Brad Marchand scored twice and Tuukka Rask celebrated his 300th career win when hosts Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 4-1 on Thursday.
Craig Smith scored a power play goal in the first half and Taylor Hall in the third for the Bruins, who beat the Islanders for the first time in six games this season. The teams will compete against each other again on Friday in Boston.
Rask has made 22 saves on his return to the field since retiring with an upper body injury after the first phase of the Bruins’ 4-3 extra time against the islanders on March 25.
New York scored a goal from Travis Zajac and Semyon Varlamov stopped 41 shots.
Jets 5, Maple Leafs 2
Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist, Nikolaj Ehlers scored two goals and Winnipeg handed hosts Toronto their third straight defeat.
Mark Scheifele added a goal and two assists for the Jets, who have won five of their last six games. Neal Pionk added two templates. Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck scored 31 saves.
John Tavares had a goal and an assist, and Alex Galchenyuk scored for Toronto. Maple Leafs goalkeeper Jack Campbell allowed three goals in six shots before being replaced by David Rittich in the first half. Rittich made 16 parades.
Rangers 4, Devils 0
Artemi Panarin scored two goals and one assist as hosts New York drove to a win over New Jersey.
Panarin released its third multi-goal game of the season. Since returning on March 13 after a two-week absence for personal reasons, he has scored 10 goals in 18 games.
Jacob Trouba and Ryan Lindgren scored in the opening 6:39 as the Rangers improved to 11-4-3 in their last 18 games. New York remain four points behind the Bruins for fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division.
Sabers 5, capitals 2
Anders Björk had one goal and an assist, and goalkeeper Dustin Tokarski made 27 saves to take his first win in more than five years.
Sam Reinhart, Victor Olofsson and Casey Mittelstadt also scored goals for the Sabers, who improved to 5-2 in the nine games since their 18-game losing streak ended.
The Capitals saw the end of their winning streak in three games and ended the season with a 6-1-1 record against Buffalo. Washington scored goals from Dmitry Orlov and recently acquired Anthony Mantha.
Hurricanes 4, Predators 1
Petr Mrazek only had to make 19 saves to help Carolina break a two-game defeat by beating Nashville in Raleigh. NC Mrazek are 3-0-1 since returning after being laid off for more than two months with a thumb injury.
Warren Foegele, Andrei Svechnikov, Vincent Trocheck and Sebastian Aho had the goals for Carolina, and Svechnikov and Trocheck each provided a template.
Nashville’s Erik Haula scored a shorthanded goal in the third half. Goalkeeper Juuse Saros made 25 saves for the Predators, who have lost for the fourth time in 17 games.
Blitz 3, Panther 2 (OT)
Victor Hedman scored 54 seconds in extra time when hosts beat Tampa Bay Florida.
Blitz goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves. Alex Killorn and Ross Colton also scored goals for the home team.
The Panthers scored goals from Patric Hornqvist and Anthony Duclair, and Chris Driedger stopped 16 shots.
Flyer 2, Penguins 1 (SO)
Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier scored a goal in a shootout to give Philadelphia a win in Pittsburgh.
Jakub Voracek scored in regulation for the Flyers who lost two straights and four out of five. Carter Hart stopped 31 shots for victory.
Sidney Crosby scored in regulation for the Penguins, who had won three in a row, and Tristan Jarry made 26 saves.
Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 1
Troy Stecher scored the first game of his career with two goals and Jakub Vrana scored a win over Chicago on his Detroit debut.
Vrana was acquired by the Washington Capitals at close of trading on Monday. Michael Rasmussen also scored for the Red Wings and Marc Staal had two assists. Detroit goalkeeper Thomas Greiss stopped 24 shots.
Duncan Keith scored for the Blackhawks and Kevin Lankinen scored 24 saves.
Stars 4, blue jackets 1
Denis Gurianov scored two goals and one assist when Dallas scored four unanswered goals for a home win over Columbus.
Miro Heiskanen and Joe Pavelski also scored, while Jake Oettinger scored 17 saves to improve to 4-0-1 against the Blue Jackets this season.
Jack Roslovic scored his ninth goal of the season, but Columbus only managed 18 shots on goal. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 27 for the Blue Jackets, who lost four in a row (0-3-1).
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