Bruins Suffer Shutout
Boston — Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 39 saves in his 37th NHL shutout, and the Colorado Avalanche stayed perfect with a 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
The Avalanche are 4-0 under new coach Patrick Roy, their best mark since the franchise relocated from Quebec to Colorado for the 1995-96 season.
Giguere, making his first start of the season, made several sparkling saves. His best came midway through the second period when he stoned Patrice Bergeron on a 2-on-1 rush.
Ryan O’Reilly gave the Avalanche the lead in the final minute of the first period and Matt Duchene sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the closing seconds.
Andre Benoit and Duchene assisted on O’Reilly’s goal.
Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for Boston and has allowed only three goals in three games. Boston was blanked for the first time in 72 games.
The Colorado goalie tandem of Giguere and Semyon Varlamov has allowed three goals in the club’s four wins.
O’Reilly put Colorado ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal with 41 seconds left in the first. He threw the puck toward the net and scored through traffic with a shot that Rask never saw.
Duchene scored into an empty net with 25.7 seconds remaining after he hit two posts on the same rush with under three minutes remaining.
Colorado extended its point streak in Boston to eight games (6-0-2). It is the longest current winless streak against any opponent for Boston.
Notes: Boston allowed a power-play goal for the first time in eight short-handed situations this season. ... Colorado has killed all 12 power plays against. ... Bruins LW Milan Lucic received a 10-minute misconduct in the second period for roughing Gabriel Landeskog and knocking him down twice. ... Boston has never won an overtime game at home against the Quebec/Colorado franchise. ... Cody McLeod played in his 400th game for Colorado. ... Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson have yet to record a point for the Bruins.
Hurricanes 3, Capitals 2
Washington — Nathan Gerbe scored the tiebreaking goal at 6:59 of the third period, Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots and Carolina beat Washington.
Elias Lindholm and former Capital Alexander Semin also scored for the Hurricanes, now 25-2-4 over the past nine seasons against Washington when scoring at least three goals.
Lightning 7, Panthers 2
Tampa, Fla. — Steven Stamkos had three goals and an assist, Valtteri Filppula added two goals, and Tampa Bay beat Florida.
Martin St. Louis added a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who have won three in a row after a season-opening loss at Boston. Goalie Ben Bishop improved to 3-0 on the season.
Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 1
Buffalo, n.y. — Marian Gaborik had a goal and two assists and Columbus kept Buffalo winless.
Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves for the Blue Jackets.
Coyotes 4, Red Wings 2
Detroit — Michael Stone’s goal with 4:47 left broke a tie, and Phoenix beat Detroit.
Derek Morris and Antoine Vermette both had a goal and an assist, and Mikkel Boedker also scored for Phoenix. Mike Smith made 28 saves.