Bruins' dominance of Maple Leafs continues

Toronto's Dion Phaneuf (left) loses control of the puck to Boston's Gregory Campbell during the second period of the Bruins' win.

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Saturday night to start December the same way they finished November.

Boston beat Toronto for the fourth consecutive time this season and the second game in a row. Nathan Horton and David Krejci each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have outscored their closest pursuer in the Northeast Division 23-6 this season.

 

CANADIENS 2, KINGS 1

In Los Angeles, Carey Price made 26 saves, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn scored, and the Montreal Canadiens beat short-handed Los Angeles, ending a four-game losing streak.

Dustin Penner scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Bernier made 25 saves in his fifth start of the season.

 

PENGUINS 3, HURRICANES 2

In Raleigh, N.C., Arron Asham and Pascal Dupuis scored 1:27 apart in the third period, and Pittsburgh made a late defensive stand to beat slumping Carolina.

Craig Adams had a goal and an assist, and Sidney Crosby added an assist for the Penguins.

Brent Johnson stopped 30 shots to win a battle of the backups against Brian Boucher, who made 37 saves.

 

RANGERS 4, LIGHTNING 2

In Tampa, Fla., Derek Stepan had a tiebreaking goal and added an assist, helping New York extend its winning streak to five.

Brad Richards scored an empty-netter in the final minute.

The Rangers also got goals from Ruslan Fedotenko and Artem Anisimov. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots.

 

CAPITALS 3, SENATORS 2 (OT)

In Washington, Brooks Laich scored 12 seconds into overtime to give Washington its first victory under new coach Dale Hunter.

 

BLACKHAWKS 5, BLUES 2

In St. Louis, Marian Hossa scored twice as Chicago solved streaking St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott.

Elliott fell to 10-2 and had a six-game winning streak snapped. He hadn’t allowed more than two goals in his 11 starts and had stopped 239 of his previous 249 shot.

 

JETS 4, DEVILS 2

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Evander Kane scored a pair of goals to lead Winnipeg beat New Jersey.

Kane scored the Jets’ first goal and added an empty-netter with 32 seconds left, Alexander Burmistrov and Mark Stuart also scored, and Bryan Little had a pair of assists.

 

FLYERS 4, COYOTES 2

In Glendale, Ariz., Claude Giroux scored his 15th goal of the season to move into a tie for the NHL scoring lead and Philadelphia dominated Phoenix early in a win.

 

SABRES 3, PREDATORS 2

In Nashville, Tenn., Luke Adam scored had a goal and an assist to lead Buffalo.

Zack Kassian and Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo.

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