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Boston Bruins start to win at home


Blue Jackets' Todd Marchant hits Canadian goalie Mathieu Garon during first period action in Montreal on Tuesday.


Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist and Mike Knuble added two assists in the Boston Bruins' 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

The win was the second straight at home for the Bruins, who didn't win once in their first four home games.

"The key is to get the first goal, get off to a fast start," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Boston had three power-play goals Tuesday, while the Oilers failed to score in man-advantage opportunities.

"Ten of the 14 games we've played, we let the other team score first," Thornton said. "The key for this team is not letting that happen, not playing from behind."

Patrice Bergeron, Martin LaPointe and Sandy McCarthy scored for Boston while Jarret Stoll, Raffi Torres and Shawn Horcroff scored for the Oilers.

Boston goalie Andrew Raycroft stopped 31 shots, and the Oilers went 0-for-5 on the power play.

Flyers 2, Islanders 1

In Philadelphia, Jeremy Roenick had a goal and assist, and Mark Recchi scored the go-ahead goal to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to their fourth straight win, beating the New York Islanders.

Jeff Hackett stopped 23 shots, and center Michal Handzus made a brilliant save to help Philadelphia win for the fifth time in six games and remain unbeaten at home (5-2-0). Vancouver (7-1-0) is the only other NHL team without a home loss.

Panthers 4, Lightning 0

In Sunrise, Florida, Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season, helping interim Florida Panthers coach Rick Dudley win his first game with a victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Niklas Hagman, Andreas Lilja, Jaroslav Bednar and Valeri Bure scored for the Panthers, who snapped a seven-game winless streak against Tampa Bay.

The Lightning have scored only once in their last two games.

Blue Jackets 1, Canadiens 1

In Montreal, Rick Nash scored a power-play goal in the second period for Columbus and the Blue Jackets skated to a tie with the Montreal Canadiens.

Nash, held without a point in his three previous games, scored his team-leading ninth goal with 6:54 left in the second.

Michael Ryder gave Montreal a 1-0 lead earlier in the second period with his second goal of the season. The Canadiens have just two wins in their last nine games (2-1-6).

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