Ben Smith assisted on the Blackhawks’ first goal and scored their second to lead Chicago to their eighth consecutive victory, 3-2 over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
The Blackhawks lost captain and No. 2 scorer Jonathan Toews in the second period when Dennis Seidenberg hit him from behind and sent him face-first into the boards.
Scott Darling made 32 saves for the Blackhawks, who have won 11 of 12 and lost just twice in the past month.
Tuukka Rask stopped 18 shots for Boston. The Bruins have lost four of five and six out of eight. Reilly Smith and Torey Klug scored for Boston.
The Bruins were boosted by the return of captain Zdeno Chara, who missed seven weeks with a torn ligament in his left knee.
Klas Dahlbeck and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, while Marcus Kruger had a pair of assists as the Blackhawks opened a 3-0 lead midway through the second period.
FLYERS 4, DEVILS 1
In Philadelphia, Matt Read and Sean Couturier each had a goal and an assist to lead Philadelphia over New Jersey.
Wayne Simmonds added a power-play goal for the Flyers, while Jakub Voracek scored an empty-netter late in the third period to seal the win.
Martin Havlat scored for the Devils.
The Flyers opened a four-game homestand with a needed win after dropping four of five on the road. Three of the four losses were by one goal.
The Devils have lost two straight.
With Steve Mason 0-5 against the Devils, Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers. Emery was 0-4 with a 4.12 GAA in his last four starts, but he was hardly tested against the Devils and earned his fifth win.
SABRES 4, FLAMES 3
In Buffalo, New York, Matt Moulson scored twice and Jhonas Enroth stopped 42 shots as Buffalo beat Calgary.
Zemgus Girgensons and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Sabres, while Tyler Ennis had three assists. Moulson’s second of the game, on a pass from Ennis with 7 minutes, 29 seconds to go, broke the 3-all tie and gave the Sabres their second straight win.
Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan and David Jones scored for Calgary, who outshot Buffalo 45-19.
The Sabres have won four straight at home and are 4-4 against the Pacific Division.
BLUE JACKETS 3, CAPITALS 2, OT
In Washington, Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal at 4:41 of overtime, while Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves as Columbus topped Washington for their fifth straight victory.
With Jason Chimera in the penalty box for interference, Foligno put a slap-shot from the right circle past goalie Braden Holtby to give the Blue Jackets their only lead of the game.
It was Foligno’s second goal of the game and team-high 13th of the season. Kevin Connauton also scored for Columbus.
Washington finished with a 41-23 advantage in shots, but Bobrovsky was the equalizer.
Eric Fehr and Troy Brouwer had goals for the Capitals, whose three-game winning streak ended.
LIGHTNING 2, HURRICANES 1
In Tampa, Florida, Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals in the third period to lift Tampa Bay over Carolina. Kucherov scored the winner when his pass went off Carolina defenseman Ron Hainsey and into the net with 30.3 seconds to play.
Lightning backup Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves in his 353rd NHL victory, two away from tying Rogie Vachon for 17th place on the league’s career list.
Justin Faulk scored for the Hurricanes, who have scored four goals during a four-game losing streak.
Cam Ward stopped 25 shots.
In other NHL action, it was:
‧ Kings 5, Senators 3
‧ Blues 6, Islanders 3
‧ Predators 5, Coyotes 1
‧ Avalanche 4, Jets 3, SO
‧ Sharks 2, Wild 1
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