BOSTON – Jaromir Jagr scored off his skate in his Bruins debut and Tuukka Rask stopped 40 shots to lead Boston to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
Acquired from Dallas this week shortly before the trade deadline, Jagr joined the Bruins for the pregame skate Thursday morning and quickly endeared himself to the Boston fans. Brad Marchand’s centring pass went off Jagr’s left skate and past Martin Brodeur to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead with 80 seconds gone in the second period.
Rask earned his third shutout of the season. Brodeur made 25 saves for the Devils.
The Bruins keep pace with Montreal, which entered the night with a one-point lead in the Northeast Division. New Jersey, the defending Eastern Conference champions, fell into ninth and out of playoff position.
CANADIENS 4, JETS 1
MONTREAL (AP)—Michael Ryder scored two goals and set up another, and Montreal handed Winnipeg its fifth straight loss.
Brian Gionta and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal (24-8-5), which has won four of five but was coming off a 5-3 loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Winnipeg outshot Montreal 35-24, but Canadiens backup goalie Peter Budaj improved to 6-1-1.
Alexander Burmistrov got his first goal in 18 games for the Jets (18-19-2), who fell out of first place in the Southeast Division to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Washington and Winnipeg both have 38 points, but the Capitals own the top spot in the division on a tiebreaker.
The Jets, who were swept on a three-game road trip, have scored only six goals during their losing streak.
CAPITALS 2, ISLANDERS 1, SO
WASHINGTON (AP)—Mike Green scored his fifth goal in four games, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and then was perfect in the shootout, and Washington’s long, slow comeback toward a playoff spot took another big step with a shootout win over the New York Islanders.
Holtby denied Frans Nielsen, Brad Boyes and John Tavares in the shootout for the Capitals, who moved into a tie on points with Winnipeg atop the Southeast Division.
Washington has two games in hand against Winnipeg, a major turnaround for a Capitals team that started 2-8-1. They have won six of eight.
The Islanders tied the game on Kyle Okposo’s one-timer with 4:59 to play in regulation.
Evgeni Nabokov was Holtby’s equal, making 21 stops in a game that was just as crucial for the surging Islanders. New York, trying to make playoffs for first time since 2007, had won five of six and picked up a standings point to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
FLYERS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3
TORONTO (AP)—Former Maple Leafs enforcer Jay Rosehill scored the winning goal, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves for surging Philadelphia, which beat Toronto for its fourth straight victory.
Simon Gagne, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn also scored for Philadelphia (17-17-3), which is trying to make a late run for a playoff spot. Sean Couturier added two assists.
Nikolai Kulemin, John-Michael Liles and James van Riemsdyk had goals for Toronto (20-13-4), which lost left wing Joffrey Lupul in the first period to an upper-body injury after he took a hard hit.
James Reimer made 26 saves for the Maple Leafs. Dion Phaneuf had two assists.
LIGHTNING 5, HURRICANES 0
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Ben Bishop earned a shutout in his debut with Tampa Bay and the Lightning routed reeling Carolina.
Bishop, acquired Wednesday from Ottawa for promising rookie Cory Conacher, stopped a career-high 45 shots.
Teddy Purcell, Tom Pyatt and Keith Aulie scored during the Lightning’s three-goal second period.
Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists, NHL goal leader Steven Stamkos had two assists, and Benoit Pouliot added a goal and an assist to help Tampa Bay earn points for the fourth straight game.
The Lightning moved into a tie with Carolina for third in the Southeast Division.
Dan Ellis stopped 25 shots for the Hurricanes. Since they led Washington 2-0 on March 14—a game they lost 3-2—they have been outscored 42-15 while dropping 10 of 11 games.
Bishop posted his third career shutout and second this season while improving to 5-1 in his last six games.
BLUE JACKETS 3, PREDATORS 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Marian Gaborik scored the go-ahead goal at 4:16 of the third period and added an assist in his debut with Columbus, helping the Blue Jackets beat the Predators.
The Blue Jackets won for just the seventh time in Nashville and the second time this season in this series between Central Division rivals. Matt Calvert also had a goal and an assist, James Wisniewski had a power-play goal, and Brandon Dubinsky had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves.
Kevin Klein scored a goal for Nashville, which slipped one point behind Columbus and into 11th place in the Western Conference.
BLUES 4, BLACKHAWKS 3, SO
CHICAGO (AP)—Defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout, and St. Louis rallied to beat Chicago.
Chris Stewart, Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen also scored in the shootout for the Blues, who bounced back from a 2-1 deficit after two periods and ended a seven game (0-3-4) losing streak in Chicago, dating to Feb. 3, 2010. The NHL-leading Blackhawks lost for only the third time this season (20-1-2) when leading after 40 minutes.
St. Louis’ Adam Cracknell scored his first two goals of the season and David Backes added a goal early in the third period, ending a 14-game drought.
Chicago’s Viktor Stalberg swept in a rebound of Michal Rozsival’s shot with 4:31 left in regulation to tie the game at 3 and snap his 14-game run without a goal. Jonathan Toews scored his 18th goal early in the second period and set up rookie Brandon Saad’s goal 2:27 later.
COYOTES 4, RED WINGS 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Chris Conner scored in his Phoenix debut, Mikkel Boedker had a pair of assists, and the Coyotes held off Detroit.
Phoenix kicked off a critical three-game homestand by beating Los Angeles on Tuesday and left the Red Wings flatfooted with three second-period goals.
Michael Stone got the flurry started, Shane Doan finished it off, and Martin Hanzal scored into an empty net with less than a second left. Chad Johnson stopped 34 shots in his third start of the season.
Valtteri Filppula scored in the first period, and Daniel Cleary had a power-play goal with 1:13 left in the third, but Detroit couldn’t finish off the comeback and lost for the third time in four games.
KINGS 3, WILD 0
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Justin Williams and Jeff Carter scored 98 seconds apart on the first two shots of the game, Williams added a goal on Los Angeles’ first shot of the second period, and the Kings beat Minnesota behind Jonathan Bernier’s first shutout of the season.
Bernier made 23 saves en route to his sixth NHL shutout and first since Feb. 12, 2012—also against the Wild at Minnesota.
Williams extended his goal streak to five games, eclipsing his previous career best at 1:29.
Mike Richards set up the second goal with a perfect pass to Carter, who slid his 21st goal through Niklas Backstrom’s pads before many in the sellout crowd had found their seats.
Minnesota coach Mike Yeo replaced the six-year veteran with Darcy Kuemper, who faced only four shots the rest of the period.
The defending Stanley Cup champions had just 14 shots.
CANUCKS 4, OILERS 0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Cory Schneider made 23 saves, and Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist for Vancouver in a victory over Edmonton that moved the Canucks into first place in the Northwest Division.
Schneider, making his ninth consecutive start, had 12 saves through 40 minutes and then stopped 11 shots in the third for his fourth shutout of the season and eighth of his NHL career.
Sedin set up Kevin Bieksa’s first-period goal and then scored in the second. Chris Higgins and Zack Kassian had goals in the third to help Vancouver snap a two-game skid.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 24 saves for Edmonton, which had its five-game winning streak broken and fell into ninth place in the Western Conference.