NHL roundup

Boston's David Backes checks Calgary's Garnet Hathaway during the first period of Tuesday's game at TD Garden. Boston won, 5-2. (Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)
Boston's David Backes checks Calgary's Garnet Hathaway during the first period of Tuesday's game at TD Garden. Boston won, 5-2. (Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

Bruins 5, Flames 2

Boston made up for a slow start with an impressive finish.

Patrice Bergeron played a key role.

Bergeron score two of Boston's three goals in the third period, and the Bruins pulled away from Calgary for a win on Tuesday night.

Boston held Calgary to 17 shots in the last 40 minutes and scored four straight goals after falling behind 2-1.

"We played much more to our style of play, how we want to wear teams down and eventually get our looks," coach Bruce Cassidy said.

"That's essentially what we asked our group to be after the first period. Let's just play hard, get back to competing hard and winning pucks, getting there first. If you're not getting there first, arrive ornery and I thought we did a good job."

Riley Nash also scored twice and David Backes had two assists for the Bruins, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Zdeno Chara had an empty-net goal and Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots.

"I thought the last 40 minutes were the way we want to play," Bergeron said. "That's heavy team that's got a lot of skills. It's going to happen. You're not going to dominate and be at your best all the time."

Calgary had won four of five. Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Flames, and David Rittich had 35 saves.

Down 4-2, the Flames gambled by pulling Rittich for an extra skater and Chara made them play with an end-to-end shot with 3:46 left to play.

After coming up empty on five power-play opportunities, the Flames felt they cost themselves a chance at a point or two in the fifth of six straight on the road.

"We've just got to better obviously on special teams," said Flames captain Mark Giordano, who assisted on Gaudreau's goal. "We had our looks on the power play. We had some good kills early but at the end of the day not good enough."

The Flames wrap up the long trip Thursday at Nashville.

Boston jumped in front on Nash's ninth goal just 28 seconds into the game, but Bennett got his eighth of the season at 2:03 and Gaudreau stuffed in a rebound at 9:12 to put Calgary up 2-1.

Nash tied it with 3:40 left in the second, and Boston regained the lead 1:15 into the third period when Bergeron scored on the power play. Bergeron took a long pass through center ice from Torey Krug and beat Rittich with a wrist shot to the stick side.

It was the 26th goal of the season for Bergeron, who added No. 27 at 9:19 when he tipped in a shot from Brad Marchand after blocking a shot in Boston's own zone and starting the Bruins on an odd-man rush the other way.

"You always try to take care of the D-zone first and then you can think offense," Bergeron said. "Obviously after that we were able to sustain some pressure and eventually get the goal."

Wild 3, Rangers 2

Devan Dubnyk and Minnesota are getting plenty of practice in defending three-goal leads.

Dubnyk made 32 saves, and Minnesota's three-goal advantage held up for the third straight game as the Wild beat the Rangers.

Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Marcus Foligno all scored in the first 6:17 for the Wild, who ran their home point streak to a franchise-record 13 games (10-0-3).

"We'll take three-goal leads every game," Staal said. "We'll do that every time. That's fine. Three's a big hill. For us to be able to come out with that lead and to be able to get that, it's big.

"Human nature, I think, is sometimes you sit back and the other team's got nothing to lose so they're going for it. You can get on your heels a little bit, which we did, I think, a little bit."

John Gilmour scored his first NHL goal in his third game for New York, and Kevin Hayes added his 13th goal of the season. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for the Rangers.

"We beat ourselves," Lundqvist said. "It's tough, especially the way we played for 45-50 minutes. That's the way we need to start, and it's on all of us, me not coming up with the extra save."

Minnesota hasn't lost at home since Dec. 16 against Edmonton and owns the league's longest home point streak of the season. The Wild have outscored opponents 49-25 during the run.

With 3-0 leads at home, Minnesota lost in overtime to Arizona on Thursday and followed with a shutout of Chicago on Saturday. New York pressured, outshooting the Wild 19-8 in the second period when Hayes scored his goal to bring the Rangers within one.

