With milestone comes end of Bruins' malaise
CHICAGO – Patrice Bergeron was happier that the Boston Bruins ended their losing streak than he was about reaching a personal milestone.
Bergeron opened the scoring with his 200th goal, then added two assists in Boston's four-goal second period and the Bruins ended a season-high six-game losing streak with a 6-2 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
Reilly Smith had a goal and assist for the Bruins, who were 0-4-2 during the slide, their longest winless stretch since 2010.
"It was definitely a tough situation," Bergeron said. "It was a little harder this time around. Hopefully we can build from what we've done."
Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost three straight (0-2-1) for the first time since last March. The six goals against Chicago matched a season high and the four against the Blackhawks in the second set a season mark for a period.
"We need to be better, and what level we need to get to as a group," Toews said. "Every single guy needs to look at himself."
•OUT OF A SLUMP: Martin St. Louis scored two goals and added one in the shootout, and the host New York Rangers blew a three-goal lead but won for the ninth time in 12 games by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in a shootout. After going 15 games without a goal, St. Louis has four goals and two assists in the past four games.
•YOUNG HAT?: Center Nathan MacKinnon had the first hat trick of his young career, Matt Duchene also scored and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 in Denver. MacKinnon, at 19 years and 5 months, became the youngest player in franchise history to score three goals in a game. It was Colorado's first hat trick since Matt Duchene did it Nov. 4, 2011, at Dallas, a span of 258 games.
•PREDATORS GET BY: Rookie forward Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal in the fourth round of a shootout, leading the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the host Buffalo Sabres. Nashville (40-13-7) overcame a 1-0 deficit on Mike Ribeiro's power-play goal with 4:17 left in the third period.
•BACKUP DOES JOB: Eddie Lack made 27 saves in relief of an injured Ryan Miller and the Vancouver Canucks beat the New York Islanders 4-0. Miller left with an apparent leg injury early in the second after he was run into by teammate Jannik Hansen.