Power play, Bo­brovsky shine as Jack­ets win

The Bradenton Herald - - Sports -

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.

No­table

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.

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