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Bergeron says anything Couturier can do he can do better

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Bergeron says anything Couturier can do he can do better

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron had four goals and an assist, surpassing 700 points for his career while leading the Boston Bruins to a 7-1 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Brad Marchand assisted on all of Bergeron's goals and David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who scored on their first two shots and led 5-1 after the first period. Boston also got goals from Riley Nash and Jake DeBrusk while improving to 8-0-2 in its last 10 games.

Anton Khudobin had 27 saves for the Bruins.

Jordan Staal scored a power-play goal for Carolina in the first period and Scott Darling stopped 23 of 28 shots in relief of Cam Ward, who was pulled after allowing two goals on two shots.

Bergeron tied a club record for goals in a game and became the first Bruin with four goals since Dave Andreychuk on Oct. 28, 1999, against Tampa Bay. He needed three points to reach 700 entering the game. He put Boston up 1-0 with a short-handed goal 3:14 into the game, then set up Pastrnak for a power-play goal that put Boston up 3-1 at 9:04 (see full recap).

Matthews, Bozak rally Leafs over Canucks in shootout
TORONTO -- Auston Matthews and Tyler Bozak scored in the third period and again in the shootout, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Saturday night.

It's the second straight shootout win for Toronto. Frederik Andersen stopped 2 of 3 shootout attempts after making 34 saves.

Canucks star rookie Brock Boeser appeared to have won it with a blistering shot 45 seconds into overtime, but replays showed the puck went off one post and then another without crossing the line.

The Leafs then had a man-advantage with Boeser off for slashing but failed to convert.

Boeser scored in the second period and Gagner in the third to put Vancouver ahead 2-0 before Matthews and Bozak brought Toronto back.

Toronto finally beat Jacob Markstrom at 8:23 of the third when Matthews tipped in a pass from Zach Hyman for his 19th. Bozak tied it at 12:37, knocking in his own rebound after a long stretch pass from Morgan Rielly sent him in alone (see full recap).

Dzingel scores 2, Senators beat league-best Lightning
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Ryan Dzingel scored twice and Mark Stone had a goal and two assists to help the Ottawa Senators beat the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3 on Saturday night.

Matt Duchene, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Senators, who have won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 13-16. Craig Anderson stopped 45 shots.

Victor Hedman, Slater Koekkoek and Yanni Gourde scored for the Lightning, who allowed six goals for the first time this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 27 saves.

With the score tied 3-3 after two periods, Stone picked up a rebound of Derick Brassard's shot to beat Vasilevskiy at 10:44 of the third. Pageau and Dzingel scored insurance goals soon after as the teams alternated scoring three goals in a period.

The Senators dominated the first period and took a 3-0 lead, but the second was all about the Lightning as they tied the score (see full recap).

Auston Matthews' return helps Maple Leafs beat Rangers

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Auston Matthews' return helps Maple Leafs beat Rangers

NEW YORK -- Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist in his return from a concussion to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday night.

Matthews sat out the previous six games. The top pick in the 2016 draft made a pretty move just outside the crease to give the Maple Leafs a 3-1 lead at 11:22 of the second period. Zach Hyman and William Nylander assisted on the play.

Nylander and Ron Hainsey also scored for Toronto, and Frederik Anderson stopped 30 shots.

Jimmy Vesey and J.T. Miller scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves. New York dropped only its third game at Madison Square Garden in the last 15 contests.

The Rangers appeared to have tied it at 3 at 12:09 of the third period. Michael Grabner snuck a shot between Anderson's pads. However, Toronto coach Mike Babcock challenged the play and the call was overturned after the referees determined Kevin Hayes was offside.

Nylander scored the game's first goal at 17:14 of the opening frame when Matthews delivered a backhand pass to set up a one-timer. Matthews missed a point-blank opportunity moments before he set up Nylander (see full recap).

Reimer makes 38 saves to lift Panthers over Senators
SUNRISE, Fla. -- James Reimer made 38 saves for his first shutout this season, Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the second period and the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 1-0 on Saturday night.

Reimer got his first shutout since April 9 at Washington. He was playing in his ninth straight game and second in two nights after beating Minnesota 4-2 on Friday.

Ottawa backup Mike Condon stopped 37 shots, but couldn't turn away Huberdeau when he went top shelf 1:36 into the second. Ottawa has dropped three straight.

