Blue Jackets beat Bruins, stretch win streak to 13 games
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.
PENGUINS 5, DEVILS 2
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.
SHARKS 3, DUCKS 2, OT
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.
RANGERS 4, SENATORS 3
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.
WILD 3, PREDATORS 2, OT
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.
JETS 3, BLACKHAWKS 1
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.
FLAMES 6, AVALANCHE 3
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.
ISLANDERS 4, CAPITALS 3
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.
STARS 3, COYOTES 2
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.
SABRES 4, RED WINGS 3
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.