Blue Jack­ets beat Bru­ins, stretch win streak to 13 games

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Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal mid­way through the third pe­riod, Sergei Bo­brovsky had 37 saves and the NHL-lead­ing Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets beat the Bos­ton Bru­ins 43 on Tues­day night to ex­tend their win­ning streak to 13 games. Scott Hart­nell, Seth Jones and Matt Calvert scored to put the bur­geon­ing Blue Jack­ets up 3-0 in the first pe­riod, but they were out­played from there by the more ag­gres­sive Bru­ins. Colum­bus stayed in the game thanks to the lat­est stel­lar per­for­mance by Bo­brovsky, who got his first ca­reer vic­tory in eight games against Bos­ton. David Backes, Austin Czarnik and David Kre­jci scored for the Bru­ins, and Tuukka Rask had 18 saves. Colum­bus hasn’t lost since Nov. 26 on this fran­chise-best win­ning streak. It leads the bru­tal Metropoli­tan Di­vi­sion a sea­son af­ter fin­ish­ing in last place. Foligno scored the win­ner with a wrap­around goal 10:46 into the third pe­riod off a pass from Alexan­der Wennberg. The Blue Jack­ets then killed a power play with less than four min­utes left and held off a rush by the Bru­ins af­ter they pulled their goalie with about 1 1/2 min­utes re­main­ing.


Sid­ney Crosby scored a goal for the fourth straight game and added two as­sists in lead­ing Pitts­burgh over New Jersey for its 10th win in De­cem­ber. Ev­geni Malkin added a goal and an as­sist in be­com­ing the fourth Pen­guin to col­lect 800 points, and de­fense­man Justin Schultz scored the go-ahead goal with 5.4 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod af­ter be­ing set by Pitts­burgh’s two star for­wards. Marc-An­dre Fleury had 21 saves as the Pen­guins beat the Devils for the sec­ond time in five nights, and the third time in three games this sea­son. Carl Hagelin and Bryan Rust added in­sur­ance goals in the third pe­riod for Pitts­burgh, which is 10-1-2 this month. PA Par­enteau and Adam Hen­rique scored for the slump­ing Devils, who are 1-8-1 in their last 10. Cory Sch­nei­der had 22 saves.


Brent Burns scored 3:46 into over­time, Martin Jones stopped 34 shots and San Jose beat Ana­heim. Melker Karls­son and Paul Martin also scored for the Sharks, who won their third straight game and sixth of their last seven to main­tain their lead atop the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion. Burns took a pass from Joe Pavel­ski and made two quick fakes be­fore beat­ing John Gib­son for the game-win­ner. Jakob Sil­fver­berg of the Ducks redi­rected a shot by Ryan Kesler be­tween Jones’ legs to tie the game 2-2 with 6:25 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion. The Sharks im­proved to 6-1 in over­time or shootouts this sea­son. On­drej Kase scored and Gib­son stopped 22 shots for the Ducks, who have dropped three straight.


De­fense­man Nick Holden scored the goa­head goal less than seven min­utes into the third pe­riod, lift­ing New York to a come­back vic­tory over Ot­tawa. Holden’s sec­ond goal of the game and sixth of the sea­son came at 6:31 as he wedged the puck past Sen­a­tors goal­tender Mike Con­don just 4 sec­onds af­ter a Rangers’ power play had ex­pired. Derek Stepan had two goals and de­fense­man Ryan McDon­agh had three as­sists as the Rangers over­came a 3-1 deficit and snapped a two-game los­ing streak. Antti Raanta, who al­lowed goals on the first two shots he faced from the Sen­a­tors, re­cov­ered to make 33 saves for the win, im­prov­ing to 9-4-0 this sea­son. Raanta started in place of Hen­rik Lundqvist, who didn’t dress be­cause of the flu.


Jared Spur­geon scored the win­ner at 2:46 of over­time to give Min­nesota a vic­tory over Nashville. Jor­dan Schroeder car­ried the puck up on the right side and slid a cross-ice pass to Spur­geon, and he beat Nashville goal­tender Pekka Rinne with a one-timer. Zach Parise and Chris Ste­wart also scored for Min­nesota, which ex­tended its fran­chise-best win­ning streak to 11 games. Filip Fors­berg and Reid Boucher scored for Nashville, which has lost two straight.


Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Drew Stafford scored and Con­nor Helle­buyck made 34 saves to help Win­nipeg beat Chicago. Ja­cob Trouba added two as­sists, and Win­nipeg won its sec­ond straight and fourth in five games. The Jets beat Cen­tral Di­vi­sion-lead­ing Chicago for the third time in three tries this sea­son, outscor­ing the Black­hawks 9-2 over those games. Artem Anisi­mov scored his 15th goal in his re­turn from miss­ing three games with an up­per-body in­jury, but Chicago lost its third straight for the first time since last March. Chicago’s Corey Craw­ford blocked 31 shots in his sec­ond start since re­turn­ing from an ap­pen­dec­tomy that cost him 10 games.


Mikael Back­lund scored two of Cal­gary’s four goals in the sec­ond pe­riod and also had an as­sist. Johnny Gau­dreau also had two goals and an as­sist for the Flames. All of Cal­gary’s sec­ond-pe­riod goals de­flected off Colorado play­ers. Brian El­liott had 25 saves for the Flames, who have won nine of 12. Gabriel Lan­deskog had two goals and Jarome Iginla scored for Colorado, which has now lost nine straight at home for the first time since mov­ing to Den­ver. The Avalanche are 0-8-1 at Pepsi Cen­ter since beat­ing the Los An­ge­les Kings 4-1 on Nov. 15.


An­drew Ladd and An­ders Lee scored 43 sec­onds apart early in the third pe­riod to lift New York over Wash­ing­ton. Ladd had two goals and Cal Clut­ter­buck added another for New York, which im­proved to 14-14-6 over­all and 11-7-4 at home. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 of 34 shots for the Is­lan­ders. De­spite get­ting goals from Justin Wil­liams, Alex Ovechkin and An­dre Bu­rakovsky, Wash­ing­ton fell to 20-9-4 with its third loss in four games. Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots. New York never trailed in the third meet­ing this month be­tween the long­time ri­vals.


Ja­son Spezza had a goal and an as­sist, Kari Le­hto­nen made 35 saves and Dal­las beat Ari­zona in a testy con­test. A brawl in the sec­ond pe­riod re­sulted in four play­ers serv­ing at least four penalty min­utes each. It started when Dal­las’ Radek Faksa popped Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in the side with his stick af­ter a shot. Smith re­tal­i­ated, and play­ers from both sides in­ter­vened. Ari­zona’s Law­son Crouse and Dal­las’ Cur­tis McKen­zie were given five min­utes each for fight­ing. Jamie Benn also scored for Dal­las, and John Kling­berg’s empty-net goal with 1:08 left made it 3-1, but the Coyotes were awarded a penalty shot with 6.6 sec­onds left that Radim Vr­bata con­verted. An­thony Du­clair also had a goal for Ari­zona.


Evan­der Kane scored his sec­ond goal of the game in the third pe­riod to lift Buf­falo over Detroit and get coach Dan Bylsma his 300th NHL vic­tory. Kane got his fifth goal in seven games 8:29 into the third by tak­ing a cross-ice pass from Brian Gionta and beat­ing goalie Petr Mrazek with a high wrist shot to the glove side. The Wings ral­lied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and thought they had tied it late when Frans Nielsen ap­peared the score, but the whis­tle had al­ready been blown be­cause goalie Robin Lehner was hurt af­ter be­ing struck in the throat by team­mate Zach Bo­gosian’s stick. Lehner was able to con­tinue af­ter be­ing at­tended to by the Buf­falo train­ing staff.—

NEW YORK: Kyle Tur­ris #7 of the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors takes a hold­ing penalty dur­ing the first pe­riod against Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers at Madi­son Square Gar­den on Tues­day in New York City.

NEW YORK: Nick Holden #22 and Kyle Tur­ris #7 of the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors con­verge in the crease at Madi­son Square Gar­den on Tues­day in New York City. The Rangers de­feated the Sen­a­tors 4-3.

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