Power play, Bobrovsky shine as Jackets win
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ NHL-worst power play scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves in a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals Friday night in Washington.
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in his return to the lineup and Anthony Duclair had his seventh goal of the season for Columbus, which has three power-play goals during its two-game winning streak. It entered the night 7 of 59 on the power play, an 11.9 percent conversion rate that was last among the league’s 31 teams.
Bobrovsky bailed his teammates out on a turnover-filled night that saw him face 34 shots. Fellow Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby did the same for the Capitals, stopping 34 of the 36 shots he faced.
Maple Leafs 6, Devils 1: John Tavares scored his ninth goal of the season, Patrick Marleau had his 600th NHL assist and the Toronto beat visiting New Jersey. Frederik Andersen made 38 saves.
Wild: Zach Parise had a goal and an assist to reach 700 points Thursday night, but he was more pleased about helping teammate Nico Niederreiter out of a prolonged scoring drought. Niederreiter scored in Minnesota’s 3-1 win over the Kings in Los Angeles, his first goal after 22 regular-season games dating back to March.
Bruins: Goaltender Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of absence from the team for a personal matter.