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Ex-Bruin Ryder Beats B’s

Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) is checked by Boston Bruins center David Krejci during first-period NHL hockey game action on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) is checked by Boston Bruins center David Krejci during first-period NHL hockey game action on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

Montreal (ap) — Michael Ryder’s power-play goal 57 seconds into the second period lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins last night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Northeast Division.

Alex Galchenyuk also scored and Carey Price made 26 saves for the Canadiens (25-8-5), who won three of four against the Bruins this season. The Canadiens lead the division by three points, with Boston holding a game in hand.

Daniel Paille scored for Boston (24-9-4), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

The Canadiens were down one defenseman from the midway point of the first period when Alexei Emelin appeared to sustain a left knee injury in a thunderous collision while taking a run at big Bruins forward Milan Lucic.

Blackhawks 1, Predators 0

Nashville, Tenn. — Bryan Bickell scored in the first period, Ray Emery made 20 saves, and Chicago beat Nashville for its third win in four games.

The Blackhawks improved to 12-0-1 against the Central Division. Chicago beat Nashville for the third time this season — including twice in six days. The teams will meet again today in Chicago.

Kings 4, Oilers 1

Los Angeles — Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, and Los Angeles kept moving forward in the Western Conference playoff race with a victory over Edmonton.

Mike Richards and Slava Voynov also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won five of seven to climb back into fourth place in the West.

Jets 4, Flyers 1

Winnpieg, Manitoba — The host Jets scored four second-period goals in less than seven minutes, and Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves as Winnipeg beat Philadelphia to snap a five-game losing streak.

Evander Kane, Grant Clitsome, Kyle Wellwood and Bryan Little scored for the Jets, who recently slipped from first place in the Southeast Division to 10th in the Eastern Conference.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored in the first period for the Flyers, who had a four-game winning streak end.

Capitals 4, Panthers 3

Sunrise, Fla. — Alex Ovechkin recorded his 12th career hat trick and added an assist, and surging Washington survived a late rally to beat Florida.

Ovechkin scored twice from in close on the power play, and weaved through traffic for his other goal, as the Capitals (19-17-2) improved to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games in completing a four-game season sweep of the Panthers.

Washington struck quickly with a pair of goals from Mike Ribeiro and Ovechkin within a 1:41 early in the second period.

Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1

Raleigh, n.c. — Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 48 saves, and New York gave the Carolina its club-record-tying seventh straight home loss.

Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan scored 31 seconds apart, and Rick Nash added a goal and an assist during the Rangers’ three-goal second period. Brian Boyle added an empty-netter just before the buzzer.

Maple Leafs 2, Devils 1

Newark, n.j. — Rookie Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak scored and Toronto extended reeling New Jersey’s losing streak to six games.

James Reimer made 27 saves as the Maple Leafs strengthened their position in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race. The Maple Leafs are 5th in the East, seven points ahead of the Devils, who are now three points behind the eighth-place New York Islanders and the postseason cutoff.

Islanders 4, Lightning 2

Uniondale, n.y. — Matt Martin scored the go-ahead goal with less than seven minutes left in the third period and Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves to lift playoff-hopeful New York.

over Tampa Bay.

The Islanders started the night in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and kept pace in their drive for their first postseason appearance since 2007.

Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored, and Andrew MacDonald added an empty-net goal at 19:46 to make it 4-2 for New York, which won for the sixth time in eight games. The Islanders have five straight home wins against Tampa Bay and are 10-2 in their last 12 at Nassau Coliseum versus the Lightning.

Richard Panik and Matt Carle had goals for the Lightning.