NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Ryan Spooner scored his first NHL goal with 2:14 left in overtime and the Boston Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Friday night after blowing a two-goal third-period lead.
Daniel Paille and David Pastrnak scored for Boston, which won for only the second time in nine games (2-5-2). Niklas Svedberg had 29 saves starting for the ailing Tuukka Rask, who had played in the last 18 games for Boston.
Travis Zajac and Jordin Tootoo tallied for New Jersey. Cory Schneider made 31 saves as the Devils lost their second straight and fell nine points behind Boston in the race for the last wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
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The Bruins, who swept the three-game season series, are four points ahead of idle Florida for the final wild-card position.
Islanders 2, Flames 1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Jaroslav Halak set the Islanders’ team record with his 33rd win of the season, and Ryan Strome scored a power-play goal in the first-period.
Halak stopped 26 shots, but lost his shutout bid with 20.9 seconds left on Josh Jooris’ goal that cut Calgary’s deficit in half. The Islanders made it 2-0 with 41.3 seconds remaining on Cal Clutterbuck’s empty-net goal.
New York moved two points ahead of the rival Rangers for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Karri Ramo stopped 37 shots for the Flames, who without injured leading scorer Mark Giordano missed a chance to move into a wild-card position in the Western Conference playoff race.
Calgary dropped to 1-2 on its seven-game road trip.
Hurricanes 3, Capitals 0
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Anton Khudobin stopped 28 shots to earn his first shutout of the season.
Brett Bellemore and Jeff Skinner scored, and Nathan Gerbe added an empty-netter with 10.4 seconds left as the Hurricanes won for the fourth time in six games.
Carolina, last in the Metropolitan Division, moved three points behind seventh-place Columbus in the division.
Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots for the Capitals, who have lost three straight since winning four in a row.
Khudobin had 10 saves in the third period to complete his fourth career shutout. It was just the second of the season for the Hurricanes and their first since Nov. 1, when Cam Ward blanked Arizona 3-0.
Lightning 4, Blackhawks 0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his second shutout, while Steven Stamkos scored two goals.
Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Lightning, who returned home after a 3-2 road trip against Western Conference teams.
Stamkos has 11 goals and 17 points in nine games against Chicago.
Chicago backup goalie Scott Darling stopped 25 shots.
The Blackhawks beat Florida 3-0 Thursday in their first game since losing leading scorer Patrick Kane, placed on long-term injured reserve Wednesday with a broken left collarbone suffered in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Panthers.
Avalanche 5, Stars 4, SO
DALLAS (AP) – Ryan O’Reilly scored on the first shot of a shootout. Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov stopped all three Stars shots in the shootout after O’Reilly lifted the puck over Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen and in off the crossbar.
The teams began the night tied for sixth place in the Central Division with 63 points each, but out of playoff position. Colorado won all five games between the teams.
Nate Guenin had a career-high three points with a goal and two assists for the Avalanche. They rallied from deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 in the third period.
Cody Eakin had two goals and an assist, but the Stars lost their fifth straight game (0-3-2) They also were 0-3-2 against Colorado this season.
For Colorado, Tyson Barrie also had a goal and two assists. Gabriel Landeskog had one of each, Matt Duchene assisted twice and Jarome Iginla scored a goal.
Ducks 4, Kings 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Corey Perry scored the tiebreaking goal with 8:39 to play, and the Ducks furiously rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period.
Ryan Kesler and Emerson Etem scored 90 seconds apart early in the third period for the Ducks, who beat the defending Stanley Cup champions for the third time in four lively meetings this season.
Perry secured the seventh 25-goal season of his NHL career when he slipped past two Kings to put home a bouncing puck in the slot. He then added an empty-net goal with 23.6 seconds left on a high-arcing shot.
Trevor Lewis and Brayden McNabb scored for the Kings, who have lost two straight after an eight-game surge.