Iginla, Chara's two goals each help lead Bruins to victory over Flyers
APPHILADELPHIA -- Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each had two goals, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 Saturdayto stay top of the NHL Atlantic Division.
January 27, 2014, 12:26 am TWN
Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron also had goals for the Bruins, with the defending Eastern Conference champions having won three of its past four, and trail only Pittsburgh in the conference.
Claude Giroux scored a power-play goal for the slumping Flyers, who've lost four in a row. Philadelphia has won only twice in its last nine games, tumbling from second place in the division to eighth in the East. It's their worst stretch since a 1-7 start that saw coach Peter Laviolette fired three games into the season.
Steve Mason allowed four goals on 19 shots and was yanked for the second time in three starts since signing a contract extension last Saturday.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on Chara's power-play goal in the first period. After Sean Couturier failed on a clearing attempt, David Krejci swung the puck around down low. Iginla passed it to Chara, who flipped a shot from a side angle that bounced off defenseman Braydon Coburn's skate and went in.
Iginla fired a slap shot from the right circle past Mason to make it 2-0 just 17 seconds before the first intermission.
A turnover by defenseman Nicklas Grossmann led to Boston's third goal. Smith stepped around Grossmann and swiped at the puck, which hit the post, hit Mason and went in.
Rask kept it 3-0 with his toughest save, a sliding glove stab going right to left to rob Jakub Voracek on a one-timer.
Bergeron made it 4-0 minutes later, sending Mason to the bench.
Giroux and Iginla traded power-play goals in the third. Chara then scored his second goal on the man-advantage.
Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey scored first-period goals, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium in the NHL's first warm-weather outdoor game.
Jonas Hiller made 36 saves in his 20th career shutout as the league-leading Ducks dominated the landmark meeting of Southern California's two hockey teams under the stars in Chavez Ravine. Andrew Cogliano added an empty-net goal with 1:29 left.
At Tampa Bay, Florida, Tyler Johnson scored three goals to lead the Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
With Tampa Bay leading 3-2, Johnson doubled the advantage with 5:22 remaining and then completed his first career hat trick less than 2 1/2 minutes later. The rookie center has 16 goals this season.
Mark Barberio and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning, while Martin St. Louis extended his point streak to 10 games with an assist on Johnson's second goal.
John Mitchell and Tyson Barrie scored in the second period for Colorado.
In other games Saturday, Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals to lift the St. Louis Blues to 4-3 win over the New York Islanders and Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Also, the Washington Capitals ended a seven-game winless run with a 5-0 victory over the slumping Montreal Canadiens and Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.