Atlantic Division-leading Montreal wins its fifth straight game
Carey Price made 26 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-1 road victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Shea Weber, Artturi Lehkonen, Andrew Shaw and Jordie Benn scored for the Canadiens, who are in first place in the Atlantic Division.
Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk each had two assists for Montreal, which has won six of seven. That streak started with a shootout win over the Rangers on Feb. 21 at Madison Square Garden.
Chris Kreider scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for the Rangers, who have lost three of their past four.
With the Rangers trailing 3-0, Lundqvist made two strong saves on Pacioretty early in the third period before the Rangers got on the board.
Kreider took a pass from Derek Stepan and scored on his own rebound for his 24th of the season at 1:44.
However, Benn restored Montreal’s three-goal lead with his third of the season at 6:58.
Leading by a goal after the first period, the Canadiens controlled the play in the early part of the second by winning the battles for the loose pucks.
Pacioretty took the puck away from defenseman Ryan McDonagh along the boards and passed to Phillip Danault, who set up Lehkonen for a one-timer that beat Lundqvist stick-side for his 12th goal of the season at 8:48.
The Rangers then started getting some pressure on Price.
Pavel Buchnevich sent a pass to Rick Nash, who collided with Price with nine minutes remaining in the period. A minute later, Price made a nice save on Kevin Hayes, who came in on a break with Jimmy Vesey. Montreal withstood the push and took a 3-0 lead late in the second.
STARS 2, PANTHERS 1: John Klingberg scored the winning goal with 1:07 left, and Dallas beat Florida in Sunrise, Fla.
Klingberg took a shot from the right circle, and the puck went high into the net over the shoulder of James Reimer. The Stars won for the fourth time in six games.
Jamie Benn also scored a goal and had an assist for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves. Tyler Seguin had two assists.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored the Panthers’ goal. Reimer made 32 saves for Florida, which has lost five of its past six.
BRUINS 3, DEVILS 2: Ryan Spooner scored midway through the third period to lift host Boston over New Jersey for its eighth victory in 10 games under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.
Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug also scored for the Bruins, and backup goalie Anton Khudobin stopped 15 shots. Cassidy took over for fired coach Claude Julien on Feb. 7.
LIGHTNING 2, SABRES 1 (SO): Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov scored in a shootout, sending Tampa Bay to a victory at Buffalo.
Tyler Johnson scored in regulation for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves.
SENATORS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: Zack Smith scored his league-leading fourth short-handed goal in the third period, and Ottawa beat visiting Columbus.
Viktor Stalberg scored his first goal since joining the Senators ahead of Wednesday’s trade deadline. Erik Karlsson scored his 11th of the season, and Craig Anderson made 25 saves.
JETS 6, AVALANCHE 1: Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers each had a goal and two assists, leading Winnipeg to a home victory over Colorado.
Making his 10th straight start in goal, Connor Hellebuyck almost had his second straight shutout for the Jets until Gabriel Landeskog scored with 15.4 seconds left.
BLACKHAWKS 5, PREDATORS 3: Brian Campbell scored with 1:05 remaining to lead visiting Chicago past Nashville for its seventh consecutive win.
Patrick Kane scored twice, including an empty-netter after Campbell’s goal, and Jordin Tootoo and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 32 saves.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is congratulated by defenseman Nathan Beaulieu after he saved 26 shots and beat the Rangers.