Cassidy gets his wish as Boston’s defensemen join the rush
BRUINS 4, CANUCKS 3
One thing interim coach Bruce Cassidy emphasized when he took over the Boston Bruins was that he wanted his defensemen to look to do more offensively.
It worked well in his second game.
David Pastrnak scored the tiebreaking goal with two minutes left in the third period, defensemen Colin Miller and Kevan Miller each had a goal and host Boston won its second straight under Cassidy with a 4-3 victory over Vancouver on Saturday.
“We’ve asked them to get involved,” said Cassidy, a former Washington Capitals coach. “It’s a matter of finding them and a matter of finishing.”
Cassidy took over earlier in the week when the Bruins fired Claude Julien, who was in his 10th season and coached the team to a 2011 Stanley Cup win. Boston also won in Cassidy’s debut, 6-3 over San Jose on Thursday.
FLYERS 2, SHARKS 1 (OT): Wayne Simmonds scored on a breakaway just more than a minute into overtime and Michal Neuvirth made 23 saves, helping Philadelphia end a three-game losing streak with a victory over visiting San Jose.
Ivan Provorov scored in regulation for the Flyers. Patrick Marleau had the goal for the Sharks, who lost their fourth straight game. Three of the Sharks’ losses during the skid have been after regulation.
STARS 5, HURRICANES 2: Patrick Eaves scored two goals to help Dallas win at home against Carolina.
Eaves’s first goal was one of three in the first 6:11 against Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward. In the second period, Eaves scored his career-high 21st goal, his 11th on the power play this season.
SENATORS 3, ISLANDERS 0: Craig Anderson made his first start in 69 days and turned aside 33 shots for Ottawa in a home win over New York.
Anderson left the club in early December to be with his wife, Nicholle, who is battling cancer, and he returned to practice last week.
The shutout was the fourth of the season for Anderson in 20 games and eighth of the season for the Senators. Mike Condon has the other four. Ottawa won its second in a row.
PANTHERS 7, PREDATORS 4: Nick Bjugstad and Vincent Trocheck scored 29 seconds apart in the second period, and Florida won at Nashville.
Jaromir Jagr also scored for the 1,899th point of his NHL career as Florida began a five-game trip by scoring four goals in the second.
BLUE JACKETS 2, RED WINGS 1: Cam Atkinson scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots and Columbus beat visiting Detroit.
This was Detroit’s first game since owner Mike Ilitch died Friday. He was 87.
RANGERS 4, AVALANCHE 2: Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for his 400th career win, and New York earned its fifth consecutive victory, beating Colorado.
Lundqvist is the 12th goaltender in NHL history with at least 400 wins and the first Europeanborn goaltender to reach the mark.
BLUES 4, CANADIENS 2: Patrik Berglund scored three goals to lift St. Louis to a victory at Montreal for its fourth straight road win.
David Perron also scored for the Blues, who have won five of six.
SABRES 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Evander Kane scored twice, Jack Eichel had a career-high three assists and visiting Buffalo handed Toronto its sixth loss in eight games.
Sam Reinhart also scored for the Sabres, and Robin Lehner made 43 saves.
LIGHTNING 4, JETS 1: Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Victor Hedman each had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay won at Winnipeg.
Brian Boyle also scored for the Lightning.
COYOTES 4, PENGUINS 3 (OT): Connor Murphy’s first goal of the season came with 21.8 seconds left in overtime, giving Arizona a win over Pittsburgh in Glendale, Ariz.
Murphy’s winner came after the Penguins overcame a 3-1 deficit with less than six minutes left to play in regulation. Josh Archibald’s shorthanded goal at 14:38 made it 3-2, and Phil Kessel put in a deflected shot from Kris Letang with 14.2 seconds to play to force overtime.
Kevan Miller (86) rejoices with Colin Miller and Jimmy Hayes after scoring a goal in the first period.