NHL roundup: Bruins rout Panthers 8-0
|Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (centre) reacts after scoring a hat-trick during the third period against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden on Dec. 23, 2011. (Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE)
BOSTON - Final Score: Boston 8, Florida 0
Brad Marchand notched his first career hat trick as part of a five-point night, leading the juggernaut Boston Bruins to an 8-0 rout of the Florida Panthers. Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for his second shutout of the year and 10th of his career. It's his second consecutive blanking as the Bruins beat the Kings, 3-0, on December 13. Patrice Bergeron chipped in with a goal and a pair of assists for the Bruins, who are 20-2-1 over their last 23 contests. They've taken the lead in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of Philadelphia. The Bruins seemed like they had something to prove after a 2-0 home shutout loss to the Panthers on December 8. They've won six in a row since that defeat. Jose Theodore gave up four goals on 14 shots before being lifted after one period. Scott Clemmensen made 17 saves while playing the final two periods for the Panthers, losers of three in a row.
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Philadelphia 2
New York, NY - Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 28 shots as the New York Rangers downed the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, at Madison Square Garden. Marian Gaborik, Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan and Ruslan Fedotenko all scored for the Rangers, who have won four straight. Michael Del Zotto and Stu Bickel each had two assists. Andrej Meszaros and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal for the Flyers, who have dropped their past three games in Madison Square Garden. Ilya Bryzgalov was tagged for all four goals on 24 shots in the loss. The game was a preview of the 2012 Winter Classic, which will pit these two teams against each other out in the cold on January 2 at Citizens Bank Park, home of baseball's Philadelphia Phillies.
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Washington 3 (SO)
Newark, NJ - Sliding to the ice and snapping his glove shut, Martin Brodeur made up for a poor third period. Brodeur stopped two skaters in a shootout, including a nifty glove save on Alex Ovechkin, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Friday night. The Devils gave up a 3-0 third period lead while Brodeur found himself fooled by some deft Washington passing. But his save on the crafty Ovechkin was a beauty, and Patrik Elias scored at the other end to cap a 2-0 New Jersey decision in the shootout. Ilya Kovalchuk also scored in the shootout after netting a goal in regulation for the Devils, who have won five of their last six. Alexander Urbom and Adam Henrique added goals and Brodeur finished with 22 saves to earn the win. Jason Chimera had the last two goals for Washington, including the equalizer with 1:42 remaining. Brooks Laich also scored while Michal Neuvirth had 25 saves for the Capitals, who have dropped three of five.
Final Score: Dallas 6, Nashville 3
Dallas, TX - Michael Ryder had a goal and two assists as the Dallas Stars scored three goals in the first period and held off a couple pushes by the Nashville Predators to take a 6-3 victory at American Airlines Center. Steve Ott, Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro each tallied a goal and an assist, while Richard Bachman stopped 34 shots for the Stars, winners of five of their last seven. Matt Halischuk, Martin Erat and David Legwand notched goals for Nashville, which lost for the second time in three games Pekka Rinne started in net for the Predators but was pulled near the midpoint of the first period after allowing three goals on seven shots. Anders Lindback replaced him in net and stopped 19-of-21 shots.
Final Score: San Jose 2, LA 1
San Jose, CA - Ryane Clowe scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the San Jose Sharks over the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, at HP Pavilion. Clowe started down the right side of the ice and faked a shot before cutting across to the left and lifting a wrister into the top-left corner past Jonathan Quick for the game winner. Mike Richards had a chance to keep the shootout going, but his backhanded attempt was stuffed by Antti Niemi. Logan Couture scored San Jose's lone goal in regulation while Niemi made 28 saves in the Sharks' fourth straight win. Richards notched a power play goal for the Kings, who had won three of their last four games entering Friday's action. Quick stopped 34-of-35 shots.