Bruins End Slide at Four
Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton, left, takes to the air while defending the net along with goalie Tuukka Rask, right,of Finland, as Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) looks on in the second period of an NHL hockey game at TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, April 21, 2013. The Bruins won 3-0. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Boston — Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal as a member of the Bruins and Boston ended a four-game winless streak with a 3-0 victory over Florida yesterday.
The Bruins were playing the second of back-to-back afternoon games after hosting the Penguins in a 3-2 loss Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but postponed because of the lockdown and manhunt for one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers.
Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and the Bruins pulled into a tie with idle Montreal for first place in Northeast Division with 59 points. The Bruins have four games to play, one more than the Canadiens as the longtime rivals try to lock up the division in the final week of the regular season.
The visiting Panthers honored local law enforcement by wearing Boston Police hats during their pregame skate. Bruins fans once again took over the singing of the national anthem, a practice that started last week in the first game since the deadly explosions at the marathon finish line.
Rangers 4, Devils 1
New York — Ryan Callahan scored a goal in the opening minute and another in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves as New York eliminated New Jersey from the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2
Tampa, Fla. — Jiri Tlusty scored two first-period goals and Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots to lead Carolina over Tampa Bay.
Flames 4, Wild 1
St. Paul, Minn. — Joey MacDonald made 34 saves, Mark Cundari scored a goal in his first NHL game and Calgary beat Minnesota 4-1 to hand the Wild a potentially harmful home loss in their push for the playoffs.
Mikael Backlund, Mike Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames, who are long out of the postseason hunt but have won six of their last eight games.
Zach Parise got his team-high 17th goal for the Wild, who will likely at least need to win two of their three remaining games to make the playoffs without help from others. They’re in seventh place in the Western Conference with 51 points, while Columbus, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix remain in a tight pack still alive behind them.
Blue Jackets 4, Sharks 3
San Jose, Calif. — Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:37 remaining to give Columbus a big boost in its push for the playoffs.
Mark Letestu scored twice and Vinny Prospal also scored for the Blue Jackets, who moved into a tie for seventh place with Minnesota in the Western Conference with 51 points. Columbus has played one more game than the Wild and two more than the ninth-place Detroit Red Wings, who are three points back in the race for the final playoff spot.
Marty Havlat, Andrew Desjardins and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who needed only to take the game to overtime to clinch a ninth-straight playoff berth. Antti Niemi made 18 saves.