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Pastrnak pulls off 1st hat trick in most improbable way

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Pastrnak pulls off 1st hat trick in most improbable way

RALEIGH, N.C. -- David Pastrnak scored three of Boston's five goals in the final 10 minutes for his first career hat trick, and the Bruins stunned the Carolina Hurricanes by rallying for a 6-4 victory Tuesday night.

Matt Grzelcyk, Pastrnak and Danton Heinen scored in a span of 77 seconds to turn a 4-1 Bruins deficit into a 4-all tie.

Grzelcyk fired home a slap shot with 9:56 remaining, Pastrnak scored on a wrister 56 seconds later and Heinen followed 21 seconds after that with the tying goal, banging home a one-timer off a 2-on-1 rush with David Krejci.

Pastrnak put Boston ahead on a power-play goal with 3:30 left and finished off his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 1:34 remaining.

Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who snapped a three-game road losing streak. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves (see full recap).

Hoffman, Senators end Lightning run
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mike Hoffman scored two goals and six other Ottawa players had multipoint games as the Senators beat Tampa Bay 7-4 on Tuesday night, ending the Lightning's 10-game streak without a regulation loss.

One night earlier, the struggling Senators halted Florida's eight-game home winning streak.

Tom Pyatt, Erik Karlsson, Ryan Dzingel and Marian Gaborik each had a goal and an assist for the Senators. Magnus Paajarvi also scored, and Mike Condon finished with 42 saves

Tampa Bay, sitting atop the NHL standings with 100 points, hadn't lost in regulation since Feb. 17. But the Lightning's lead over Boston in the Atlantic Division was trimmed to four points after the Bruins rallied past Carolina.

The defeat also spoiled the first career hat trick for J.T. Miller, who has five goals in seven games for Tampa Bay since being acquired from the New York Rangers at the Feb. 26 trade deadline. Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each had three assists (see full recap).

Rinne, surging Predators top Jets
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pekka Rinne made 32 saves and the surging Nashville Predators scored two short-handed goals in beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Tuesday night to tie for the top spot in the NHL standings.

Kevin Fiala, Austin Watson and Viktor Arvidsson had the goals for Nashville, which has won 11 of 12.

The Predators reached 100 points in 69 games, the fastest mark in franchise history. The defending Western Conference champions are even with Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay -- and Nashville has played one fewer game.

Kyle Connor scored for the Jets, losers of three straight. Winnipeg fell eight points behind the first-place Predators in the Central Division.

Nashville scored three goals before the game was nine minutes old. Playing the finale of a six-game road trip, their longest of the season, and their second game in two nights, the Jets came out sluggish against the speedy Predators (see full recap).

The see-saw Metro tilts to Penguins with Capitals idle

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The see-saw Metro tilts to Penguins with Capitals idle

PITTSBURGH -- Jamie Oleksiak scored a goal against his former team to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.

Oleksiak scored his fifth of the season, while Evgeni Malkin got his 39th and added an assist. Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal, his 20th, to help the Penguins win for the fourth in five games.

Malkin, now with 919 points, moved past Pavel Datsyuk for fifth on the NHL's all-time points list among Russian-born players. He also equaled a season-high six-game points streak.

Pittsburgh, which rebounded from a 5-2 loss at Toronto one night earlier, jumped past Washington for first place in a tight Metropolitan Division. The Penguins, who lost six of their previous seven against Dallas, have won 14 of their last 15 overall at home (see full recap).

Gibson makes 50 saves, Islanders beat Flames to end skid
CALGARY, Alberta -- Rookie goalie Christopher Gibson made 50 saves as the New York Islanders beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Sunday to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Anders Lee scored twice, while Johnny Boychuk had a goal and two assists for New York, which was 0-4-4 since winning at Carolina on Feb. 16. Nick Leddy and Jordan Eberle also scored for the Islanders, and Casey Cizikas and John Tavares had two assists each.

