Lucic, B’s Top Jackets
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33), of the Czech Republic, goes to the ice to block a shot as he takes out Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Bruins goalie Chad Johnson (30) looks on. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
Boston — Milan Lucic scored a pair of goals and Patrice Bergeron added another, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.
David Krejci added two assists for Eastern Conference-leading Boston, which is 10-2-2 in its past 14 games.
Boston’s Chad Johnson needed only 13 saves for the win in just his fifth start. No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask was given the night off.
The Bruins haven’t lost at home in regulation in 11 games (9-0-2). Boston has won all three meetings between the teams this season.
Ryan Johansen scored a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, who were outshot 36-14.
Backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney stopped 33 shots for Columbus, which lost for the 12th time in 17 games. The Blue Jackets haven’t won consecutive games since late October.
Boston jumped ahead 1-0 when Bergeron scored on a tough-angle shot at 9:02 of the first. He fired one from near the right boards and the puck slipped behind McElhinney as Boston winger Loui Eriksson was cutting in front.
The Bruins made it 2-0 on Lucic’s power-play goal with just over 5 minutes left in the first. Torey Krug fired a shot from the left point and Lucic, positioned in front, tipped it by McElhinney.
Lucic’s second goal of the game made it 3-0 just over 2 minutes into the third. He fired a shot from the high slot and the puck popped into the air after McElhinney’s stop and bounced into the net behind him just as Jarome Iginla was ready to bat it in.
Johansen’s team-leading 10th goal came on a wrister from the top of right circle with just under 14 minutes left.
Coming off a 4-2 win over Edmonton at home on Friday night, the Blue Jackets had trouble generating much offense.
The Blue Jackets were outshot 9-2 in the first and it didn’t get much better for them in the second. They were held to three shots on goal for nearly half of the period until a power play gave them a brief spark.
Possibly looking to give his team a lift, Columbus’ defenseman Dalton Prout took on Boston heavyweight Lucic for a fight midway into the second. Things were chippy, at times, for stretches in the second — with a couple of scrums after whistles.
Columbus went nearly 18 minutes without a shot on goal from the first into the second — and that was a clear from their own zone on one of Boston’s power plays.
Notes: The Bruins improved to 14-2-1 when scoring the game’s first goal. ... Columbus’ LW Nick Foligno was given a unsportsmanlike conduct minor and 10-minute misconduct late in the second after he grabbed Boston D Dennis Seidenberg by the jersey from behind and spun him around during a scrum at center ice. ... The Bruins are off until Thursday, when they play rival Montreal. ... The Blue Jackets fell to 1-11-0 when they trail after two periods. ... Former Bruin Johnny “The Chief” Bucyk watched the game from a luxury box. His No. 9 is retired and hanging in the rafters. ... A big melee broke out in the high-priced seats late in the game.
Canadiens 4 Maple Leafs 2
Montreal — Max Pacioretty scored twice and added an assist and Montreal defeated Toronto.
P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens and Carey Price stopped 34 shots.
James van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond scored for the Leafs, while Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves.
Rangers 5, Canucks 2
New York — Chris Kreider scored three goals, and Rick Nash added a goal and two assists as New York spoiled the return of former coach John Tortorella by rolling to a victory over his Canucks.
Kreider netted two in the first period for his first NHL multigoal game, and finished his hat trick by tipping in Anton Stralman’s shot with his back to the net at 9:38 of the third. Kreider had scored only five goals — three this season — in his first 43 career games.
His effort brought a rain of hats onto the Madison Square Garden ice.
Devils 1, Sabres 0 (ot)
Newark, n.j. — Steve Bernier scored at 4:19 of overtime and Cory Schneider made 15 saves and New Jersey shut out Buffalo.
Schneider has won back-to-back games after beating Carolina on Friday night.
Capitals 3 Islanders 2 (ot)
Uniondale, n.y. — Alexander Ovechkin scored at 2:07 of overtime to lift Washington over New York.
Ovechkin’s goal came after Washington tied the game with a short-handed goal by Nicklas Backstrom 49 seconds left in the third period.
Penguins 5, Panthers 1
Sunrise, Fla. — Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and had three assists to lift Pittsburgh over Florida.
Jussi Jokinen, James Neal, Chris Kunitz and Joe Vitale also scored goals for Pittsburgh, which won its third straight game.
Jeff Zatkoff stopped 39 shots, including 15 in the first period.
Malkin has four goals and 13 assists during an eight-game point streak.
Scottie Upshall scored for Florida and Tim Thomas allowed four goals on 13 shots. Thomas was replaced by Scott Clemmensen to start the third period. Clemmensen made five saves.