Blues beat Bruins to close on Central lead
AP Saturday, February 8, 2014, 12:06 am TWN
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis closed within two points of the lead in the NHL's Central Division with a 3-2 overtime win against Atlantic leader Boston on Thursday, with T.J. Oshie scoring the winner 3:29 into the extra period.
The Blues made up ground on idle Central leader Chicago and moved five points clear of divisional rival Colorado which lost at Philadelphia.
Boston stayed seven points clear atop the Atlantic Division despite its loss, with nearest rival Tampa Bay being convincingly beaten at home by Toronto, which moved within a point of the Lightning, as did Montreal, which comfortably beat slumping Vancouver.
Oshie jammed the puck in from the side of the net for the winner, while Alexander Steen and Jaden Schwartz had earlier given the Blues a 2-0 lead.
David Krejci and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins to force overtime.
Philadelphia goaltender Steve Mason stopped 38 shots to help the Flyers beat Colorado 3-1.
Mark Streit and Michael Raffl scored for Philadelphia, which leapfrogged Columbus in the Metropolitan Division standings and moved within a point of the New York Rangers.
Mason was less than three minutes from his third shutout in five games when Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon beat him for his 21st goal of the season.
Claude Giroux scored an empty-netter in the final minute for the Flyers.
Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves as the Maple Leafs beat Tampa Bay 4-1.
Mason Raymond, Jay McClement, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto.
Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay, who lost goalie Ben Bishop and center Valtteri Filppula to injury during the game.
Montreal's Max Pacioretty recorded his third career hat trick — despite missing two penalty shots — to help the Canadiens beat Vancouver 5-2.
Ryan White and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal.
Pacioretty became the first Canadiens player to ever take two penalty shots in a game, and he had them both within two minutes of the second period, yet lost control of the puck both times.
Chris Higgins and Alexander Edler scored for Vancouver, which has lost six straight.
Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick made 24 saves to get the better of fellow Olympic goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and help the Kings beat Columbus 2-1 in overtime.
Jake Muzzin scored the tying goal early in the third period and Robyn Regehr got the winner 2:33 into overtime for the Kings, who had lost their previous four games but can go into the Olympic break on a high.
Jack Johnson scored Columbus' goal during a power play early in the first period.
Minnesota extended its home winning streak to five games with a 3-2 overtime win against Nashville.
Nino Niederreiter scored the winner at 2:44 left in overtime, while Jonas Brodin and Zach Parise scored early for the Wild.
Craig Smith scored both goals for the Predators, raising his team-leading total to 18.
Washington's Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 40th goal with 12:14 remaining as the Capitals rallied from a third-period deficit for a 4-2 win over Winnipeg.
Detroit's Gustav Nyquist scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as the Red Wings beat Florida 3-1.
Edmonton's Nail Yakupov scored with 1:38 left in regulation to give the Oilers a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.
Calgary's David Jones scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period as the Flames beat the New York Islanders 4-2.
Ottawa's Milan Michalek scored his second goal of the game with 23 seconds left as the Senators defeated Buffalo 3-2.
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