Tuukka Rask made 43 saves — including a stop on a first-period penalty shot — as the Boston Bruins spoiled the return of New York forward Rick Nash in a 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday.
Rask, playing on back-to-back days for the first time this season, denied Chris Kreider’s penalty shot and turned away everything else except for Derick Brassard’s power-play goal in the second.
Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille, with his 10th career short-handed goal, provided all the offense Rask needed in the second period as the Bruins (14-6-1) finished a 2-1 road trip. Boston passed Tampa Bay atop the Atlantic Division standings and moved into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in the Avalanche’s 5-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Gabriel Landeskog and John Mitchell also scored during the Avalanche’s three-goal first period. P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod added goals in the second and third for Colorado, who snapped a three-game skid.
Brandon Saad scored for the Blackhawks, who failed to get at least two goals for the first time this season.
Anze Kopitar and Matt Frattin each had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles and Ben Scrivens extended his unlikely winning streak to 19 as the Kings downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2.
Justin Williams had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have earned a point in seven consecutive games. Dustin Brown and Dwight King also scored for Los Angeles.
Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec made 27 saves to earn his first shutout as the Predators beat Detroit 2-0 to extend the Red Wings’ losing streak to seven games.
Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque scored for the Predators, who have won two after losing four in a row.
The Philadelphia Flyers downed the Ottawa Senators 5-2 after Kimmo Timonen had a goal and two assists and Steve Mason made 32 saves.
Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds and Adam Hall also scored for the Flyers.
Clarke MacArthur and Kyle Turris both had a power-play goal for the Senators.
In other games, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-2, the St Louis Blues beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1, the Toronto Maple Leafs were 5-2 winners over the New York Islanders, the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-0 and the Florida Panthers overcame the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in overtime.