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NHL Roundup: Bruins Surge Past Islanders

  • Boston Bruins' Tim Schaller, right, celebrates with teammate Sean Kuraly (52) after scoring a goal as New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) gets up during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. The Bruins won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Boston Bruins center Tim Schaller, second from left, celebrates with teammates Noel Acciari (55), Sean Kuraly (52) and Matt Grzelcyk (48), as New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) gets up during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. The Bruins won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Boston Bruins' Tim Schaller (59) shoots the puck past New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. The Bruins won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) reacts as he watches the puck shot past him for a goal by Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) bounces out of the net during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. The Bruins won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • New York Islanders' Anders Lee (27) shoots the puck past Boston Bruins' Ryan Spooner (51) as Charlie McAvoy (73) moves in during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Boston Bruins' Torey Krug (47) fights for the puck with New York Islanders' Jordan Eberle as Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal as New York Islanders' John Tavares (91) reacts during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates with teammate David Pastrnak after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • New York Islanders' Mathew Barzal (13) and Boston Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk (48) fight for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • New York Islanders' Nick Leddy (2) checks Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • New York Islanders' Jordan Eberle (7) shoots the puck past Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)



Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New York — Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask helped the Boston Bruins keep up their winning ways to start the new year.

Bergeron had the go-ahead goal in the second period and the surging Bruins scored three times in the third to pull away for a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots as Boston improved to 7-0-2 in their last nine, the longest streak of games with at least a point this season.

Danton Heinen, Brad Marchand, Tim Schaller and Noel Acciari also scored for the Bruins,

Jordan Eberle had New York’s goal and Jaroslav Halak finished with 33 saves as the Islanders lost their third straight. Josh Bailey was held without a point, ending his career-high streak at 11 games.

New York was 5-8-2 in December and the latest loss pushed the Islanders out of a playoff position with Carolina picking up a point in a shootout loss to Washington and having a game in hand.

Capitals 5, Hurricanes 4 (ot)

Raleigh, n.c. — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 26th goal 1:57 into overtime and Washington beat Carolina for its third straight win.

Ovechkin also tied it with 7:15 left in regulation, with Nicklas Backstrom assisting on both goals. Alex Chiasson, Devante Smith-Pelly and Dmitry Orlov each scored for the Capitals, who went to overtime for the sixth time in eight games.

Penguins 5, Flyers 1

Philadelphia — Phil Kessel and Conor Sheary scored in a four-goal second period to lead Pittsburgh past scuffling Philadelphia.

Ryan Reaves and Tom Kuhnhackl also scored in the second to help the Penguins beat their in-state rivals again. Both teams started the night outside the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

Lightning 2, Maple Leafs 0

Toronto — Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots for his NHL-best sixth shutout of the season to lead Tampa Bay over Toronto.

Vasilevskiy got his league-leading 26th win, and Cedrick Paquette and Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning, who won for the 12th time in 14 games.

Sharks 4, Canadiens 1

Montreal — Timo Meier scored twice and San Jose rebounded from its worst loss of the season with a victory over slumping Montreal.

Joe Thornton and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks (21-12-4), who were coming off a 6-0 setback Sunday in Dallas. San Jose has won four of five.

Andrew Shaw scored for Montreal (16-20-4), which has lost five straight games and scored just four goals during that span. Aaron Dell made 30 saves and has won six consecutive starts.

Wild 5, Panthers 1

St. Paul, Minn. — Matt Cullen and Eric Staal each scored twice as Minnesota stopped Florida’s five-game winning streak.

Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves for Minnesota, which has won three of four. Charlie Coyle added an empty-net goal and Jared Spurgeon had three assists. Zach Parise made his season debut for the Wild after missing the first 39 games while recovering from back surgery.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored his 14th goal for Florida. James Reimer stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced before leaving in the second period with an injury.