Taylor Hall scored his first goal for Boston, and Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots from earning his first victory since February – and 300th of his career – in the Bruins’ 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on. Rask had played just once since March 7 because of a . His teammates gave him an easy one, outshooting the Islanders 45-23 – including a 23-7 first period – and getting two goals from Brad Marchand and one from Craig Smith to win their . Travis Zajac scored his first goal for New York, and Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves. The Islanders had won five of their previous six by two points in the East Division.
SABRES 5, CAPITALS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) – Anders Bjork scored his first, helping Buffalo spoil Nicklas Backstrom’s 1,000th game. Sam his 15th goal, and Victor Olofsson added his 12th for Buffalo, which has won five of its last nine following an 18-game winless streak. Casey Middlestadt added the first short-handed goal of his career during the Sabres’ three-goal .
Dustin Tokarski made 27 stops for Buffalo after Linus Ullmark was scratched with a lower-body injury. Tokarski, Buffalo’s fourth-string goalie, won for the first time since stopping 25 shots in Montreal’s goal in as many games with Washington following his trade from Detroit. Dmitry Orlov also scored.over Ottawa on December 12, 2015. Tage Thompson scored an empty-netter. Anthony Mantha scored his second
RED WINGS 4, BLACKHAWKS 1
Since theacquired them in a trade Monday with Washington, Vrana, and Richard Panik played for the first time. In the second period, Vrana put Detroit up 2-1 with a breakaway goal.
Michael Rasmussen scored into an empty net for the Red Wings, who have a three-game winning streak for the first.
Duncan Keith scored the only goal for Chicago, whichin the Central Division.
LIGHTNING 3, PANTHERS 2, OT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – VictorTampa Bay the victory against Florida. The , though the Hurricanes have a game in hand. Florida is one point back.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves for his NHL-leading 26th victory of the season and added an assist. Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist. Ross Colton also scored for Tampa Bay. Chris Driedger stopped 16 shots for the Panthers. Patric Hornqvist and Anthony Duclair scored for Florida, with one.