Huberdeau sent a wrist shot past Condon after a cross-ice pass from Nick Bjugstad from just inside the blue line. Huberdeau also scored twice Friday.

Florida's best opportunity to extend the lead came with just over nine minutes remaining, when Evgenii Dadonov had a short breakaway, but his shot bounced off Condon's right arm. Bjugstad then had a chance at a tip-in, but that grazed off Condon's pads (see full recap).

Fleury has first shutout, leads Vegas past Capitals
LAS VEGAS -- Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots for his first shutout with Vegas, William Karlsson scored during a three-goal first period and the Golden Knights beat the Washington Capitals 3-0 on Saturday night.

Fleury was perfect in his 699th career game and eighth since being selected by Vegas in the expansion draft.

Alex Tuch and Oscar Lindberg also scored in the first period for Vegas, which went 4-0-1 on this homestand and has a point in nine straight games.

Washington was 4-0-1 in its past five games and 8-1-1 in its last 10, but the Capitals lost their second in two nights, including a defeat to the Coyotes.

The Capitals had scored at least four goals in six of their previous nine games and hadn't been shut out since a 2-0 home loss to Toronto on Oct. 17 -- the only other time they've been blanked this season.

Tuch opened the scoring by tapping in Brendan Leipsic's rebound for his eighth of the season. Lindberg then took a pass from Tomas Nosek and punched in his seventh. Finally, Karlsson slapped a one-timer past Braden Holtby.

It could have been worse for Washington. Tuch's goal came moments after Leipsic missed on a breakaway, Jon Merrill had a solid attempt from the right slot that Holtby stymied, James Neal had two great looks and Jonathan Marchessault clanked a shot off the crossbar (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Auston Matthews' legend grows with OT winner as Leafs top Canadiens

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Best of NHL: Auston Matthews' legend grows with OT winner as Leafs top Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Auston Matthews scored his second goal of the game 48 seconds into overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Saturday night.

Matthews finished a 2-on-1 counterattack with William Nylander, beating goalie Carey Price with a shot from the left circle for his fifth goal in five games.

James van Riemsdyk and Patrick Marleau also scored for Toronto, which ended a 14-game winless run against Montreal dating to January 2014.

Jeff Petry, Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin scored for the Canadiens (see full recap).

Kucherov scores in 5th straight game, Lightning beat Blues
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nikita Kucherov became the first Tampa Bay player to score in each of the first five games of a season, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves and the Lightning beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Saturday night.

Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning, who have won four of five.

Vladimir Tarasenko got his fourth goal and Jake Allen stopped 25 shots for St. Louis, which has lost two in a row following a season-opening four-game winning streak.

Kucherov made it 2-0 on a backhander at 6:27 of the third.

Tarasenko got the Blues with 2-1 with 3:23 to play. He has seven goals and nine points in nine games against Tampa Bay (see full recap).

Crosby scores twice, leads Penguins past Panthers
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored two goals, including a bad-angle deflection in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday night.

Crosby has three goals this season. Patric Hornqvist and Greg McKegg also scored for the Penguins, who are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games against the Panthers -- their longest stretch without a regulation loss in the history of the series.

McKegg, who scored his first goal for Pittsburgh, spent time with the Panthers the last two seasons, compiling eight points in 46 games and appearing in a playoff game in 2016.

Matt Murray stopped 43 shots for Pittsburgh. He earned his 44th win, tying Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford for 10th in team history.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and Aaron Ekblad also had a goal for Florida. Evgeni Dadonov added two assists for the Panthers, unable to win a third straight game (see full recap).

Ehlers gets 5th goal, lifts Jets over Hurricanes
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Nikolaj Ehlers scored his team-leading fifth goal during the third period to lift the Winnipeg Jets over the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Saturday night.

Ehlers took a feed from captain Blake Wheeler and wired a shot from the high slot over the stick-side shoulder of goalie Scott Darling 6:03 into the third. Winnipeg won its third straight after an 0-2 start.

Bryan Little also scored for the Jets.

Jeff Skinner had a power-play goal for Carolina.

On the winner, Wheeler had the puck in the corner and waited for Ehlers to skate himself open. Ehlers, skating backward through the slot from Darling's right to his left, took the pass and caught the new Hurricanes goaltender going the wrong way, sniping a perfect wrist shot into the corner (see full recap).