Bruins 4, Wild 3
Jake DeBrusk and Frank Vatrano each scored a first-period goal, and Boston held off Minnesota on Monday night for its third victory in the last 11 games against the Wild.
Sean Kuraly and Torey Krug both scored in the second for the Bruins, shut out in two matchups versus Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk last season.
Zdeno Chara and Jordan Szwarz each had two assists as Boston solved Dubnyk early. Minnesota’s netminder was pulled after facing 24 shots in two periods.
Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for Boston, including a right-pad save on Mikael Granlund’s penalty shot with 13:05 to play.
Eric Staal, Nino Niederreiter and Granlund each had a goal and for the Wild, who lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.
Staal scored a short-handed goal on a clean breakaway with 4:04 left to cut it to 4-3, but the Bruins held on for their second win in five games.
Minnesota pulled its goalie with about 2½ minutes left and Tim Schaller wrapped it up with an empty-netter in the final minute.
After the Wild took a 1-0 lead on Niederreiter’s goal 4:53 into the game, the Bruins finally found a way to score against Dubnyk by getting two just more than two minutes apart midway through the period.
DeBrusk tied it at 10:23 when his shot caromed into the net off the skate of Wild defenseman Ryan Suter.
Vatrano gave Boston the lead for good when he fired a shot from the top of the left circle that hit the post, bounced off the back of Dubnyk’s left skate and into the net.
And the Bruins didn’t stop there.
In the second, Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu missed an excellent scoring chance when he lifted a backhand that hit off the crossbar in the opening minute.
The Bruins then took control when Kuraly and Krug scored a little more than two minutes apart early in the second.
Kuraly, charging to the net, scored on the second rebound of Schaller’s shot and Krug one-timed David Pastrnak’s drop pass by Dubnyk.
The Bruins dominated play for most of the second, holding the Wild to one shot on goal in the opening 15½ minutes and only four in the period.
Granlund was awarded a penalty shot after he was tripped by Krug near center ice.
Boston forward Brad Marchand was out with an upper-body injury and C David Krejci, sidelined since Oct. 19 with an upper-body injury, was placed on injured reserve. Boston recalled D Rob O’Gara from Providence of the AHL before the game.
Rangers 5, Blue Jackets 3
Michael Grabner had two goals and New York scored four times in the third period to rally past Columbus for its fourth straight victory.
Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich scored in the third for the Rangers, with Mika Zibanejad getting an assist on all three goals. New York trailed 2-0 before Grabner scored his first of the game at 12:41 of the second. He sealed it on an empty-netter with 49 seconds left.
Shattenkirk and Buchnevich each had a goal and an assist. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves as the Rangers improved to 7-7-2 this season.
Artemi Panarin, Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets in the finale of their three-game road trip.
Capitals 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)
John Carlson scored the winner in overtime as Washington came back to beat Arizona for its first three-game winning streak of the season.
Carlson scored with 45.4 seconds left on the clock in overtime, his first goal in 16 games, after T.J. Oshie whiffed on his shot attempt. Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Ovechkin scored in regulation for Washington, which got 24 saves from Braden Holtby.
Clayton Keller scored his rookie-best 11th goal of the season and Christian Fischer added another for Arizona. Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood was one of the best players on the ice with 37 saves on 40 shots.
The Capitals outshot the Coyotes 40-26.
Maple Leafs 4, Golden Knights 3 (SO)
Mitch Marner scored in the shootout to lift Toronto to a victory over Vegas after the Maple Leafs blew a two-goal lead.
Marner was the first skater in the tiebreaker and went out wide to the left before cutting in toward the net, forcing Maxime Lagace to commit with a deke before tucking the puck past him.
Nazem Kadri had two goals and James van Riemsdyk also scored for Toronto, which led 3-1 after one. Frederik Andersen made 22 saves and stopped three skaters in the shootout.
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