ATLANTA – Defenceman Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and three assists, and Ondrej Pavelec made 40 saves to help the Atlanta Thrashers win their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night.
Pavelec had 16 saves in the second period. During the winning streak, he has stopped 201-of-207 shots.
Atlanta, which has outscored opponents 19-3 over its last five, led 3-0 by the 14:42 mark of the first period on goals by Evander Kane, Byfuglien and Jim Slater.
Blake Wheeler’s wrister 12:22 into the second cut it to 3-1, but Niclas Bergfors scored on a power play by redirecting Byfuglien’s slapshot with 13 seconds left in the period.
The Bruins, who had a 10-game winning streak against Atlanta, have dropped two straight overall and are winless in four of their last five.
WASHINGTON (AP)—Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves and stopped all three Carolina attempts in the shootout, and Alex Ovechkin converted a shootout goal to lift the Capitals.
Carolina’s Eric Staal forced overtime with three seconds left in regulation, scoring his 11th goal of the season, and also had an assist on Erik Cole’s goal in the second period.
Alexander Semin and Marcus Johansson scored first-period goals for the Capitals.
DETROIT (AP)—Niklas Kronwall, Darren Helm, Valtteri Filppula and Danny Cleary scored, and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves as the Red Wings swept a weekend home-and-home series.
Johan Franzen added two assists for the Red Wings, who beat the Blue Jackets 2-1 on Friday night in Columbus.
Derick Brassard and Antoine Vermette scored, and Steve Mason stopped 38 shots for Columbus.