MARCHAND, PASTRNAK HELP BRUINS END FLAMES' STREAK
Brad Marchand (1-1-2) scored his 36th goal of the season to take over the NHL lead and help the Boston Bruins to their fourth straight victory, halting the Calgary Flames' franchise record-tying winning streak at 10 games.
* The Bruins (38-26-6, 82 points) improved to 12-3-0 in their past 15 games to move within three points of the Ottawa Senators (39-22-7, 85 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa holds a 2-0-0 edge in the season series (BOS: 0-2-0), though the teams play twice more this season: March 21 and April 6, both in Boston.
* Marchand (36-40-76), who has seven goals in his past five games, moved into a tie with Patrick Kane (31-45-76) and Connor McDavid (24-52-76) in the Art Ross Trophy race. His 36 goals place him one ahead of Sidney Crosby (35) in the push for the "Rocket" Richard Trophy and within one of equaling an NHL career high established in 2015-16.
* David Pastrnak scored twice to reach the 30-goal mark for the first time and extend his NHL career-high point streak to 10 games (5-9-14). Elias notes that Pastrnak is the first Bruins player with a point in 10 straight games since Patrice Bergeron had a 12-game streak from March 17 - April 8, 2014 (10-6-16).
Video: Bruins snap Flames' 10-game winning streak
Home Team in Caps
PHILADELPHIA 4, Pittsburgh 0
Boston 5, CALGARY 2
COLORADO 3, Detroit 1
ANAHEIM 2, St. Louis 1
DUCKS, FLYERS RIDE STRONG GOALTENDING TO KEY WINS
The Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers were backstopped to key wins via strong performances from their goaltenders:
* Jonathan Bernier (26 saves) earned his fourth straight victory and Rickard Rakell scored his 30th goal of the season when the Ducks improved to 4-1-0 in their past five contests and 6-1-0 in their past seven games at Honda Center. Anaheim (37-23-10, 84 points) established a two-point lead over Calgary (39-27-4, 82 points) for second place in the Pacific Division. Rakell reached the 30-goal mark in his 59th game of the season, one more goal than his total from his first 165 NHL games.
* Steve Mason (23 saves) earned his third shutout of the season to help the Flyers (32-29-8, 72 points) end a three-game slide and move back within five points of the idle New York Islanders (33-25-11, 77 points) for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Wayne Simmonds scored the 200th goal of his NHL career to move within one of reaching 30 goals in a season for a second time (2015-16: 32 in 81 GP); he shares the League lead with 15 power-play goals this season (tying an NHL career high set in 2013-14).
Video: Bernier, Getzlaf lead Ducks to 2-1 win vs. Blues
The League issued a statement regarding the decision Wednesday by the U.S. District Court regarding the suspension of Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman . . . Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron hit the 30-assist plateau for the 10th time in his NHL career. Elias notes that three other Bruins players have at least that many 30-assist seasons: Ray Bourque (19), Johnny Bucyk (17) and Rick Middleton (10) . . . Flames forward Matt Stajan (0-1-1) earned the 400th point of his NHL career . . . Avalanche forward J.T. Compher scored his first NHL goal (8 GP), while teammate Anton Lindholm made his NHL debut . . . ICYMI: Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, 45, issued a workout challenge to fans on Facebook . . . Members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players gathered in Ottawa to help start the celebration of 125 years of the Stanley Cup.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Philadelphia @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., TVA Sports, MSG+, CSN-PH
Winnipeg @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., MSG+ 2, TSN3
Nashville @ Washington, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, CSN-DC, FS-TN
Minnesota @ Carolina, 7 p.m., FS-CR, FS-N, FS-WI
Florida @ Columbus, 7 p.m., TVA Sports, FS-O, FS-F
Chicago @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS, CSN-CH
Toronto @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SUN, SNO
Boston @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNW, NESN
Dallas @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SNP, FS-SW
Detroit @ Arizona, 10 p.m., FS-A, FS-D
Buffalo @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, MSG-B
St. Louis @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, FS-MW
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ART ROSS CONTENDERS FACE OFF IN EDMONTON
Forwards Connor McDavid (24-52-76) and Brad Marchand (36-40-76), who are tied for first in NHL scoring with Patrick Kane (31-45-76), continue their pursuit of the Art Ross Trophy when the Edmonton Oilers (36-24-9, 81 points) and Bruins (38-26-6, 82 points) play in Edmonton. Marchand had two points (goal, assists) Wednesday to take sole possession of the League lead in goals and help Boston secure a fourth straight win. McDavid, meanwhile, needs four points to become the third Oilers player to reach 80 points in the past 20 years.
WILD CARD RACES INTENSIFY IN BOTH CONFERENCES
Several teams, each inside and outside the playoff picture, take to the ice in hopes of improving their position:
* In the East, the Tampa Bay Lightning (34-26-9, 77 points) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (31-23-14, 76 points) when each team looks to overtake the Islanders (33-25-11, 77 points), who host the Winnipeg Jets (30-33-7, 67 points), for the second wild card into the playoffs from the East. Toronto is 3-1-0 in its past four games, while Tampa Bay has earned a point in six straight games (5-0-1).
* In the West, the Los Angeles Kings (33-29-7, 73 points) host the Buffalo Sabres (28-30-12, 68 points) looking catch the St. Louis Blues (36-28-5, 77 points), who continue a five-game road trip against the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks (42-20-7, 91 points). Los Angeles sits four points back of St. Louis for the second wild card from the West.