November 30, 2013

NHL Roundup: Bruins skate past Blue Jackets

Milan Lucic scores twice and Boston is near-perfect at home.

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Milan Lucic scored a pair of goals and Patrice Bergeron added another, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

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Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara goes to the ice as he also takes out Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno during the Bruins’ 3-1 win Saturday at Boston.

The Associated Press

David Krejci added two assists for Eastern Conference-leading Boston, which is 10-2-2 in its past 14 games.

Boston’s Chad Johnson needed only 13 saves for the win in just his fifth start. No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask was given the night off.

The Bruins haven’t lost at home in regulation in 11 games (9-0-2).

Boston has won all three meetings between the teams this season.

Ryan Johansen scored a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, who were outshot 36-14.

Backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney stopped 33 shots for Columbus, which lost for the 12th time in 17 games.

Boston jumped ahead 1-0 when Bergeron scored on a tough-angle shot at 9:02 of the first. He fired one from near the right boards and the puck slipped behind McElhinney as Boston winger Loui Eriksson was cutting in front.

The Bruins made it 2-0 on Lucic’s power-play goal with just over 5 minutes left in the first. Torey Krug fired a shot from the left point and Lucic, positioned in front, tipped it by McElhinney.

Lucic’s second goal of the game made it 3-0 just over 2 minutes into the third. He fired a shot from the high slot and the puck popped into the air after McElhinney’s stop and bounced into the net behind him just as Jarome Iginla was ready to bat it in.

Johansen’s team-leading 10th goal came on a wrister from the top of right circle with just under 14 minutes left.

RANGERS 5, CANUCKS 2: Chris Kreider scored three goals, and Rick Nash added a goal and two assists as New York spoiled the return of former Coach John Tortorella by rolling to a 5-2 victory over his Vancouver Canucks.

CANADIENS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2: Max Pacioretty scored twice and added an assist as host Montreal defeated Toronto.

P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens while Carey Price stopped 34 shots.

PENGUINS 5, PANTHERS 1: Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and had three assists to lift Pittsburgh over host Florida.

DEVILS 1, SABRES 0: Steve Bernier scored at 4:19 of overtime and Cory Schneider had to stop just 15 shots as New Jersey won at home against Buffalo.

CAPITALS 3, ISLANDERS 2: Alexander Ovechkin scored at 2:07 of overtime to lift Washington to a victory at Long Island.

BLACKHAWKS 5, COYOTES 2: Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist in a dominant first period, Antti Raanta made 31 saves for his second NHL win, and Chicago completed an impressive road trip with a win at Phoenix.

FLYERS 3, PREDATORS 2: Vincent Lecavalier scored the only goal in the shootout as Philadelphia won at Nashville, Tenn.

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