"The message was the same as I've been telling them lately," Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Do you want to keep on going on like this and getting 40 shots on goal a game? Having to fight. You get a 3-0 lead and fight to keep it. It's not the right way to play. If we're playing the right way, something good will probably happen."

The Wild clamped down in the third, giving up just four shots.

"The third period was fantastic," Dubnyk said. "Real good dialogue in here between all the guys going into the third, and we just wanted to go play. We spent the majority of the period in the neutral zone or in their end, and that's I'm sure frustrating for them. That was picture-perfect when you have a lead."

Staal scored his 25th goal of the season three minutes in after getting the puck near the Wild's own blue line and tipping it past defenders twice on his way to the net. Staal has a four-game point streak and five goals in the past six games.

Parise added his third of the season less than two minutes later when he was in on the forecheck and poked at the puck in Rick Nash's control, and the puck got by Lundqvist.

After Foligno made it 3-0, Gilmour scored his first goal with a big slap shot from the point to cap the scoring in the first.

"As a coach, you want your players to give you what they have," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "I thought those young guys are learning every minute they're on the ice, and they did some good plays with and without the puck."

Devils 5, Flyers 4 (SO)

Travis Hall scored twice in regulation, Drew Stafford had the only tally in the shootout and New Jersey snapped a four-game losing streak.

John Moore and Nico Hischier also tallied goals in regulation for the Devils.

Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and Radko Gudas, Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton also scored for the Flyers, who learned earlier Tuesday that starting goalie Brian Elliott will be out for at least five weeks.

Philadelphia remained in sixth place in the Eastern Conference while the Devils stayed in seventh but pulled within two points of Philadelphia.

Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves and stopped all three Flyers attempts in the shootout.

Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 1

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored power-play goals in the second period to give Columbus the lead, and the Blue Jackets went on to a win over the Islanders.

Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson scored in the third period, defenseman Zach Werenski had three assists as the Blue Jackets had a season-high 51 shots and won their second straight since an 0-4-1 skid. Bjorkstrand and Dubois had assists on each other's goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots.

John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who have lost six of their last eight (2-5-1).

Jaroslav Halak finished with a season-high 47 saves, including all 26 in another Columbus onslaught in the first period.

Golden Knights 5, Blackhawks 2

Reilly Smith scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Golden Knights beat the Blackhawks.

The Golden Knights, who swept the season series 3-0, also got third-period goals from Brad Hunt, David Perron and Tomas Nosek. Ryan Carpenter also scored and Marc-Andre Fleury had 29 saves for Vegas, which snapped a two-game home losing streak.

One night after Arizona ended a nine-game losing streak to the last-place Blackhawks, the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights sent Chicago to its season-high seventh straight loss. The Blackhawks have been outscored 29-12 during their losing streak.

Tommy Wingels and Alex DeBrincat scored for the Blackhawks, while Jeff Glass stopped 32 shots.

Sabres 5, Lightning 3

Ryan O'Reilly scored a goal and added two assists in Buffalo's win over Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay.

Backup Chad Johnson stopped 26 shots to pick up just his fourth win and first in nine home appearances this season. Sam Reinhart scored twice, including an empty-netter with 8 seconds left.

Scott Wilson, with the go-ahead goal, and Nicholas Baptiste also scored for the Sabres, who won for just the second time in their past eight home games (2-5-1).

Lightning rookie Yanni Gourde scored his 22nd goal of the season and extended his point streak to seven games. Ryan Callahan and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored.

The Lightning had won six straight at Buffalo. The Sabres, who sit last in the East, have now beaten the conference's two top teams in a span of four days.

Penguins 6, Senators 3

Jake Guentzel scored twice, Zach Aston-Reese scored his first two NHL goals and Pittsburgh beat Ottawa.

