MONTREAL - Final Score: Boston 1, Montreal 0
And just like that, the Boston Bruins are tied for first place. Tim Thomas made 32 saves for his second straight shutout and the Bruins won their ninth straight game for the first time in almost three years, beating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Monday night. Thomas has three shutouts during Boston's streak, including one Saturday night against the New York Islanders. Andrew Ference scored late in the first period of this one for the only goal. Carey Price made 17 saves, including all 13 he faced in the last two periods, but the Canadiens couldn't solve Thomas, who pushed his personal scoreless streak to 133 minutes, 4 seconds dating to the third period of a 4-3 win over New Jersey on November 15. Ference's goal, on a snap shot from the left circle with 4:19 remaining in the first period, was all the offense Boston needed to remain perfect in November after a 3-7-0 October. The defending Stanley Cup champions have outscored opponents 43-14 during their streak and pulled into a tie for first place in the Northeast Division with Buffalo and Toronto. It's Boston's first nine-game winning streak since they captured 10 in a row from December 12, 2008 through January 1, 2009.
Final Score: Carolina 4, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA - Alexei Ponikarovsky had two goals and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, at Wells Fargo Center. Chad LaRose scored a goal and added two assists while Jeff Skinner also lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight on the heels of a three-game slide. Cam Ward stopped 30 shots in the win. James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist while Matt Read scored a goal for the fifth straight game for the Flyers, who have dropped their past two. Ilya Bryzgalov was tagged for all four goals on 31 shots.
Final Score: Washington 4, Phoenix 3
Washington, DC - Nicklas Backstrom broke a tie early in the third period and set up Brooks Laich for the game-winner, as the Washington Capitals held on to beat the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, at Verizon Center. John Carlson and rookie Cody Eakin scored second-period goals for Washington, which avoided a fifth straight loss. Tomas Vokoun made 20 saves in the win, the 200th for head coach Bruce Boudreau. Lauri Korpikoski had two goals for the Coyotes, who finished a five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 record. Jason LaBarbera stopped 27 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Florida 4, New Jersey 3
Sunrise, FL - Tomas Fleischmann's goal with 2:03 to play capped a Florida comeback as the Panthers took a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. Stephen Weiss had a goal and two assists and Kris Versteeg scored twice for the Panthers, who have won their past two games. Jose Theodore stopped 22 shots in the win. Dainius Zubrus, Petr Sykora and Ilya Kovalchuk each had a goal for the Devils, who had won six of eight coming in. Martin Brodeur was touched for all four goals on 36 shots.