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Hayes breaks drought as Boston beat Tampa

BOSTON -- Jimmy Hayes capped Boston's three-goal second period with his first of the NHL season and Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots as the Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Sunday.

Rask lost his bid for his fourth shutout with 2:39 to play when Victor Hedman scored. But he improved to 12-4.

David Pastrnak had his team-leading 13th goal, and David Backes and Dominic Moore also scored.

Ben Bishop made 26 saves for Tampa Bay, which lost its second straight.

Claude Julien coached his 726th game with the Bruins, tying Milt Schmidt — the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame at 98 years old — for second in team history.

Hayes tipped David Krejci's pass into the top right corner late in the second to make it 3-0. He then reached over his shoulder and motioned as if he was removing his scoring drought from his shoulders. It was his first goal since Feb. 24.

"It was more of a joke that it was an elephant," Hayes said when asked if he was throwing a monkey off his back. "I think I lost like 100 pounds there. It felt pretty good."

Boston scored just four total goals in its previous three games.

"I think just we went back to a lot of things that we had done so well before," coach Claude Julien said. "We were throwing more pucks at the net."

In Raleigh, Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist in Carolina's 3-2 win over Florida, who fired coach Gerard Gallant after the game.

Tom Rowe, who was promoted to general manager before the season, will assume the coaching duties, said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the moves.

Carolina goalie Michael Leighton stopped 31 shots in his first NHL game this season. Cam Ward started the previous nine games for Carolina.

Viktor Stalberg and Derek Ryan also scored for Carolina, with Ryan getting his first of the season.

In Edmonton, Jamie McGinn broke a tie with 3:44 left and Mike Smith made 41 saves in Arizona's 2-1 victory over the Oilers.

McGinn was left all alone in front and beat goalie Cam Talbot to the stick side.

Radim Vrbata also scored to help the Coyotes complete a home-and-home sweep. They edged the Oilers in a shootout Friday night in the desert.

The Coyotes have won three of their last four to improve to 8-10-2. They are also 21-0-4 against Edmonton in the last 25 meetings, the longest stretch since Philadelphia went 32 games in a row without a regulation loss to Los Angeles more than 30 years ago.

Smith couldn't explain the lengthy streak, as well as his own 15-1-1 lifetime mark against the Oilers.

"I can't, I just can't," Smith said. "It's a team that we have had some success against, but I feel it is a little bit different of a team now than the one we have had so much success against in the past."

In other games, Philadelphia won 5-3 at home to Calgary with Anthony Stolarz making 29 saves for his first NHL win, Ottawa won 2-0 at the New York Rangers for its fourth straight victory, and Winnipeg beat the visiting Nashville 3-0 to end a five-game losing streak.

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