Gibson improved his record this season to 1-0-2 and got his second NHL win. He was 1-1-1 for the Islanders in the 2015-16 season.

Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who kicked off a three-game homestand after going 2-0-1 on the road last week. Mark Giordano also scored, while goalie Mike Smith made 22 saves in his return after missing 13 games with a lower-body injury (see full recap).

Kane's late PP goal lifts Blackhawks past Bruins
CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 3:16 left in the third period and had an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Kane scored on a screened shot from just inside the left point to put Chicago ahead 2-1 with Boston's Zdeno Chara off for high-sticking Brandon Saad, getting a double-minor for drawing blood. Brent Seabrook added a goal from the right circle on a screened shot with 1:05 remaining as the Blackhawks ended Boston's six-game winning streak and their own two-game slide.

Chicago's Artem Anisimov scored his 20th goal, reaching that mark for the third straight season since the Blackhawks acquired him from Columbus. Anton Forsberg made 31 saves, and Jonathan Toews had three assists.

Chara scored his seventh goal, tying the game 1-1 midway through the third period. Boston back-up Anton Khudobin stopped 36 shots (see full recap).

Flyers work 'tails off' for nothing but pain

Flyers work 'tails off' for nothing but pain


BOSTON — This loss has to feel like Wayne Simmonds’ mouth.

Painful, frustrating, while still trying to find ways to stop the bleeding.

Flyers killer Brad Marchand scored the game-winning goal Thursday with 22 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Bruins a 3-2 win, sinking the Flyers to their fifth straight loss (see observations). They’re now 0-4-1 during this current stretch after six straight wins.

“It’s disappointing, it’s frustrating,” defenseman Ivan Provorov said. “We played real hard and battled for 60 minutes and came out short. It’s just one of those games you've got to put in the back of your mind and move on.”

Unlike the game against Pittsburgh, the Flyers exerted a more complete 60-minute effort, outshot the opposition, 33-27, and minimized the turnovers that proved to be costly just a night before.

“Our guys worked their tails off today from start to finish,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. “It’s hard when you have nothing to show for it at the end of the night.” 

The final shift may have proven how fatigued the Flyers were playing on back-to-back nights. With their top defensive line and pairing on the ice, the Flyers simply couldn’t contain Marchand and David Pastrnak, who crashed the net without much denial from the Flyers following Zdeno Chara’s shot from the blue line. 

“You’re going to deal with some fatigue on the second night of a back-to-back. We dealt with a little bit of that,” Hakstol said. “We played a pretty simple road game. Sometimes you get stripped down to your core on the back-to-backs. That was the case tonight.”

Making his first start since the Flyers' acquisition of Petr Mrazek, backup goaltender Alex Lyon played for the first time since Feb. 20. Lyon turned in another solid effort by exhibiting excellent rebound control for most of the game until the Chara blast proved to be a little tough to handle (see highlights).

“It took a funny bounce and I think Pastrnak got his stick on it before it got to me. He swiped at it once and swiped at it twice,” Lyon said. “Obviously, you want to find a way to make that save.

“Maybe there were a little bit of nerves at the start, and maybe I had to make myself believe that I belonged here again.”

Lyon wouldn’t recall the game, but Thursday’s setback was reminiscent of a similar loss to the Bruins nearly three years ago to the day when Marchand scored a game-tying power-play goal with 15 seconds in regulation, and then capped the comeback with an overtime winner. While that game zapped the Flyers' postseason aspirations, Hakstol feels the signs are pointing towards something positive.

“We took a big step in the right direction," Hakstol said. "We dug down and played a pretty simple road game. This is our best 60 minutes in the last five games.”

As for Simmonds, the Flyers' power forward took another high stick, this time just 89 seconds into the game, which ruptured the sutures from the previous dental work he had done. 

Right now, everyone could use a dose of novocaine to numb the pain, and especially Simmonds.