Grzelcyk scores late as Bruins beat Maple Leafs 4-3

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.

Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak also scored for Boston, and Linus Ullmark stopped 18 shots. The Bruins have the NHL’s best record — 11 points ahead of Atlantic Division rival Toronto.

Michael Bunting and Pierre Engvall also scored for the Maple Leafs, and Matt Murray made 30 saves.

BLUE JACKETS 4, RED WINGS 3

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.

Olli Maatta, Jake Walman and Lucas Raymond scored third-period goals for the Red Wings, and Ville Husso made 21 saves.

ISLANDERS 2, CANADIENS 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Casey Cizikas and Anthony Beauvillier scored in the first period and New York snapped a four-game losing streak.

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

DALLAS (AP) — Nazem Kadri’s team-best 17th goal and Chris Tanev’s first of the season were part of Calgary’s four-goal second period as the Flames hung on to beat Dallas.

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.

Brad Hunt also scored, and Nathan MacKinnon and Logan O'Connor each had two assists for Colorado, which had lost seven of eight games.

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.

James van Riemsdyk and Wade Allison also scored for the Flyers, who have won three straight. Carter Hart had 39 saves for his third win in four starts.

Alex Ovechkin reached 30 goals for the 17th season, tying an NHL record set by Mike Gartner. Darcy Kuemper had 22 saves for the Capitals.

HURRICANES 2, PENGUINS 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots and overcame a mishap in the third period for Carolina.

Brady Skjei and Jalen Chatfield scored for the Hurricanes, who’ve won two in a row since a four-game skid.

Rickard Rakell scored on a third-period power play for the Penguins, who were trying to win for the third time in four games. Casey DeSmith had 34 saves.

PANTHERS 4, CANUCKS 3

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Ekblad scored the tiebreaking goal in Florida's three-goal second period.(backslash)

Ryan Lomberg, Eric Staal and Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves.

Jack Studnicka, Tyler Myers and Elias Pettersson scored for the Canucks, who have lost four straight. Spencer Martin had 26 saves.

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