Evgeni Malkin scored his 31st and Kris Letang his fourth for the Penguins, who have won seven of nine and 12 of their last 16. Sidney Crosby, who scored his 400th career goal on Sunday, finished with three assists.

Pittsburgh is riding a nine-game home winning streak, the longest since a franchise-record 13-game run during the 2013-14 season. The Penguins haven't lost in Pittsburgh since a 4-0 defeat by Carolina on Jan. 4.

Matt Murray stopped 30 shots for Pittsburgh.

Derick Brassard, Colin White and Mike Hoffman all scored for the Senators, who lost for the third time in five games.

Predators 4, Blues 3 (OT)

Filip Forsberg scored on a penalty shot at 1:19 of overtime to give the Predators a wild comeback victory over the Blues.

After trailing by three goals entering the third period, Nashville rallied for three goals in the span of 6:42 to tie it and force overtime.

In overtime, Kyle Turris sent Forsberg in on a breakaway, and he was tripped from behind by Jaden Schwartz in front of the St. Louis goal and he was awarded a penalty shot.

On his attempt, Forsberg snapped a wrist shot past Blues goaltender Carter Hutton to win it.

Hutton, a former Predator, made 29 saves.

Austin Watson scored twice and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for Nashville.

Hurricanes 7, Kings 3

Justin Faulk had his first career hat trick, Jeff Skinner scored twice, and the Hurricanes routed the short-handed Kings.

Faulk's three goals came in a span of 12:21 as Carolina raced out to a 5-0 lead and he became the 10th defenseman in NHL history to score a natural hat trick.

Jacob Slavin and Sebastian Aho also scored for the Hurricanes, who won their third straight and finished their eight-game homestand 5-2-1. Cam Ward made 27 saves.

Slavin opened the scoring 6:40 into the game and Faulk scored just over two minutes later. He scored again on a slap shot in the waning minutes of the first period, and completed his hat trick with another slap shot 1:17 into the second period.

Anze Kopitar, Tyler Toffoli, and Torrey Mitchell scored for Los Angeles, which was without key forwards Dustin Brown (suspension) and Trevor Lewis (injury). Jonathan Quick saved 16 of 20 shots before being pulled following Faulk's third goal.

Red Wings 2, Ducks 1

Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen scored in the first two periods and the Red Wings held off the Ducks.

Adam Henrique pulled Anaheim within a goal with 3:54 left in the game. The Ducks pulled John Gibson with a minute remaining in regulation to have an extra skater, but couldn't score to extend the game.

The Red Wings skated off the ice with a sense of relief after blowing third-period goals in recent games.

The Ducks were dominant in the first, outshooting Detroit 16-5, and still trailed after Larkin scored off Kevin Bieksa's giveaway in front of net with 6:28 left in the period.

Nielsen scored late in the second to put the Red Wings up 2-0 even though they were held to single digits in shots.

Jets 4, Capitals 3

Defenseman Tyler Myers scored 3:35 into overtime as the Jets came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Capitals.

Mark Scheifele sent a pass back to Myers, who quickly fired the puck past Braden Holtby for his sixth goal of the season.

Scheifele had scored his second goal of the game to tie it 3-3 with 15 seconds left in the third period when his low shot went through traffic and between Holtby's pads. The goal was short-handed as Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien had been called for slashing Jay Beagle with 1:17 left.

Niklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson scored for the Capitals (32-17-7). Holtby made 40 saves for the Capitals and became the second goalie in franchise history to play 20,000 minutes. Olaf Kolzig played 41,260 minutes.

Coyotes 2, Sharks 1

Alex Goligoski scored in his third straight game to help the Coyotes beat the Sharks.

Goligoski also extended his streak of games in which he's at least one point to five. He has seven points over that stretch. The Coyotes have won three of their last four games and have consecutive wins for just the second time since Nov. 18.

Arizona upset a Sharks team scrambling to make the playoffs and in desperate need of a win. San Jose lost for the third time in five games.

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