MAPLE LEAFS SWEEP SEASON SERIES WITH BRUINS
Tyler Bozak broke a 1-1 tie with 1:57 remaining in the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs added two empty-net goals in a 4-2 defeat of the Boston Bruins and a sweep of their four-game season series (BOS: 0-4-0). They outscored the Bruins 18-9 in the four games.
* At 33-23-15 (81 points), the Maple Leafs strengthened their grip on the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and climbed within one point of the Bruins (38-28-6, 82 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division.
* The Maple Leafs swept a season series of at least four games against the Bruins for the second time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They went 6-0-0 against them in 1924-25.
Video: Bozak's late PPG helps Maple Leafs defeat Bruins
Home Team in Caps
TORONTO 4, Boston 2
Buffalo 2, DETROIT 1
NASHVILLE 3, Arizona 1
DALLAS 1, San Jose 0
EDMONTON 2, Los Angeles 0
TALBOT POSTS SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT, OILERS CLIMB PACIFIC DIVISION
Cam Talbot made 35 saves for his second straight shutout (also March 18 vs. VAN) to backstop the Edmonton Oilers to their fourth consecutive win. At 39-24-9 (87 points), the Oilers moved ahead of the Anaheim Ducks (38-23-11, 87 points) for second place in the Pacific Division; the teams play at Anaheim on Wednesday.
* Talbot had his seventh shutout of the season and improved to 37-20-8 with a 2.32 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and seven shutouts. He became the first Oilers goaltender with seven shutouts in a season since Tommy Salo had eight in 2000-01 and climbed within three wins of matching the single-season Oilers record of 40 set by Grant Fuhr in 1987-88.
* Connor McDavid had two assists to move back into first place in the Art Ross Trophy race with 82 points (25 goals, 57 assists).
Video: McDavid, Talbot lead Oilers to 2-0 home win
PREDATORS RECLAIM THIRD PLACE IN CENTRAL DIVISION
Ryan Ellis had his second multigoal game of the season to power the Nashville Predators to their fourth win in their past five games.
* Nashville (36-25-11, 83 points) moved two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues (38-28-5, 81 points) for third place in the Central Division. The Predators hold a 3-1-0 edge in their five-game season series with the Blues (STL: 1-3-0), which concludes at St. Louis on April 2.
* Pekka Rinne made 25 saves to improve to 6-1-2 with a 2.60 GAA and .911 save percentage in his past nine games, and 28-16-8 with a 2.51 GAA, .915 save percentage and two shutouts for the season.
Video: Ellis scores twice to power Preds past Coyotes, 3-1
Jack Eichel scored to reach the 50-point milestone for the second time in as many seasons (21-29-50) and help the Buffalo Sabres earn win in their final visit to Joe Louis Arena. … Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for his 36th NHL shutout as the Dallas Stars hosted Veterans Appreciation Night. … Brad Marchand (37-43-80) had an assist to become the first Bruins player to reach the 80-point mark in a season since Marc Savard had 88 points (25 goals, 63 assists) in 2008-09. … William Nylander (2-6-8 in 8 GP) and Viktor Arvidsson (4-2-6 in 5 GP) each extended point streaks. … Sabres defenseman Brady Austin made his NHL debut. … The Detroit Red Wings honored former forward Dallas Drake in a pregame ceremony at Joe Louis Arena. … Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk was suspended for two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. … Bruins forward Brad Marchand, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Flames goaltender Brian Elliott were named the NHL Three Stars of the Week for the week ending March 19. … Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of Bernie Parent and Guy Lafleur as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m., NESN, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, ROOT, NHL.TV
NY Rangers @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, MSG, NHL.TV
Calgary @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, SNW, NHL.TV
Detroit @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, FS-D, NHL.TV
Arizona @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., TVA Sports, SUN, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV
Carolina @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, FS-CR, NHL.TV
Philadelphia @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, CSN-PH, NHL.TV
San Jose @ Minnesota, 8:30 p.m., NBCSN, NHL.TV
Vancouver @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, SNP, NHL.TV
St. Louis @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, FS-MW, NHL.TV
ATLANTIC DIVISION CONTENDERS MEET AT TD GARDEN
The Ottawa Senators (39-24-8, 86 points) visit the Bruins (38-28-6, 82 points) in a game between two of the top three teams in the Atlantic Division. The Senators are four points behind the Montreal Canadiens (41-23-8, 90 points) and aim to reach the 40-win mark for the first time since they went 43-26-13 in 2014-15, while the Bruins look to extend their home winning streak to four. The Senators have won four consecutive games against the Bruins dating to Jan. 9, 2016 (BOS: 0-3-1), including a 2-0-0 record in their four-game season series.
ELLIOTT AIMS TO ESTABLISH FRANCHISE RECORD WITH 12TH STRAIGHT WIN
Flames goaltender Brian Elliott has won 11 consecutive games, during which he has a 1.70 GAA, .942 save percentage and two shutouts. He can establish the longest winning streak by a Flames goaltender with a victory against the Washington Capitals, eclipsing the mark set by Mike Vernon from Jan. 17 - Feb. 27, 1989 (11-0-0). The Flames (41-27-4, 86 points) are 13-1-1 in their past 15 games, while the Capitals (46-17-8, 100 points) recently clinched a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 27th time, and ninth time in the past 10 seasons.