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Bruins Blow Past Preds Into Break

Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) and Nashville Predators forward Matt Hendricks (26) collide while trying to get control of the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) and Nashville Predators forward Matt Hendricks (26) collide while trying to get control of the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Nashville, Tenn. — Carl Soderberg scored on the power play goal and had two assists, Jarome Iginla added a pair of goals and the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 6-2 Monday night.

Brad Marchand, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith also scored for Boston, which gave coach Claude Julien his 400th career win.

Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for Boston. Craig Smith scored twice for Nashville.

The Bruins scored three goals in the first period.

At the 1:16 mark, Zdena Chara took a shot from inside the blue line that was deflected into the net by Iginla, who was stationed in front of the goal.

Fraser scored his first goal of the season, beating Predators goalie Carter Hutton on a breakaway with a snap shot into the top right corner of the net at 5:59.

Hutton was replaced by Marek Mazanec after Fraser’s goal.

Sabres 2, Coyotes 1

Buffalo, n.y. — Ryan Miller made 36 saves and Mark Pysyk scored an unusual goal at 3:47 of overtime to lift shorthanded Buffalo over Phoenix.

Pysyk, who was called up earlier in the day from Rochester of the AHL, scored when his deflected shot hit Martin Hanzal and became lodged in the back of Mike Smith’s jersey. The goalie retreated into his crease, unwittingly carrying the puck across the line and ending the game.

Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 1 (so)

New York — Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as New York shook off a late tying tally to beat Toronto.

Zuccarello and Stepan scored in the first two rounds, and Talbot stopped Nazem Kadri in the third to end it. Kadri scored a disputed goal with 1:24 left in regulation to force overtime.

Blackhawks 5, Devils 2

Chicago — Patrick Sharp scored twice and Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell and Nick Leddy also connected to lead Chicago over New Jersey.

Stephen Gionta and Michael Ryder scored for the Devils, whose season-high four-game point streak (3-0-1) ended.

Ducks 3, Capitals 2

Washington — Hampus Lindholm scored the winner at 14:24 of the third period and Anaheim rallied past Washington in coach Bruce Boudreau’s return to the Verizon Center.

Andrew Cogliano had a goal and an assist, and Saku Koivu added a goal for Anaheim. The Ducks (27-7-5) extended their franchise-best winning streak to nine games and lead the NHL with 58 points.

Blue Jackets 4, Hurricanes 3

Raleigh, n.c. — Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille scored 1:28 apart late in the third period to rally Columbus over Carolina.

Senators 5, Penguins 0

Ottawa — Craig Anderson made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season and Ottawa defeated Pittsburgh to snap Marc-Andre Fleury’s five-game winning streak.

Islanders 3, Red Wings 0

Detroit — Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for his 56th career shutout in New York’s win over Detroit.

Lightning 6, Panthers 1

Sunrise, Fla. — Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists and Tampa Bay extended its winning streak to five games with a victory over Florida.

Flyers 4, Wild 1

Philadelphia — Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist and Philadelphia beat Minnesota to extend its home win streak to nine games.

Luke Schenn and Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers, whose rose above .500 for the second time this season (17-16-4).

Mikael Grandlund tallied for the Wild, who fell to 2-7-0 all-time at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wild are 1-7-1 in their last nine road games.