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Bruins crushing victory at home
Brad Marchand and Danton Heinen scored shorthanded and the Boston Bruins blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Thursday night.
Linus Ullmark made 17 saves to earn his first shutout this season.
Morgan Geekie and Pavel Zacha also scored for the Bruins, who rallied after suffering a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. Charlie Coyle set up his team’s two shorthanded goals.
It was an eighth victory in 10 games for the Bruins, who joined the Canucks atop the overall NHL standings with 73 points.
Last season, the Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy with 135 points and 65 victories, both NHL records. However, they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Florida Panthers.
Thatcher Demko stopped 21 pucks for the Canucks, who saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end. The Vancouver team had won 10 of its last 12 outings, while its two losses occurred after regulation time.
Ken Powtak, Associated Press
The Flames win a third game in a row
Connor Zary scored a 12e goal and the Calgary Flames earned their third straight win on Thursday, winning 5-3 against the New Jersey Devils.
Mikael Backlund, Kevin Rooney, Andrei Kuzmenko and Andrew Mangiapane had the other Flames goals, while Jacob Markstrom made 37 saves.
Noah Hanifin provided two assists for Calgary.
The club’s good streak comes after a series of four defeats.
Ondrej Palat scored twice for the Devils. Nico Hischier was the other scorer.
Jesper Bratt took part in all of his team’s goals, while Vitek Vanecek blocked 25 shots.
Jack Hughes returned to action after an 11-game absence due to an upper-body injury.
Jonathan Huberdeau, of the Flames, was at an 800e game in the NHL. The 30-year-old hockey player from Saint-Jérôme was chosen third overall in 2011 by Florida. The Panthers sent him to Calgary in July 2022.
The Flames will visit the Islanders on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.
Martin Necas scores hat trick in 5-2 win over Avalanche
Martin Necas scored the first three goals of the game on Thursday, guiding the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Necas completed the hat-trick in 16:51 in the first period.
He has 16 goals this season, including seven in the last seven games.
Michael Bunting and Seth Jarvis had Carolina’s other goals, while Teuvo Teravainen provided three assists.
Zach Parise and Samuel Girard scored five seconds apart late in the first period.
Alexandar Georgiev stopped 22 shots for the Avalanche, who lost a third straight game.
Travis Konecny powers Flyers to 4-1 victory over Jets
Travis Konecny scored a Gordie Howe hat trick to guide the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Morgan Frost and Ryan Poehling both had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who have won both games since returning from the All-Star break.
Tyson Foerster also scored while Samuel Ersson blocked 28 shots for one of the most surprising teams in the Metropolitan Division this season.
Ersson became the Flyers’ number one goaltender after goaltender Carter Hart left the team due to a sexual assault accusation.
Kyle Connor scored for the Jets, who have lost their last five games. They slipped to the third level of the Central section.
Laurent Brossoit finished the match with 17 saves.
Konecny got the ball rolling by dropping the gloves with Neal Pionk, just 6:03 into the first period. He then gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead before getting an assist on Frost’s net.
Aaron Bracy, Associated Press
The Panthers win 4-2 against the Capitals
Ryan Lomberg broke the deadlock with 6:52 remaining and the Florida Panthers defeated the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Thursday night.
Lomberg scored his third goal of the season and his first since November 14, ending a 31-game goal drought. It allowed the Panthers to sign a fifth victory in their last six outings.
Matthew Tkachuk, who added two assists, Sam Reinhart and Eetu Luostarinen also moved the ropes for the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 21 shots.
Panthers head coach Paul Maurice earned an 849e career victory, tying Ken Hitchcock for fifth most in NHL history.
Alex Ovechkin scored 833e goal of his career while Anthony Mantha also threaded the needle for the Capitals. Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves.
Ovechkin has hit the target in his last three games, after ending an eight-game goalless drought on January 27.
Colby Guy, Associated Press
Barzal and Horvat stand out in Islanders victory
Mathew Barzal and Bo Horvat each had a goal and an assist on Thursday, helping the New York Islanders win 6-2 at the expense of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Noah Dobson, Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Pulock and Casey Cizikas had the other Islanders goals.
The team begins a four-game homestand that will culminate with a matchup against the Rangers at MetLife Stadium on February 18.
Ilya Sorokin made 16 saves, earning a 16e gain this season.
Nikita Kucherov and Brandon Hagel responded for the Lightning.
Kucherov dominates his team with 33 goals.
Jonas Johansson blocked 18 shots.
Marchessault sets the tone for the Golden Knights, who win
Jonathan Marchessault scored 19 seconds into the game Thursday, helping the Vegas Golden Knights win 3-2 over the Arizona Coyotes.
Marchessault put on a 26e goal this season by completing a two-on-one with Ivan Barbashev.
The sequence began when Nicolas Roy stole the disc from JJ Moser, before passing it to Barbashev.
Marchessault, Nicolas Hague and Chandler Stephenson gave the Knights a 3-0 cushion in 6:17.
Connor Ingram was beaten three times in six shots before giving way to Karel Vejmelka, who made 28 saves.
Adin Hill made 20 saves. He is 4-0 and has allowed just seven goals since returning from an injury Dec. 17.
Vegas has prevailed seven times in nine games. One of the two losses was suffered in overtime.
Jason Zucker and Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes, who have lost their last four games.