Patrice Bergeron scored two goals as the Bruins beat defending champions the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Thursday in the first meeting between the teams in Boston since the deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals.
Bergeron scored his first goal at 11 minutes, 50 seconds of the first period, and the Bruins broke the game open with goals by Carl Soderberg and Bergeron in a 13-second span early in the third.
Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots in posting his NHL-leading seventh shutout.
Chicago, fourth in the Western Conference, remained one point short of clinching a playoff berth for the sixth straight season.
The Eastern Conference-leading Bruins rebounded from a 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday that ended Boston’s 12-game winning streak.
In Pittsburgh, Drew Doughty scored early in the third period to give Los Angeles the lead for good as the Kings beat the Penguins 3-2 for their franchise-record-equaling eighth straight road win.
Alec Martinez and Jeff Carter also scored for Los Angeles, and Martin Jones made 35 saves as the Kings matched the club road record set from Dec. 18, 1974, to Jan. 16, 1975.
Montreal’s Max Pacioretty broke a third-period tie and Tomas Plekanec scored twice as Montreal beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4.
Tomas Vanek added a goal and two assists, while David Desharnais had a goal and an assist for Montreal. P.K. Subban had two assists and Carey Price made 26 saves.
Tomas Tatar scored two goals for Detroit, Riley Sheahan had a goal and an assist, and Johan Franzen also scored. Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots.
The St Louis Blues downed the Minnesota Wild 5-1 after T.J. Oshie scored three goals for his first NHL hat-trick, and Ryan Miller made 27 saves.
St Louis has won three in a row overall and nine straight against the Wild. The Blues lead the NHL with 107 points.
Jaden Schwartz and Brenden Morrow also scored for St Louis. Zach Parise scored for the Wild.
Thomas Greiss stopped all three New Jersey shootout attempts and Mikkel Boedker scored on Phoenix’s first shot as the Coyotes improved their playoff chances in the Western Conference with a 3-2 win over the Devils.
The Coyotes, who hold the second wild-card spot, earned five of six possible points during their three-game road trip and opened a five-point lead over Dallas.
In other games, the Carolina Hurricanes blanked the Florida Panthers 3-0, the Tampa Bay Lighting edged the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime, the Nashville Predators trounced the Buffalo Sabres 6-1, Colorado earned a 3-2 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks and the Winnipeg Jets beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3.