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NHL Roundup: Bruins Put Out Flames

  • Calgary Flames' Matt Stajan (18) checks Boston Bruins' David Krejci (46), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Boston — Patrice Bergeron and Riley Nash scored two goals apiece, helping the Boston Bruins beat the Calgary Flames, 5-2, on Tuesday night.

David Backes had two assists for the Bruins, who won for the sixth time in seven games and won’t play at home again for two weeks. Zdeno Chara had an empty-net goal and Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots.

Calgary had won four of five. Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Flames, and David Rittich had 35 saves.

Down 4-2, the Flames gambled by pulling Rittich for an extra skater and Chara made them play with an end-to-end shot with 3:46 left to play.

Boston jumped in front on Nash’s ninth goal just 28 seconds into the game, but Bennett got his eighth of the season at 2:03 and Gaudreau stuffed in a rebound at 9:12 to put Calgary up 2-1.

Nash tied it with 3:40 left in the second, and Boston regained the lead 1:15 into the third period when Bergeron scored on the power play. Bergeron took a long pass through center ice from Torey Krug and beat Rittich with a wrist shot to the stick side.

It was the 26th goal of the season for Bergeron, who added No. 27 at 9:19 when he tipped in a shot from Brad Marchand.

Notes: Nash’s two goals gave him 10 for the season, tying the career high he set with Carolina in 2013-14. ... The Bruins honored the 40th anniversary of the 1977-78 lineup that featured 11 players who scored 20 or more goals. Ten members of the team were introduced in a pregame ceremony along with former coach Don Cherry.

Sabres 5, Lightning 3

Buffalo, n.y. — Ryan O’Reilly scored a goal and added two assists in the Sabres’ win over Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay.

Backup Chad Johnson stopped 26 shots to pick up just his fourth win and first in nine home appearances this season. Sam Reinhart scored twice, including an empty-netter with 8 seconds left.

Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 1

New York — Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored power-play goals in the second period to give Columbus the lead.

Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson scored in the third period, defenseman Zach Werenski had three assists as the Blue Jackets had a season-high 51 shots and won their second straight since an 0-4-1 skid. Bjorkstrand and Dubois had assists on each other’s goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots.

Hurricanes 7, Kings 3

Raleigh, n.c. — Justin Faulk had his first career hat trick, Jeff Skinner scored twice, and Carolina routed short-handed Los Angeles.

Faulk’s three goals came in a span of 12:21 as Carolina raced out to a 5-0 lead and he became the 10th defenseman in NHL history to score a natural hat trick.

The Kings acquired veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf from the Ottawa Senators.

Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson go to Los Angeles, which sent forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore to Ottawa.

The 32-year-old Phaneuf has 16 points in 52 games this season and 478 in 954 games during his 13-year NHL career.

Penguins 6, Senators 3

Pittsburgh — Jake Guentzel scored twice, Zach Aston-Reese scored his first two NHL goals and Pittsburgh beat Ottawa.

Evgeni Malkin scored his 31st and Kris Letang his fourth for the Penguins, who have won seven of nine and 12 of their last 16. Sidney Crosby, who scored his 400th career goal on Sunday, finished with three assists.

Red Wings 2, Ducks 1

Detroit — Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen scored in the first two periods and Detroit held off Anaheim.

Adam Henrique pulled Anaheim within a goal with 3:54 left in the game. The Ducks pulled John Gibson with a minute remaining in regulation to have an extra skater, but couldn’t score to extend the game.

Devils 5, Flyers 4 (so)

Philadelphia — Travis Hall scored twice in regulation, Drew Stafford had the only tally in the shootout and New Jersey snapped a four-game losing streak.

Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and Radko Gudas, Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton also scored for the Flyers, who learned earlier on Tuesday that starting goalie Brian Elliott will be out for at least five weeks.

Wild 3, Rangers 2

St. Paul, Minn. — Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves, and Minnesota’s early three-goal lead held upt.

Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Marcus Foligno all scored in the first 6:17 for Minnesota, which ran its home point streak to a franchise-record 13 games (10-0-3).

Predators 4, Blues 3 (ot)

Nashville, Tenn.— Filip Forsberg scored on a penalty shot at 1:19 of overtime to give Nashville a wild comeback victory.

After trailing by three goals entering the third period, Nashville rallied for three goals in the span of 6:42 to tie it and force overtime.

Seattle Group Makes Bid

Seattle — The group looking to bring professional hockey to Seattle has taken the next step in the pursuit of an NHL franchise.

The Oak View Group and its prospective NHL ownership group, led by billionaire David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer, submitted its expansion application with the National Hockey League on Tuesday.

The expansion application has been expected for weeks and is the next step in Seattle’s ongoing hope of bringing an NHL franchise to the largest market in the United States without a professional winter sports franchise.

The filing also included a $10 million deposit. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan also tweeted her excitement about Oak View's filing with the NHL.

If Seattle is successful in its expansion bid, the new franchise would bring the league to an even 32 teams with 16 in each conference. A new team would also yield a hefty expansion fee — in the neighborhood of $650 million.