BOSTON (AP) -Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots for his first NHL shutout in his fourth start and Marc Savard scored to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Rask was playing in his first NHL game since Dec. 6, 2007, because of an injury to Manny Fernandez had forced Tim Thomas to play the previous eight games. In recording his first win since Nov. 26, 2007, Rask raised his NHL record to 3-1-1 and lifted the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins to 7-1-2 over their last 10 games.
Savard deflected a slap shot by defenseman Dennis Wideman out of midair and into the net with 22.2 seconds left in the second period. Rask then stood up under the pressure, making 15 saves in the third period.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin broke a third-period tie with another highlight-reel goal and added a power-play tally less than two minutes later as the Washington Capitals extended the Detroit Red Wings' losing streak to a season-high five games.
Ovechkin looked to have overskated a feed from Viktor Kozlov along the left wing, but reached behind himself, sneaked the puck through his own legs and used defenseman Brian Rafalski as a shield before pushing a low shot past Ty Conklin with 7:08 remaining.
Detroit's Kirk Maltby was penalized for cross-checking with 5:58 left, and, 6 seconds later, Ovechkin popped in Nicklas Backstrom's rebound for his team-high 33rd goal.
Mike Green and Kozlov also scored for Washington, which halted a two-game losing streak. Ville Leino and Johan Franzen had Detroit's goals. The Red Wings lost to the Capitals for the first time since Nov. 24, 2003.
MONTREAL (AP) - Andrei Markov's power-play goal with 22.3 seconds remaining gave the Canadiens the victory. Christopher Higgins had scored 18:07 into the third to draw Montreal even at 3.
Markov got credit for his eighth goal at 19:37 when Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick knocked the puck over the goal line as he tried to cover up on a goalmouth scramble.
Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn also scored for Montreal, which ended a season-high four-game losing streak. Carey Price stopped 23 shots for his first win in four starts since returning from an ankle injury.
Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll each had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who ended a three-game winning streak.
DENVER (AP) - Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period for the Anaheim Ducks, who sent the struggling Colorado Avalanche to their fourth straight loss.
The Avalanche have lost seven of eight and are 1-5-0 on their season-high eight-game homestand that they had hoped would serve as the catalyst for salvaging a season quickly turning sour.
Selanne's goal five minutes into the third period made a loser of Peter Budaj, who was 1-4-0 with a 3.88 goals-against average in his previous six starts.
George Parros, Ryan Getzlaf and Scott Niedermayer also scored for Anaheim. John-Michael Liles, Milan Hejduk and Ian Laperriere had goals for Colorado.