Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, while Matt Beleskey added his career-best 12th goal in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and Sami Vatanen also scored for the Ducks, who reclaimed the Western Conference lead.
The Ducks fell out of first place in the overall NHL standings last weekend with their first back-to-back regulation losses of the season.
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Brad Marchand and Simon Gagne scored for the Bruins, who have lost three of four.
Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots as Boston opened a tough four-game Pacific Division road swing without injured veterans David Krejci and captain Zdeno Chara, who did not make the trip.
In New York, Brett Connolly’s second goal of the game during a third-period power play lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to their third straight with a 6-3 victory over the Rangers.
With Martin St Louis off for slashing, Connolly scored past goalie Henrik Lundqvist at 5 minutes, 34 seconds for his fourth of the season.
Tyler Johnson gave the Lightning a two-goal lead 1:24 later with his second of the night, before Ondrej Palat added an empty-netter with 26.4 seconds left to give Tampa Bay their fourth consecutive victory.
Matt Carle added a goal for the Lightning, who outscored the Rangers 15-7 in the three games — including 11 goals at Madison Square Garden.
Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast and St Louis scored for the Rangers, who had won four of five. Lundqvist struggled and made only 15 saves.
Arizona’s Tobias Rieder scored two short-handed goals in 58 seconds on the same penalty kill as the Coyotes downed the Oilers 5-2 to hand Edmonton their 10th consecutive loss.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Mikkel Boedker and Martin Erat also scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the second time in seven games.
They extended their point streak against Edmonton to a franchise-record 16 games.
Jordan Eberle and Jeff Petry each had a goal for the Oilers, who have not won at home since October.
The Montreal Canadiens edged the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 after Max Pacioretty scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period.
P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov each had a goal and an assist, while Jiri Sekac also scored for Montreal, who ended a three-game losing streak.
Carey Price made 26 saves for the Canadiens.
Ryan O’Reilly, Daniel Briere and Tyson Barrie scored goals for the Avalanche.
Boone Jenner scored at 10:05 of the third period to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Florida Panthers 2-1, ending a six-game losing streak.
Panthers rookie Aaron Ekblad, the top overall draft pick, scored his third goal of the season for Florida.
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