Perron scores as Blues beat Stars 5-1
DALLAS (AP) — David Perron scored his team-leading 24th goal and the St. Louis Blues chased Dallas goalie Ben Bishop early while extending their Western Conference lead with a dominant 5-1 victory over the Stars on Friday night.
St. Louis is four points ahead of Dallas with 20 games to go in a tight race among the top three teams in the West.
Colorado moved into second in the Central Division, a point ahead of the Stars, with a 1-0 win at Anaheim. Dallas has 21 games remaining, and the Avalanche have 22.
Bishop, a 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist, was pulled after Jaden Schwartz beat him from the right circle for a 4-0 lead just 4:45 into the second period. Bishop made nine stops on 13 shots.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored two more goals, and Boston earned its fifth consecutive win.
Bergeron has scored 21 times in 32 games since returning from a lower-body injury on Dec. 9, an injury that sidelined him for seven games.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pavel Francouz made 26 saves in his first NHL shutout, leading Colorado to its fifth straight road win.
J.T. Compher scored in the second period, helping Francouz get the win after he finalized a $4 million, two-year contract extension earlier in the day. It was the 27th career game for the 29-year-old Czech goaltender.
Colorado’s victory — its 10th in its last 14 games — and Dallas’ loss to St. Louis moved the Avalanche into second place in the Central Division. They have 77 points and trail the Blues by three points.
John Gibson made 28 stops for Anaheim.
New York swept the four-game season series. The Rangers have won 31 of their past 37 games with the Hurricanes since February 2011.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jared Spurgeon scored three goals, sending Minnesota to the road win.
Spurgeon gave Minnesota its first lead at 4-3 midway through the third period when his backhand tipped in off defender Adam Larsson’s stick. Spurgeon earned the natural hat trick late in the game, scoring his 10th goal into an empty net.
It was Eberle’s third career hat trick.
DeBrincat skated in alone in overtime, and then snapped off a shot that beat Pekka Rinne high on the glove side for his 16th goal.
DeBrincat tied the game with a power-play goal midway through the third period. His goal came on a deflection and snapped Chicago’s 0-for-21 drought with the man advantage.
- Boston Bruins
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Colorado Avalanche
- Dallas Stars
- David Perron
- Minnesota Wild
- New York Islanders
- New York Rangers