosby scored his NHL-lead­ing 23rd goal for the Pen­guins in a fast, testy game. Matthew Mur­ray had 21 saves for Pitts­burgh (21-8-5), which failed to earn a point for the first time in 11 games. The loss matched the Pen­guins’ worst of the sea­son.


Peter Bu­daj made 28 saves to lead Los An­ge­les over Nashville. Nick Shore, Nic Dowd, Jeff Carter and Devin Se­toguchi scored for the Kings, who im­proved to 3-2-1 on a nine-game road swing - their long­est of the sea­son. Bu­daj earned his fourth shutout this sea­son and the 15th of his ca­reer. Pekka Rinne made 21 saves for Nashville.


Alex Kil­lorn scored the go-ahead goal early in the third pe­riod, Jonathan Drouin added two late goals and Tampa Bay ral­lied from a 2-0 deficit to beat St Louis. Tampa Bay also got goals from Brian Boyle and Michael Bour­ni­val. An­drei Vasilevskiy made 21 saves and Vic­tor Hed­man had two as­sists. David Per­ron and Wade Me­gan scored 32 sec­onds apart in the first pe­riod for the Blues, and Jake Allen stopped 27 shots be­fore get­ting hurt. St. Louis had won six straight against Tampa Bay.


Eric Staal’s short-handed goal in the third pe­riod broke a tie and sent Min­nesota past Montreal for a ninth straight win that tied the team record. Jor­dan Schroeder and Jared Spur­geon also scored for the Wild (20-8-4), who last won nine in a row March 8-24, 2007. They have a chance to break the record Fri­day night against the Rangers in New York. Jason Zucker added an empty-net goal with 23 sec­onds left. Max Pa­cioretty and Art­turi Lehko­nen scored for Montreal (21-8-4). The game fea­tured a duel be­tween two of the NHL’s top goalies, with De­van Dub­nyk hav­ing the edge over Carey Price as the Cana­di­ens out­shot the Wild 34-27.


Mike Hoff­man scored a power-play goal at 4:03 of over­time to give Ottawa a vic­tory over Ana­heim. Hoff­man’s one-timer off a pass from Dion Pha­neuf beat John Gib­son in the Ana­heim net. An­drew Cogliano took a high-stick­ing mi­nor at 3:23 of the extra pe­riod, giv­ing the Sen­a­tors a 4-on-3 ad­van­tage. Ryan Dzin­gel scored in reg­u­la­tion for the Sen­a­tors (2011-3), who got 24 saves from Mike Con­don. Jakob Sil­fver­berg had the goal for Ana­heim (17-12-6). Gib­son made 16 saves, but didn’t face a sin­gle shot in the sec­ond half of the third pe­riod. — AP

SUNRISE: Goal­tender Tuukka Rask #40 of the Bos­ton Bru­ins makes a div­ing save on a shot by Reilly Smith #18 of the Florida Pan­thers dur­ing first pe­riod ac­tion at the BB&T Cen­ter. — AFP

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