January 25

NHL Roundup: Balanced Bruins rout Flyers

Boston spreads the offense in a romp at Philadelphia.

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — From snipers to defensemen, the Boston Bruins are getting plenty of scoring.

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It’s a bear hug between the Boston Bruins’ Jarome Iginla, right, and Torey Krug following Iginla’s third-period goal during Saturday’s 6-1 victory at Philadelphia.

The Associated Press

Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each had two goals, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and the Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 on Saturday.

Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron also had goals for the Bruins. The defending Eastern Conference champions are 3-0-1 since losing 5 of 8, and trail only Pittsburgh in the conference standings.

“The more you can spread around the scoring, the tougher you are to defend,” Bruins Coach Claude Julien said.

“It’s important to have. We like the fact that we are well-balanced and our scoring is spread around.”

Chara became the eighth Bruins player to reach double-digits in goals when he scored in the first period to make it 1-0. He also capped the scoring with another power-play goal.

“I think it’s important we have a lot of contributions,” Iginla said. “When you get in tight games, we feel we have a lot of guys who can find goals. You want a lot of different guys who can score and a lot of guys are feeling it.”

Claude Giroux scored a power-play goal for the slumping Flyers, who have lost four in a row. They’re 2-5-2 in their last nine games, tumbling from second in the division to eighth in the East. It’s their worst stretch since a 1-7 start that saw Coach Peter Laviolette fired three games into the season.

Steve Mason allowed four goals on 19 shots and was yanked for the second time in three starts since signing a contract extension last Saturday.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on Chara’s first power-play goal in the first period. After Sean Couturier failed on a clearing attempt, David Krejci swung the puck around down low. Iginla passed it to Chara, who flipped a shot from a side angle that bounced off defenseman Braydon Coburn’s skate and went in.

Iginla fired a slap shot from the right circle past Mason to make it 2-0 just 17 seconds before the first intermission.

A turnover by defenseman Nicklas Grossmann led to Boston’s third goal. Smith stepped around Grossmann and swiped at the puck, which hit the post, hit Mason and went in.

“Teams can’t just rely on shutting down one line when you have a lot of guys scoring,” Smith said. “It stifles the defense and changes the game.”

Rask kept it 3-0 with his toughest save, a sliding glove stab going right to left to rob Jakub Voracek on a one-timer.

Bergeron made it 4-0 minutes later, sending Mason to the bench.

Giroux and Iginla traded power-play goals in the third.

BLUES 4, ISLANDERS 3: Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals to lift St. Louis to an overtime victory on Long Island.

After T.J. Oshie tied it for the Blues with 27 seconds left in regulation, Thomas Vanek appeared to score the winner for the Islanders on the power play with 1:15 left in overtime, but the play was overturned on review because the puck hit Vanek’s skate and dribbled past goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

HURRICANES 6, SENATORS 3: Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading Carolina to a victory against Ottawa at Raleigh, N.C.

It was the third straight win for Carolina, which is 11-0-1 in its last 12 home games against Ottawa.

CAPITALS 5, CANADIENS 0: Alex Ovechkin returned from an injury that sidelined him for two games to start a four-goal second period as Washington ended a seven-game winless run by coming up with a victory at Montreal.

LIGHTNING 5, AVALANCHE 2: Tyler Johnson scored three goals to lead host Tampa Bay over Colorado.

Prior to the game, Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos did light contact drills for the first time since breaking his right shin in November.

Stamkos, who had 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games before the injury, hopes to play for Canada at Sochi and return to the Lightning lineup.

SABRES 5, BLUE JACKETS 2: Christian Ehrhoff and Marcus Foligno scored short-handed goals to lead Buffalo to victory at Columbus, ending the Blue Jackets’ franchise-record winning streak at eight.

JETS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4: Dustin Byfuglien fired a low shot past goalie Jonathan Bernier 2:44 into overtime to give Winnipeg a much-needed win at home over slumping Toronto.

STARS 3, PENGUINS 0: Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves for his second shutout in three games to lead Dallas to a victory at home over Pittsburgh.

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