NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Rookie Frank Vatrano scored early, Jonas Gustavsson made 19 saves and the struggling Boston Bruins beat the banged up New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Friday night for the 3,000th win in franchise history.
Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Hayes and Colin Miller also scored as the Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak and won for only the second time in seven games.
Bobby Farnham scored for the Devils, who have dropped three straight games in regulation for the first time since the start of the season. Cory Schneider finished with 27 saves.
The game was the start of a five-game road trip for the Bruins, and that might be the best place for them now. They are now 12-3-2 on the road and 9-11-2 at home.
Boston has won its last five against New Jersey and 17 of 20.
BLACKHAWKS 3, SABRES 1
CHICAGO (AP) – Phillip Danault scored his first NHL goal, Corey Crawford made 28 saves and Chicago beat Buffalo for its sixth consecutive victory.
Niklas Hjalmarsson and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago, and Crawford remained perfect in seven career starts against Buffalo. The Blackhawks have won nine in a row against the Sabres.
Ryan O'Reilly had Buffalo's only goal in the Sabres' sixth consecutive loss. Chad Johnson had 42 stops in a terrific performance.
LIGHTNING 3, OILERS 2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Victor Hedman had a goal and two assists and Steven Stamkos capped Tampa Bay's three-goal, third-period rally to beat Edmonton.
Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning, who benefited from some luck as each of their three goals deflected in off an Edmonton skater.
Justin Schultz and Benoit Pouliot scored for the Oilers, who led 2-0 after two periods.
AVALANCHE 5, PREDATORS 3
COLORADO (AP) – Tyson Barrie put Colorado ahead midway through the third period and the Avalanche beat Nashville.
Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist in his first game with the Predators since they traded for him Wednesday.
Barrie beat goalie Pekka Rinne with a shot from the top of the slot with 9 minutes left. It was his third goal in three games.
Jarome Iginla, Cody McLeod, Gabriel Landeskog and Jake Skille also scored and Semyon Varlamov made 19 saves to help Colorado tie Nashville in the Western Conference standings with 45 points. The Predators have played one fewer game.
Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville and Rinne made 22 saves.
HURRICANES 4, BLUE JACKETS 1
RALEIGH, N.C (AP) – Elias Lindholm scored twice, Cam Ward made 35 saves and Carolina beat Columbus.
Lindholm put Carolina ahead 2-1 on a slap shot with 5:25 left in the second period, then added an empty-net goal with 1:01 remaining. Jordan Staal and Chris Terry also scored for the Hurricanes, and Kris Versteeg had two assists, giving him 299 NHL points.
Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus, and Anton Forsberg made 25 saves.
Defenseman Seth Jones made his first appearance with Columbus since a trade from Nashville on Wednesday and played in his 100th NHL game.
Columbus' Nick Foligno left early in the third after a hard hit from the Hurricanes' Brad Malone.
This was the opener of a back-to-back, and the teams will play in Columbus on Saturday night.