BOSTON (AP) — Matt Grzelcyk scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:16 left to give Boston a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night and prevent the Bruins from losing back-to-back games for the first time all season.
Toronto led 1-0 and 2-1 before Boston took its first lead at 3-2 on A.J Greer’s goal midway through the second period. But Auston Matthews, returning from an undisclosed injury that cost him two games, tied it for Toronto early in the third.
DETROIT (AP) — Patrik Laine had his 10th NHL hat trick and Columbus snapped a 10-game road losing streak.
Laine, whose previous hat trick came Feb. 17 last season against Chicago, had gone scoreless in his last nine games. Vladislav Gavrikov also scored for the Blue Jackets, and Johnny Gaudreau and Jack Roslovic had two assists apiece.
Elvis Merzlikins made 25 saves for his first victory since Dec. 11.
Ilya Sorokin made 22 saves for the Islanders, who had lost the first two games of a five-game homestand against Dallas and Minnesota.
Nick Suzuki scored for Montreal midway through the third period to spoil Sorokin's shutout bid. Sam Montembault had 36 saves,
FLAMES 6, STARS 5
Andrew Mangiapane scored just 25 seconds into the game and Trevor Lewis, Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Andersson also had goals for the Flames. Calgary led 6-1 late in the second period and has earned points in it last five games (3-0-2). Dan Vladar made 29 saves.
Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist for the Stars, who are winless in two straight and four of their last six games. Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist and Jamie Benn and Colin Miller also scored for Dallas. Scott Wedgewood made 30 saves.
AVALANCHE 7, SENATORS 0
DENVER (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen and Alex Newhook each had two goals and an assist, Mikko Rantanen also scored twice, and Pavel Francouz made 29 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead Colorado.
Rantanen scored his 28th and 29th goals to break Joe Sakic’s 27-year-old team record for goals at the halfway point of the regular season.
Anton Forsberg had 26 saves for Ottawa.
FLYERS 3, CAPITALS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Laughton had a goal and an assist and Philadelphia beat Washington.
HURRICANES 2, PENGUINS 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots and overcame a mishap in the third period for Carolina.
PANTHERS 4, CANUCKS 3
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Ekblad scored the tiebreaking goal in Florida's three-goal second period.(backslash)
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