Bruins run winning streak to six

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BOSTON — Brad Marchand had his first career hat trick and a career-high five points to help Boston beat the Florida Panthers 8-0 on Friday night, giving the Bruins their sixth consecutive victory and their most lopsided of the season.

Marchand scored a short-handed goal to start things off, then added two more and a pair of assists to lead the defending Stanley Cup champions to their 20th win in 23 games.

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for Boston.


In New York, Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in his second win over Philadelphia this season, and rookie defenseman Stu Bickel had two more assists for the Rangers, who beat the Flyers and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division.

Marian Gaborik added his league-leading 21st goal early in the third period and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Rangers (21-8-4), who jumped over the Flyers (21-9-4) in the Atlantic with their fourth consecutive win.


In Newark, N.J., Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout and Martin Brodeur made an outstanding glove save on Alex Ovechkin as New Jersey, after blowing a three-goal lead in the third period, beat Washington.

Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist in regulation and Alexander Urbom and Adam Henrique scored the other goals for the Devils.

Jason Chimera scored twice and Brooks Laich once for the Capitals in the third period.


In Raleigh, N.C., Tuomo Ruutu tipped in Jay Harrison’s slap shot in overtime, lifting Carolina past Ottawa.

Cam Ward made 22 saves for Carolina, which won its first overtime game of the season. The Hurricanes outshot the Senators 38-23, including 29-14 through the first two periods.


In Uniondale, N.Y., Clarke MacArthur scored a goal and added an assist, and James Reimer stopped 30 shots to lead Toronto.

Nazem Kadri, Carl Gunnarsson, Joey Crabb and Joffrey Lupul also had goals for the Maple Leafs.

Kyle Okposo, Franz Neilsen and John Tavares scored for the Islanders.

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