League-leading Canadiens rally for victory
MONTREAL – David Desharnais scored on a power play with 68 seconds left in regulation to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Max Pacioretty added an empty-netter 20 seconds later, and Tomas Plekanec and Lars Eller also scored for league-best Montreal, which has points in five straight games. Rookie goalie Mike Condon had 29 saves to improve to 6-0-1.
Loui Eriksson and Frank Vatrano scored for Boston, which has lost six straight against Montreal. Jonas Gustavsson also had 29 saves.
Desharnais was at the right side of the net to fire a rebound of a shot by Alex Galchenyuk into an open side for the game-winner.
The Bruins came in with the NHL's best power play, scoring on 35 percent of chances, and capitalized on their first opportunity when Eriksson tipped in Patrice Bergeron's pass 1:50 into the game. It was the first goal allowed at home by Montreal's penalty killers in 24 attempts this season. Montreal tied it with the man advantage 1:09 into the second when Plekanec picked the top corner on Gustavsson.
•GOALS OVERDUE: Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar scored 55 seconds apart in the third period to lead the Kings over Florida 4-1. Nick Bjugstad scored for the Panthers, who have lost five straight games and hasn't scored a third-period goal in any of them.
• HIGH DRAMA FOR SABRES Rasmus Ristolainen scored two goals, including the game-winner with 16.8 seconds left in regulation, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
•WORTH THE EFFORT: Jake Allen made 45 saves and the St. Louis Blues scored three times in the third period to beat the host Nashville Predators 4-0. The shutout was the second of the season for Allen and the seventh of his career. Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Scottie Upshall and Alexander Steen scored.
•TASTE OF VICTORY: Michal Neuvirth made 28 saves, Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds scored on the power play and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-0, ending end a six-game losing streak. Neuvirth has three victories this season, all via shutout. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 20 of 22 shots for the Jets.
•OVECHKIN IN THE MIX: Alex Ovechkin had a goal in regulation and scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Ovechkin made a quick move to the right on Toronto goalie James Reimer and flipped a shot past him for the first score of the tiebreaker. Washington goalie Braden Holtby then secured the win when he stopped Nazem Kadri's attempt with his right skate.