Rask helps Bru­ins hold off league-lead­ing Light­ning

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nhl -

BOS­TON — Char­lie McAvoy and Ri­ley Nash scored first-pe­riod goals, Tuukaa Rask made 19 saves to snap his fourgame los­ing streak and the Bos­ton Bru­ins hung on for a 3-2 vic­tory over the Tampa Bay Light­ning on Wed­nes­day night.

Torey Krug also scored and Brad Marc­hand as­sisted on the first two goals for the Bru­ins, who opened a 3-0 lead to post their fifth win in six games. Bos­ton im­proved to 13-3 in its last 16 at home against the Light­ning.

Steven Stamkos and An­drej Sustr scored for the Light­ning, and An­drei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves. Tampa Bay, which en­tered the game with the NHL’s best record, lost for the third time in four games fol­low­ing a sea­son-high five-game win­ning streak.

Crit­i­cized lately for his un­even play com­bined with re­cent solid per­for­mances by backup An­ton Khu­dobin, Rask raised his record to just 4-8-2 this sea­son. Khu­dobin is 7-0-2.

Rask flashed his pad to block Ryan Cal­la­han’s tip from in close late in the game.

The Bru­ins came out strong in the open­ing pe­riod, fir­ing 19 shots on goal en route to a 2-0 lead after one.

McAvoy snapped off a shot from the right cir­cle that slipped through a crowd of play­ers and past Vasilevskiy to make it 1-0 at 7:27. Orig­i­nally, it was waved off for goal­tender in­ter­fer­ence with Bos­ton’s Pa­trice Berg­eron and Brad Marc­hand at the edge of the crease, but Bru­ins coach Bruce Cas­sidy chal­lenged the call and it was over­turned.

An­toine Ver­mette scored twice and John Gib­son stopped 37 shots to lead Ana­heim to a road vic­tory over St. Louis. Kevin Roy also scored for the Ducks, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on to snap a four-game los­ing streak. Ver­mette snapped an 11-game score­less drought with his first multi­goal game since Nov. 25, 2015. Gib­son, who was pulled after giving up four goals on 22 shots in a 7-3 loss at Chicago on Mon­day, im­proved to 8-9-1. Kyle Brodziak scored twice in the game’s fi­nal 3:48 for the Blues, who had won four of their pre­vi­ous five. Brodziak’s goal with 16.7 sec­onds left brought the Blues within one.

Carey Price made 25 saves to lead Mon­treal to a home vic­tory over Ot­tawa for their third straight win. Jonathan Drouin and Phillip Danault scored in the sec­ond pe­riod for Mon­treal. Price im­proved to 3-0-0 while al­low­ing just two goals on 100 shots since he re­turned last week after miss­ing 10 games with a lower body in­jury. Mark Stone scored his 14th goal for Ot­tawa. Nathan MacKin­non scored his eighth goal of the sea­son in over­time to lift Colorado over Win­nipeg at home.

[WINSLOW TOWNSON/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS]

Bos­ton’s Torey Krug cel­e­brates his goal with team­mates dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s game against Tampa Bay. DUCKS 3, BLUES 2:

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