Tyler Seguin scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and later sealed the win with an empty-netter, as the Boston Bruins downed the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, at TD Garden. Seguin also assisted on Patrice Bergeron's goal in the first period and David Krejci added another tally for Boston, which had lost two in a row coming in. Anton Khudobin made 25 saves to pick up the win, while counterpart Ben Scrivens gave up three goals on 24 shots. Nazem Kadri and Jay McClement each scored for the Maple Leafs, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and dropped their eighth straight meeting against Boston.
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias tied the game late in regulation and scored in the shootout, as the New Jersey Devils snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center. Brian Flynn's first NHL goal gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead midway through the third period. New Jersey fought back, however, and pulled even just as goaltender Johan Hedberg went to the bench for an extra skater. Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth kicked out David Clarkson's long shot, but Elias buried the rebound with 1:06 remaining. Enroth, making his first start since Feb. 5, was injured on the tying goal. Ryan Miller took over between the pipes and Clarkson beat him with a backhander to begin the second round of the shootout. After Buffalo captain Jason Pominville missed the net, Elias sealed it with a great deke to the forehand. Hedberg made 23 saves to end a personal 0-6-1 stretch. Enroth had 27 saves before muscle cramps forced his departure.
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, NY Islanders 1 (OT)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik's power-play goal 42 seconds into overtime capped a late comeback that gave the resurgent New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Rick Nash netted the game-tying tally with 5:23 left in regulation before drawing the primary assist on Gaborik's game-winner, with Derek Stepan assisting on both Ranger markers and Henrik Lundqvist stopping 27-of-28 shots for the Blueshirts. The win was the Rangers' fourth in a row, a streak that coincided with Nash's return to the lineup from a four-game absence caused by an undisclosed injury. The team went 0-3-1 during that stretch. Michael Grabner lit the lamp for the third straight game for the Islanders, but was also whistled for a costly hooking penalty 21 seconds into extra time that led to Gaborik's score. Evgeni Nabokov finished with 35 saves for the Isles, who earned at least one point (2-0-2) for a fourth consecutive outing.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The road team has proved to have much success in the recent series history between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. And that again proved to be the case Thursday night. Chris Kunitz had a pair of goals, including the go-ahead score early in the third period, and the Penguins scored four unanswered goals to stun the Flyers, 5-4. In the last 24 games between these two teams dating back to Jan. 13, 2009, the road team has posted an 18-5-1 record, compared to 6-16-2 for the home team. This season, the road team is 3-0. Pascal Dupuis added a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who avenged a 6-5 loss to Philadelphia in Pittsburgh on Feb. 20 and took a 2-1 lead in the season series. James Neal and Tyler Kennedy also lit the lamp. Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury gave up four goals on 18 shots and was pulled after the first period. Tomas Vokoun made 14 saves over the final two frames. Jakub Voracek had a pair of goals for the Flyers, who have lost two in a row. Kimmo Timonen added a goal and two assists, while Zac Rinaldo also lit the lamp. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 12-of-16 shots for the Flyers before being pulled late in the second period. Brian Boucher turned aside 5-of-6 shots in relief.
Final Score: Washington 7, Florida 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Braden Holtby made 29 saves and seven different Capitals scored in Washington's 7-1 dismantling of the Florida Panthers at Verizon Center. Alex Ovechkin, Wojtek Wolski and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and two assists for the Capitals, who have erupted for 18 goals in three victories over the Panthers this season. John Erskine and John Carlson each scored in a four-goal first period, while Eric Fehr and Mathieu Perreault both got in on the act in the third. Jacob Markstrom, fresh off his first win of the season against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, started in net for Florida and was quickly pulled after giving up goals on Washington's first two shots. Scott Clemmensen yielded five goals on 24 shots in relief, and Jack Skille scored the Panthers' lone goal.
Final Score: Montreal 4, Carolina 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Lars Eller tallied the go-ahead goal in the third period and P.K. Subban added insurance in the Montreal Canadiens' 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in a battle of division leaders. The Northeast-leading Canadiens had an 11-point streak (8-0-3) snapped Tuesday against the New York Islanders. Brandon Prust and Gorges each netted a goal in the opening frame for Northeast-leading Montreal, which avoided consecutive losses for the first time in a month. Carey Price made 42 saves in the win. The Habs dropped three in a row prior to the start of that torrid 11-point stretch on Feb. 12 in a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Six points atop the Southeast division, Carolina had its four-game winning streak snapped. Jordan Staal and Drayson Bowman potted goals, while Peters gave up four goals on 28 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Columbus 2, Vancouver 1 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Matt Calvert's goal with 57 seconds left in overtime lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, on Thursday. R.J. Umberger also lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets, who have won three straight. Sergei Bobrovsky registered 34 saves in the triumph. Henrik Sedin provided the lone goal for the Canucks, losers in three straight and five of their last six tilts. Cory Schneider stopped 25 of the 27 shots he saw in the setback.
Final Score: Winnipeg 2, Tampa Bay 1
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Bryan Little scored the deciding goal with 4:08 left to play, enabling the Winnipeg Jets to avenge an earlier lopsided loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 2-1 decision over their Southeast Division rival at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Eric Tangradi netted his first goal as a Jet and Al Montoya turned back 28-of-29 shots to help Winnipeg gain payback for last month's 8-3 shellacking at the hands of the Lightning in its most recent visit to Tampa. The win also halted a two-game overall losing skid and was only the Jets' second in their last 11 trips to Tampa Bay Times Forum. Steven Stamkos came through with his league-leading 18th tally of the season for the Lightning's lone score. Anders Lindback finished with 26 saves in the loss, Tampa's sixth in its past seven outings.
Final Score: Detroit 3, Edmonton 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Detroit Red Wings continued their home dominance over the Edmonton Oilers with a 3-0 victory. Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton each scored in the second period for the Red Wings, who improved to 5-1-1 since Feb. 23. Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots for Edmonton, which has lost seven straight at Joe Louis Arena. The Oilers fell to 1-3-2 on their nine-game road trip.