NHL Capsules

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 43 saves—including a stop on a first-period penalty shot—and the Boston Bruins spoiled the return of New York forward Rick Nash in a 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Rask, playing on back-to-back days for the first time this season, denied Chris Kreider's penalty shot and turned away everything else except for Derick Brassard's power-play goal in the second.

Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille, with his 10th career short-handed goal, provided all the offence Rask needed in the second period as the Bruins (14-6-1) finished a 2-1 road trip. Boston passed Tampa Bay atop the Atlantic Division standings and moved into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots, but most of the action was at the other end. The Rangers have only two goals in three games, splitting a pair of 1-0 decisions in the previous two. New York has dropped three in a row at home.


DENVER (AP)—Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in Colorado's victory over Chicago.

Gabriel Landeskog and John Mitchell also scored during the Avalanche's three-goal first period. P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod added goals in the second and third for Colorado, which snapped a three-game skid.

Brandon Saad scored for the Blackhawks, who failed to get at least two goals for the first time this season. Antti Raanta made 14 saves in his NHL debut for the Stanley Cup champions. He played the final 46:23 in relief of Corey Crawford, who allowed three goals on seven shots.


LOS ANGELES (AP)—Anze Kopitar and Matt Frattin each had a goal and an assist, and Ben Scrivens extended his unlikely winning streak with 19 saves for Los Angeles against Tampa Bay.

Justin Williams also had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have earned a point in seven consecutive games. Dustin Brown and Dwight King also scored in Los Angeles' impressive return from a four-game road trip.

Scrivens' shutout streak ended at 191 minutes, 19 seconds, on Valtteri Filppula's power-play goal late in the second period, but injured Jonathan Quick's new backup cruised to his fourth consecutive victory in his home debut.

Ben Bishop stopped 26 shots and Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

The Lightning fell out of first place in the Eastern Conference with their second straight loss.


DETROIT (AP)—Rookie goalie Marek Mazanec made 27 saves to earn his first shutout, and Nashville extended Detroit's losing streak to seven games.

Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque scored for the Predators, who have won two straight after losing four in a row.

The Red Wings' home slide reached eight games (0-6-2). They have gone seven games without a win overall (0-5-2) for the first time since the last seven games of the 2002 regular season, according to STATS. That team went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.


PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Kimmo Timonen had a goal and two assists, Steve Mason made 32 saves and Philadelphia beat Ottawa.

Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds and Adam Hall also scored for the Flyers, who are 4-0-1 in their last five games after a 4-10-1 start.

Clarke MacArthur and Kyle Turris both had a power-play goal for the Senators, who have lost two in a row.

Timonen and Simmonds scored 23 seconds apart to snap a 2-all tie in the third period. Mason stoned Turris on a penalty shot with 5:06 left to preserve the two-goal cushion.


MONTREAL (AP)—Max Pacioretty had a natural hat trick in the second period as Montreal cooled off Minnesota.

Michael Bournival, Daniel Briere and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens, who managed only 18 goals in their previous 11 games.

Nino Niederreiter and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who had won four straight. They were 7-0-1 in their past eight games since a 5-1 loss to Chicago on Oct. 28.

Wild starter Josh Harding, one of the NHL's three stars for his three wins last week, was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on 19 shots. Harding has given up three goals only twice this season, both times to Montreal.

The only other hat trick of Pacioretty's career came on Feb. 9, 2012.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Brenden Morrow scored twice and St. Louis extended its mastery of Buffalo.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Magnus Paajarvi also scored and Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves for the Blues, who have won 13 of 15 games against Buffalo since 1999.

Tyler Ennis scored for the Sabres just 10 seconds into the game, but Buffalo lost after consecutive home wins last week.

St. Louis is 8-1 in its past nine trips to Buffalo.


TORONTO (AP)—Phil Kessel scored two goals and Toronto beat New York for its second win in a row.

Trevor Smith, Mason Raymond and David Clarkson also scored for the Maple Leafs. Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves for the win.

Smith had a goal and two assists, and Joffrey Lupul had three assists.

Casey Cizikas and Frans Nielsen scored for New York. Kevin Poulin stopped 19 shots in the loss.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—David Perron had a career-high four points with two goals and two assists as Edmonton routed Columbus.

Devan Dubnyk needed only 14 saves to earn his first shutout of the season.

Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth, Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz also scored for the Oilers, who improved to 2-7-0 at home this season.

Edmonton was 2-9-1 in its previous 12 games before putting together its second set of back-to-back wins.

The Blue Jackets have lost four of their past five and nine of 11.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in a shootout to lift Florida over slumping Vancouver.

Shawn Matthias and Brad Boyes had the goals for the Panthers, who got 27 saves from Tim Thomas.

Jannek Hansen and Chris Higgins scored in regulation for Vancouver. Roberto Luongo made 34 stops as the Canucks lost their fifth straight.

Vancouver has six goals during the five-game slide.



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