Bruins Salvage Split
Boston — David Krejci snapped a tie and set up Milan Lucic’s goal as the Boston Bruins earned a split of a two-game set with a 4-1 victory on Saturday night.
Reilly Smith had a power-play and an empty-netter for Boston, which won its seventh straight at home. The Bruins haven’t lost there in regulation since late October, going 12-0-2 in their last 14 games.
Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres, who beat the Bruins 4-2 in Buffalo on Thursday night. The Sabres, who haven’t won three straight this season, had a two-game winning streak broken.
Tuukka Rask, who was rested Thursday, made 34 saves, including a pair of key stops early in the third period.
Buffalo backup Jhonas Enroth stopped 35 shots and dropped to 1-7-3.
Krejci’s goal broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period. Trailing and coming down the center of the ice, Krejci took a drop pass from Jarome Iginla before waiting and firing a wrist shot past Enroth’s glove.
Krejci fed Lucic in the slot from the left circle, and Lucic beat Enroth with a wrister inside the left post.
Smith scored with 21.4 seconds left.
Rask made a pair of right-pad saves seconds apart early in the third. Matt Ellis stole the puck from Brad Marchand near the blue line and cut in alone. Linus Omark fired in the rebound.
Notes: Patrice Bergeron had his first career regular-season fight late in the second period, taking on Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. ... The Sabres had killed 14 straight penalties before Smith’s goal. ... Marchand was helped off the ice midway into the first period and was assisted down the runway to the dressing room area before returning to action a few minutes later. ... Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, who is appealing his 15-game suspension for taking down, punching and injuring Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik, watched from the press box.
Kings 3, Avalanche 2 (so)
Los Angeles — Martin Jones made 23 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout to become the second goalie in NHL history to win each of his first eight games, and Los Angeles got goals from Jeff Carter and Justin Williams in a victory over Colorado.
Jones has allowed just eight goals on 234 shots while filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick, and has posted shutouts against Montreal, Edmonton and the New York Islanders.
Penguins 4, Flames 3
Pittsburgh — Sidney Crosby scored his 20th goal of the season, helping Pittsburgh beat Calgary for its season-high seventh straight victory.
The Penguins led 4-1 late in the second period and had to hold off the Flames for their 10th straight win at home and 12th victory in their last 13 games.
Coyotes 4, Senators 3 (ot)
Ottawa, Ontario — Antoine Vermette completed a hat trick at 2:23 of overtime to lift Phoenix past Ottawa.
Radim Vrbata also scored to help the Coyotes snap a three-game losing streak.
Lightning 3, Canes 2 (ot)
Tampa, Fla. — Radko Gudas scored 2:16 into overtime as Tampa Bay beat Carolina.
Devils 5, Capitals 4 (ot)
Washington — Andy Greene scored 43 seconds into overtime, Marek Zidlicky had two goals and New Jersey rallied past Washington.
Greene knocked the rebound of a shot by Jaromir Jagr past Braden Holtby for the game-winner. Greene also had two assists.
Blue Jackets 6, Flyers 3
Columbus, Ohio — Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger each scored two goals and Columbus pulled away in the third period to beat Philadelphia.
Canadiens 4 Predators 3, (ot)
Nashville, Tenn. — David Desharnais scored at 1:43 of overtime to give Montreal a victory over Nashville.
Desharnais stripped the puck from defenseman Mattias Ekholm along the left boards, skated to the left faceoff dot and ripped a slap shot over goalie Carter Hutton’s left shoulder.
P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec also scored to help Montreal win for the second time in three games.