Mon, Feb 02, 2009 - Page 19 News List

NHL: Bruins edge over Rangers to retake the league lead


The Vancouver Canucks’ Willie Mitchell, right, punches the Minnesota Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck during the first period of their game in Vancouver on Saturday.


The Boston Bruins moved back to the top of the overall NHL standings by edging the New York Rangers 1-0 on Saturday.

Goalie Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for his first NHL shutout in his first game since 2007 as Boston leapfrogged San Jose for the league’s best record.


In Vancouver, Marc-Andre Bergeron scored his second goal on a power play two minutes into overtime, giving Minnesota a tight victory over Vancouver.

Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler scored his second goal on a power play with 15 seconds left in regulation and the goalie pulled, forcing overtime. But Bergeron one-timed a shot that deflected off a Canucks player and into the net.

The Canucks have lost eight straight to plummet to 11th place in the Western Conference.


In San Jose, California, Chicago notched its first victory over San Jose in nearly six years.

Jonathan Toews scored twice and ended Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov’s franchise record shutout streak at 170 minutes and 58 seconds.

It was only the second home loss for San Jose in 27 games.


In Washington, defending champs Detroit slumped to their fifth straight defeat.

Alex Ovechkin broke a tie in the third period when he appeared to have overskated a feed along the left wing, but reached behind, put the puck through his legs and used a defenseman as a shield before pushing in a low shot with seven minutes remaining. He then scored on a power play for his NHL-leading 33rd goal less than two minutes later.

In other games, it was:

• Sabres 2, Coyotes 0

• Canadiens 4, Kings 3

• Stars 7, Blue Jackets 3

• Blues 4, Flyers 0

• Ducks 4, Avalanche 3

• Maple Leafs 5, Penguins 4

• Hurricanes 2, Thrashers 0

• Islanders 3, Panthers 1

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