NHL Roundup: Pastrnak hits 50-goal mark as Bruins top Canes in shootout

Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88) celebrates after his goal with teammate Tyler Bertuzzi (59) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, March 26, 2023. (Karl B DeBlaker/AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — David Pastrnak eclipsed the 50-goal mark by scoring twice and the Boston Bruins won their seventh game in a row by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in a shootout Sunday.

Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk scored in the shootout in a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders.

Jakub Lauko also scored for the Bruins, who earned their 57th victory and are five wins shy of matching the all-time NHL record with nine regular-season games to play. Charlie McAvoy had two assists and Jeremy Swayman made 34 saves.

Jack Drury, Brady Skjei and Sebastian Aho scored for the Hurricanes, who won three of their previous four games. Brett Pesce had two assists and Frederik Andersen stopped 35 shots.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Tavares scored two goals and added an assist, Joseph Woll made 22 saves and Toronto has won two of its last three.

Alexander Kerfoot also scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs are seven points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division with Toronto having one game in hand. Auston Matthews had two assists.

Tyson Barrie had a goal and an assist, Cody Glass also scored and Kevin Lankinen made 31 saves for Nashville, which lost back-to-back home games over the weekend. The Predators remain five points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the Western Conference’s second wild-card berth, with Nashville having played two fewer games.


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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Valeri Nichushkin scored a power-play goal in the third period and had the only goal in the shootout and Colorado moved into a tie for second place in the Central Division.

Nichushkin was the 14th player in the shootout and was the only one to score, poking the puck past Connor Ingram, who had 29 saves.

Alexandar Georgiev stopped 27 shots, and Mikko Rantanen and Bowen Byram scored for the Avalanche.

Clayton Keller scored his 36th goal for Arizona, which extended its points streak at home. Matias Maccelli and Christian Fischer also scored for Arizona.


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CHICAGO (AP) — Elias Pettersson scored twice, Phillip Di Giuseppe scored, Brock Boeser got an empty-netter, and the Vancouver Canucks won their third straight.

The Blackhawks celebrated Pride night, honouring the city’s gay community, without the rainbow-coloured Pride night warmup jerseys nor coloured stick tape used in previous seasons. On Thursday, the team announced they wouldn’t wear them, citing an anti-gay Kremlin law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in December that could imperil Russian athletes when they return home.

Collin Delia stopped 29 shots in picking up his ninth win with the Canucks.

Defenceman Connor Murphy and rookie Lukas Reichel scored for Chicago, and Petr Mrazek made 27 saves in recording his 20th loss.

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