Patrice Bergeron scored a hat-trick, Brad Marchand recorded a goal and three assists and goalie Jeremy Swayman made 40 saves in his NHL debut as the Boston Bruins collected a 4-2 road win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
Boston improved to 6-0-1 against Philadelphia this season. The only blemish on the record was the Flyers’ 3-2 overtime win on Monday in the first half of a back-to-back set. The fourth-place Bruins now hold a five-point edge over both Philadelphia and the New York Rangers for the final playoff spot in the East Division.
It was Marchand’s second four-point performance in three games, as he had a hat trick and an assist in the Bruins’ 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Marchand has six goals and five assists over his past five games.
Swayman stood tall against lots of pressure from the Flyers. The 22-year-old Anchorage, Alaska, native thrived even though Philadelphia outshot Boston by a 42-26 margin, matching the Bruins’ season high for most shots allowed in a game. Jakub Voracek had a goal and an assist and Shayne Gostisbehere scored the Flyers’ other goal. All of Philadelphia’s offense came during a lopsided second period that saw the Flyers collect 25 shots, their highest shot total in any period this season.
Bergeron scored his sixth career hat trick. His first goal of the game was a career milestone, as he became the 116th player in NHL history to reach the 900-point plateau at 7:09 of the first period.
The 901st point came just over 10 minutes later during a Bruins power play. After a Scott Laughton breakaway by stopped by Swayman, the puck was quickly worked back up the ice to Bergeron for his second goal of the period.
The Flyers’ big second period saw Voracek and Gostisbehere equalize the score within the frame’s first 4:03. At 8:21 of the third period, Marchand and Jeremy Lauzon broke out on a two-on-one chance during a Philadelphia power play. Lauzon passed to Marchand for the finish and the Bruins’ sixth short-handed goal of the year. Bergeron added an empty-net goal in the final minute of play to clinch the Bruins’ win. Carter Hart stopped 22 of 25 shots for the Flyers.
Blue Jackets snap skid with victory over Lightning
Columbus’ Max Domi and Jack Roslovic each notched a goal and an assist in the Blue Jackets’ 4-2 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
Fourth-line center Zac Dalpe tallied for the first time since October 20, 2016 - a span of 1,629 days - as the Blue Jackets moved to 3-1-1 against the Lightning.
Nick Foligno scored into an empty net, and Seth Jones, Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski and Alexandre Texier posted assists for the Blue Jackets, who ended a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in their last nine games (2-6-1).
Making his second consecutive start and third straight appearance, Joonas Korpisalo (9-11-6) made 36 saves, allowing only third-period goals by rookie Ross Colton and Luke Schenn.
Pat Maroon provided two assists, Tyler Johnson had one and Andrei Vasilevskiy (23-6-1) made 26 saves on 29 shots for the Lightning, who are 2-5-0 in their last seven.
Opening a four-game homestand, the Blue Jackets killed off the game’s first power play – a delay of game infraction by Korpisalo after flipping the puck into the stands – and capitalised just over a minute later in the first period.
From the Columbus defensive end, Jones sent a crisp pass to Domi on the neutral zone boards and zipped it to a streaking Dalpe through the slot. Dalpe then chipped it past Vasilevskiy for a 1-0 lead at 14:57. It was also the team’s first goal in the opening period in 10 games, dating back to a March 18 match against Carolina.
In coach John Tortorella’s doghouse recently and a healthy scratch on Saturday at Florida, Roslovic made it 2-0 after a strong forecheck by Atkinson ended with a short pass to the second-line center, who went top shelf on the near post for his seventh goal at 2:03.
Korpisalo was strong against the Lighting to close the period, and the home side outshot them 12-11 to carry the two-goal lead into the dressing room.
At the 6:08 mark in the third, Domi gave Columbus a 3-0 lead when his shot on Columbus’ third man advantage found its way in from the right circle for his sixth goal.
Tampa Bay pulled Vasilevskiy for the extra skater with over seven minutes left – resulting in Foligno’s goal – and Colton and McDonagh netted for the final margin.
Bruins 4-2 Flyers
Blue Jackets 4-2 Lightning
Rangers 8-4 Penguins
Ducks 5-1 Sharks
Sabres 5-3 Devils
Islanders 1-0 Capitals
Hurricanes 5-2 Panthers
Predators 3-2 Red Wings
Blackhawks 4-2 Stars
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