Bruins roll to their 10th straight win after beating Devils
AP Thursday, March 20, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
NEWARK, New Jersey -- Brad Marchand and Jarome Iginla scored in the space of 59 seconds early in the second period as the Boston Bruins beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Tuesday for their 10th straight win.
Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly also scored, and Chad Johnson made 20 saves as the Eastern Conference leaders hurt the Devils' postseason hopes by sending them to their third straight loss.
The 10-game winning streak equals Anaheim for the NHL's longest this season. It is the Bruins' longest since a 10-game run in November 2011, and four short of the franchise record set in 1929-30.
Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who are now in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight year.
New York's Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to become the Rangers' most successful goalie in an 8-4 win over Ottawa Senators.
Lundqvist, who made 16 of his saves in the second period, has 302 victories — one more than Mike Richter. He is also one shutout short of 50 for his career.
Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, John Moore and Ryan McDonagh all scored in the second, with the final three coming less than four minutes apart late in the period. Brassard and Rick Nash each finished with two goals.
Mike Hoffman, Mika Zibanejad, Milan Michalek and Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators.
At Montreal, Thomas Vanek scored a hat trick to lift the Canadiens over the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 in former Montreal great Patrick Roy's first game at the Bell Centre as an NHL head coach.
Brandon Prust, who left the game late in the first period with an injury, returned to score a goal and set up one by Travis Moen for Montreal.
Trailing by two goals, Roy pulled goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 2:20 left to play, but Dale Weise scored into the empty net.
Rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored a highlight-reel goal and Max Talbot and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avalanche.
The Minnesota Wild blanked New York 6-0 after Matt Moulson scored twice and had three points in his first game against the Islanders since being traded earlier this season.
Mikko Koivu had three assists to move past Marian Gaborik for the most points in Wild history with 438.
Sidney Crosby scored his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season for the Penguins as Pittsburgh downed the Dallas Stars 5-1.
Lee Stempniak added his first goal since being acquired from Calgary two weeks ago and finished with two assists while Chris Kunitz had a goal and an assist in his return from a lower-body injury. Brandon Sutter scored a late short-handed goal and Jeff Zatkoff stopped 32 shots to win for the 11th time in his past 14 games.
Tyler Seguin scored his 31st goal for the Stars.
Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin made a career-high 46 saves and Andrei Loktionov and Patrick Dwyer each had a goal and an assist to lead the Hurricanes over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1.
The Detroit Red Wings edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 after Gustav Nyquist had two goals and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves, while Claude Giroux scored at 4:55 of overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers over the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2.
In other games, the Calgary Flames downed the Buffalo Sabres 3-1, the Edmonton Oilers trounced the Nashville Predators 5-1, the Carolina Panther beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 and the Washington Capitals were 3-2 winners over the Anaheim Ducks.
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