MONTREAL – Lars Eller already had a career night when he decided to end it in style.
Eller had four goals—including one scored on a spin-o-rama during a penalty shot—and an assist as Montreal bounced back from a poor road trip with a convincing 7-3 win over Winnipeg.
Eller scored his fourth goal of the game on a penalty shot 11 minutes into the third, spinning around to beat Chris Mason for his third goal of the period.
Montreal, which went 1-5 on the trip, won for the second time in nine games—the last eight since interim coach Randy Cunneyworth took over for the fired Jacques Martin on Dec. 17.
Josh Gorges, Tomas Kaberle and Michael Cammalleri also scored for the Canadiens, who improved to 6-7-6 at home. Carey Price made 24 saves. Andrei Kostitsyn and Erik Cole each had two assists.
Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist, including a power-play tally 17:51 into the second to draw Winnipeg within 3-2. Tim Stapleton’s sixth goal gave the Jets a 1-0 lead 3:41 in. Andrew Ladd scored the Jets’ final goal with 6:57 left.
Ondrej Pavelec made 18 saves before he was replaced by Mason 6:49 into the third. Mason stopped six shots for Winnipeg, which had a three-game winning streak broken.
BRUINS 6 DEVILS 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, and Tim Thomas made 30 saves in the Boston Bruins’ rout of the Devils.
The defending Stanley Cup champions got back on track after their seven-game winning streak was snapped Saturday against Dallas. Boston (25-10-1) moved within one point of the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.
New Jersey (21-16-2) had dropped two straight after winning two in a row and seven of nine.
Gregory Campbell got Boston even at one in the first period, and Nathan Horton scored his fifth power-play goal of the season to give the Bruins the lead. David Krejci and Shawn Thornton added goals in the third.
David Clarkson put the Devils on top early with his team-leading 14th goal, but it wasn’t enough to keep New Jersey from its most-lopsided loss since a 6-1 defeat at Colorado on Nov. 30.
SHARKS 3, DUCKS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Brad Winchester and Benn Ferriero scored 27 seconds apart in the second period, and San Jose beat the Ducks for the first time in four tries this season.
Joe Pavelski also scored and Antti Niemi made 26 saves in his 13th consecutive start for the Sharks, who were inexplicably mastered in their first three meetings with the woebegone Ducks, who sit 29th in the NHL standings.
San Jose couldn’t score for the first 36 minutes, but Winchester’s shot off the post and Ferriero’s hustle play in front of Jonas Hiller’s net erased an early deficit and sent the Ducks spiralling to their seventh loss in eight games.
Corey Perry scored for the Ducks, who have lost 11 of 14 since replacing coach Randy Carlyle with Bruce Boudreau.
Hiller stopped 33 shots for Anaheim, which didn’t get a noticeable boost from left wing Jason Blake’s return from a 34-game injury absence.
Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf’s scoreless slump reached a career-worst six games in the Ducks’ third straight loss to start a six-game homestand.
CANUCKS 3, WILD 0
VANCOUVER (AP)—Roberto Luongo made 28 saves in his 700th NHL game and led the Canucks to a shutout victory against Minnesota.
Luongo earned his second shutout of the season—both against the Wild—and the 57th in his NHL career as the Canucks (25-13-3) moved to the top of the league standings with 53 points.
Luongo wasn’t severely tested but was good when he had to be. Top-line forwards Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows had goals, and Manny Malhotra scored into an empty net in the final minute.
Vancouver has one more point than Western Conference-rival Chicago, and the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. The defending Western champion Canucks have won seven of 10.
The Wild (21-14-6), who led the Northwest Division before a rash of injuries in December, lost for the 10th time in 11 games and are five points behind Vancouver. Minnesota has lost 10 straight to the Canucks in Vancouver.