Tim Thomas made 25 saves to record his third shut out of the season and help the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils and their sixth successive victory.
Thomas shines for Bruins
Tim Thomas made 25 saves to record his third shut out of the season and help the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils and their sixth successive victory. Milan Lucic snapped a scoreless tie 49 seconds into the third period and David Krejci added an empty net goal with 48 seconds remaining to help Boston (25-5-4) move seven points ahead of the New York Rangers on top of the Eastern Conference standings.
"It was a nice win," the Boston coach Claude Julien said. "We were patient against a very good team." Shaone Morrisonn scored his first goal of the season just 59 seconds into overtime as the Washington Capitals overcame a four-goal deficit to defeat the New York Rangers 5-4. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and set up another as the Detroit Red Wings cruised to their third straight win, a 4-1 victory over the St Louis Blues.
James Neal hit a hat-trick as the Dallas Stars rolled past the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-2. The Calgary Flames beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3. Brett Clark scored the winner - on his 32nd birthday - to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. The Philadelphia Flyers posted a 6-4 triumph over the Ottawa Senators. Stephane Veilleux's short-handed goal proved to be the winner as the Minnesota Wild overcame the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.
Bryan Little scored twice as the Atlanta Thrashers beat the New York Islanders 4-2. Los Angeles Kings shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time this season in a 3-0 win. Florida Panthers also beat the Nashville Predators 3-0. Tampa Bay Lightning ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. San Jose Sharks hammered the Vancouver Canucks 5-0.