Patrick Kane scored in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup finals.
Jonathan Toews beat Tuukka Rask on the stick side to give the Blackhawks the lead in the tiebreaker, but Brad Marchand’s quick wrist shot got by Corey Crawford, leveling it for the Bruins.
Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year as playoff most valuable player, then skated toward the net, slowed up for a second and sent a shot past Rask on the stick side to give Chicago the win. The Blackhawks had lost their past seven games that had gone past regulation.
Marian Hossa and Brandon Bollig scored in regulation for Chicago, which beat Boston in six games to win the title in June last year.
Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio scored his first two career goals as Tampa Bay moved into a share for first place in the Atlantic Division with a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists, and he and Barberio scored 1 minute, 23 seconds apart during the Lightning’s three-goal first period that also included a goal from Nikita Kucherov.
Teddy Purcell also scored for the Lightning, pulling even with Boston atop the division with 62 points.
Ben Bishop made a career-high 48 saves for Tampa Bay. He shut out the Hurricanes in his only other two appearances in Raleigh, including a 3-0 victory on Nov. 1 last year.
Alexander Semin, Eric Staal and Ron Hainsey each scored after Carolina fell behind 4-0.
At New York, Rick Nash scored two of the Rangers’ three goals in the first period, in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
The Rangers’ offense broke out for the second straight day, following a 1-0 win over Detroit on Thursday last week, and recorded four goals for the third time in five games. Henrik Lundqvist was sharp again in making 24 saves to win for the fifth time in six outings.
Derek Stepan also scored in the first to chase goalie Philipp Grubauer. Ryan Callahan added a short-handed goal in the second.
Alex Ovechkin netted the only goal for Washington.