NEW YORK, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 43 saves — including a stop on a first-period penalty shot — and the Boston Bruins spoiled the return of New York forward Rick Nash in a 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille, with his 10th career short-handed goal, provided all the offence Rask needed in the second period as the Bruins (14-6-1) finished a 2-1 road trip. Boston passed Tampa Bay atop the Atlantic Division standings and moved into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots, but most of the action was at the other end. The Rangers have only two goals in three games, splitting a pair of 1-0 decisions in the previous two. New York has dropped three in a row at home.
AVALANCHE 5, BLACKHAWKS 1
Gabriel Landeskog and John Mitchell also scored during the Avalanche's three-goal first period. P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod added goals in the second and third for Colorado, which snapped a three-game skid.
Brandon Saad scored for the Blackhawks, who failed to get at least two goals for the first time this season. Antti Raanta made 14 saves in his NHL debut for the Stanley Cup champions. He played the final 46:23 in relief of Corey Crawford, who allowed three goals on seven shots.
KINGS 5, LIGHTNING 2
Justin Williams also had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have earned a point in seven consecutive games. Dustin Brown and Dwight King also scored in Los Angeles' impressive return from a four-game road trip.
Scrivens' shutout streak ended at 191 minutes, 19 seconds, on Valtteri Filppula's power-play goal late in the second period, but injured Jonathan Quick's new backup cruised to his fourth consecutive victory in his home debut.
The Lightning fell out of first place in the Eastern Conference with their second straight loss.
PREDATORS 2, RED WINGS 0
DETROIT (AP) — Rookie goalie Marek Mazanec made 27 saves to earn his first shutout, and Nashville extended Detroit's losing streak to seven games.
The Red Wings' home slide reached eight games (0-6-2). They have gone seven games without a win overall (0-5-2) for the first time since the last seven games of the 2002 regular season, according to STATS. That team went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.
FLYERS 5, SENATORS 2
Timonen and Simmonds scored 23 seconds apart to snap a 2-all tie in the third period. Mason stoned Turris on a penalty shot with 5:06 left to preserve the two-goal cushion.
CANADIENS 6, WILD 2
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty had a natural hat trick in the second period as Montreal cooled off Minnesota.
Wild starter Josh Harding, one of the NHL's three stars for his three wins last week, was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on 19 shots. Harding has given up three goals only twice this season, both times to Montreal.
The only other hat trick of Pacioretty's career came on Feb. 9, 2012.
BLUES 4, SABRES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Brenden Morrow scored twice and St. Louis extended its mastery of Buffalo.
Tyler Ennis scored for the Sabres just 10 seconds into the game, but Buffalo lost after consecutive home wins last week.
St. Louis is 8-1 in its past nine trips to Buffalo.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, ISLANDERS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Phil Kessel scored two goals and Toronto beat New York for its second win in a row.
Smith had a goal and two assists, and Joffrey Lupul had three assists.
OILERS 7, BLUE JACKETS 0
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — David Perron had a career-high four points with two goals and two assists as Edmonton routed Columbus.
Devan Dubnyk needed only 14 saves to earn his first shutout of the season.
Edmonton was 2-9-1 in its previous 12 games before putting together its second set of back-to-back wins.
The Blue Jackets have lost four of their past five and nine of 11.
PANTHERS 3, CANUCKS 2, SO
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in a shootout to lift Florida over slumping Vancouver.
Vancouver has six goals during the five-game slide.