Slice of revenge as Bruins clip of Blackhawks
AP March 29, 2014, 12:09 am TWN
BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron scored two goals as the Bruins beat the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Thursday night in the first meeting between the teams in Boston since the deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals.
Bergeron scored his first goal at 11:50 of the first period, and the Bruins broke the game open with goals by Carl Soderberg and Bergeron in a 13-second span early in the third.
Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots in posting his NHL-leading seventh shutout.
Chicago, fourth in the Western Conference, remained one point short of clinching a playoff berth for the sixth straight season.
The Eastern Conference-leading Bruins rebounded from a 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday that ended Boston's 12-game winning streak. In their last 14 games, the Bruins have outscored opponents 51-19.
Kings 3, Penguins 2 Drew Doughty scored early in the third period to give Los Angeles the lead for good as the Kings beat Pittsburgh for their franchise-record tying eighth straight road win.
Alec Martinez and Jeff Carter also scored for Los Angeles, and Martin Jones made 35 saves as the Kings matched the club road record set from Dec. 18, 1974-Jan. 16, 1975.
The Penguins rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it on goals by Chris Kunitz and Taylor Pyatt. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 29 shots but couldn't get a handle on Doughty's slap shot 3:51 into the third. Pittsburgh has lost three straight.
A potential tying goal by Penguins forward Brandon Sutter midway through the third was waved off due to goaltender interference.
Blues 5, Wild 1 T.J. Oshie scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, and Ryan Miller made 27 saves to lead St. Louis' rout of Minnesota.
St. Louis has won three in a row overall and nine straight against the Wild. The Blues lead the NHL with 107 points.
Minnesota has lost six of eight.
Jaden Schwartz and Brenden Morrow also scored for St. Louis, which has points in its last 10 home games. Miller improved to 9-2-1 since being acquired from Buffalo on Feb. 28.
Zach Parise scored for the Wild, who had earned points in their previous three road games.
Oshie, who has a career-high 21 goals, scored twice in the first period — including a short-handed goal with 26 seconds left that made it 2-0. He completed the hat trick in the third.
Coyotes 3, Devils 2, SO Thomas Greiss stopped all three New Jersey shootout attempts and Mikkel Boedker scored on Phoenix's first try as the Coyotes improved their playoff chances in the Western Conference.
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