BOSTON (AP) - Zdeno Chara had his first career three-goal game and Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots for his seventh shutout to lift the Boston Bruins to a 7-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.
Mark Stuart, returning to the lineup after missing 18 games with a broken finger, had a goal in the first period. Gregory Campbell, Patrice Bergeron and Michael Ryder also scored for Boston, which has lost just twice in regulation in its last 13 games (8-2-3).
It was the Bruins' second lopsided win in six days; they shut out Ottawa 6-0 with Thomas in net last Tuesday. It was also the third time in the last four games Boston scored at least six goals.
The teams meet again Tuesday night at Carolina. The Hurricanes lost in regulation for just the second time in 11 games (6-2-3).
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Patrick Marleau scored early in his 1,000th career NHL game and the San Jose Sharks beat Phoenix 4-2 Monday, snapping the Coyotes' four-game winning streak.
Rookie Logan Couture and Dany Heatley each had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who won their second in a row after ending a six-game skid with a win Saturday night against St. Louis. Joe Thornton's empty-net goal with 48 seconds left sealed the victory.
Coyotes rookie Oliver Ekman-Larsson got his first NHL goal. Derek Morris also scored for Phoenix.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Vladimir Zharkov scored his first NHL goal, and the suddenly potent New Jersey Devils broke out again.
Zharkov started the Devils' latest barrage in the first period before Ilya Kovalchuk doubled the lead 57 seconds later. New Jersey also got a pair of goals 54 seconds apart from Rod Pelley and Dainius Zubrus in the second period after the Islanders trimmed a three-goal deficit to one.
Mattias Tedenby, playing for the first time since Jan. 1, and Pelley both had a goal and an assist to back Martin Brodeur's 27-save effort.
The Devils (13-29-3) closed within six points of the Islanders (14-23-7) as they try to escape the NHL cellar.
P.A. Parenteau and Michael Grabner had goals 54 seconds apart to pull New York to 3-2.