BRU­INS SE­CURE 3,000TH VIC­TORY

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ne­wark, n. j. » Rookie Frank Va­trano scored early, Jonas Gus­tavs­son made 19 saves and the strug­gling Bos­ton Bru­ins beat the banged- up New Jersey Devils 4- 1 on Fri­day night for the 3,000th win in fran­chise his­tory.

Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Hayes and Colin Miller also scored as the Bru­ins snapped a two- game los­ing streak and won for only the se­cond time in seven games.

Bobby Farn­ham scored for the Devils, who have dropped three straight games in regulation for the first time since the start of the sea­son. Cory Schneider fin­ished with 27 saves.

The game was the start of a five- game road trip for the Bru­ins, and that might be the best place for them now. They are now 12- 3- 2 on the road and 9- 11- 2 at home.

Bos­ton has won its past five against New Jersey and 17 of 20.

FRI­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Elias Lind­holm scored twice, Cam Ward made 35 saves and the Hur­ri­canes beat the Blue Jack­ets 4- 1. Lind­holm put Carolina ahead 2- 1 on a slap shot with 5: 25 left in the se­cond pe­riod then added an empty- net goal with 1: 01 re­main­ing. Jor­dan Staal and Chris Terry also scored for the Hur­ri­canes. … Phillip Danault scored his first NHL goal, Corey Craw­ford made 28 saves and the Black­hawks beat the Sabres 3- 1 for their sixth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. Nik­las Hjal­mars­son and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago, and Craw­ford re­mained per­fect in seven ca­reer starts against Buf­falo. … Vic­tor Hed­man had a goal and two as­sists, and Steven Stamkos capped Tampa Bay’s three- goal, third­pe­riod rally to lift the Light­ning to a 3- 2 vic­tory over the Oil­ers. Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Light­ning, who ben­e­fited from some luck as each of their three goals de­flected in off an Ed­mon­ton skater.

FOOT­NOTES

Ovechkin clos­ing in on mile­stone. The Cap­i­tals left winger is three goals away from be­com­ing the 43rd player in NHL his­tory to reach 500 for his ca­reer and likely will be the fifth- fastest to hit that mile­stone. … The NHL sus­pended Cap­i­tals for­ward Mar­cus Jo­hans­son for two games for his hit to the head of Is­lan­ders de­fense­man Thomas Hickey. … The Rangers traded for­ward Emerson Etem to the Canucks for AHL for­ward Nick­las Jensen and a sixth- round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. … Cana­di­ens coach Michel Ther­rien doesn’t ex­pect star goalie Carey Price to re­turn be­fore early Fe­bru­ary at the ear­li­est. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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