BOSTON — David Krejci completed his second career hat trick at 2:59 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 victory over New Jersey on Thursday night that finished their first season sweep of the Devils since 1985-86.
Tyler Seguin also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who opened a three-point lead over second-place Ottawa in the Northeast Division and sent New Jersey to its fourth consecutive loss.
Krejci, who had three goals in his previous 23 games, picked up a loose puck in front of goalie Martin Brodeur and scored his 16th of the season, triggering a cascade of hats onto the ice. Krejci had not scored more than one goal in a game this season.
RANGERS 3, HURRICANES 2
In Raleigh, N.C., Marian Gaborik scored his 30th goal of the season and Brandon Prust netted the game-winner
in Eastern Conference-leading New York’s victory over Carolina.
Gaborik reached the
30-goal mark for the seventh time in his NHL career. He gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with 5:07 left in the second period when he poked the puck in at the left post after it sailed high and landed in the crease.
New York won its third in a row despite playing without captain Ryan Callahan, who missed the game because of a bruised right foot.
Artem Anisimov also scored for the Rangers
FLYERS 6, ISLANDERS 3
In Philadelphia, Matt Read scored twice and Jaromir Jagr had the go-ahead goal to lead Philadelphia over New York.
Andrej Meszaros and Scott Hartnell also scored for Philadelphia, which had lost five of eight, but moved into fifth place in the Eastern Conference with the win.
Josh Bailey scored two goals and Kyle Okposo had one for the Islanders, who have the fourth-lowest point total in the NHL.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 21 saves to earn the win in his fifth consecutive start.
CANADIENS 5, WILD 4 (SO)
In Montreal, David Desharnais scored in regulation and in a shootout as the Canadiens pulled out a win over Minnesota, despite blowing a three-goal lead in the third period.
The Wild trailed 4-1 going into the final four minutes of regulation and scored three times. Matt Kassian got his second of the game, and Dany Heatley scored before Devin Setoguchi tied it with the Wild playing with six attackers with 9 seconds to play.
Boos poured down from the seats for a team that has blown leads repeatedly this season. But Desharnais got the only shootout goal and Setoguchi lost the puck, then fell on the Wild’s last attempt to give Montreal the win.
P.K. Subban, Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty scored as Montreal’s 29th-ranked power play got three for the first time this season.
Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom left the game because of a leg injury just 2:52 in.