Dave Christian scored his 15th goal of the season and added two assists Saturday night and goaltender Andy Moog recorded 31 saves, leading the Boston Bruins to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota North Stars.
Boston is 5-1-1 in its last seven games and holds a 37-6-7 edge on the North Stars at Boston Garden.Minnesota goaltender Brian Hayward was replaced by Jon Casey at 6:15 of the second period after allowing four goals on 12 Boston shots. The North Stars have lost five of their last six games.
Boston, leading 1-0 after one period, pushed its lead to 2-0 on a fluke goal by Christian just 29 seconds into the second period. After Christian shot the puck into the Minnesota zone, he intercepted Hayward's weak clearing pass and fired it into an open net for his 15th goal of the season.
Cam Neely's 19th goal of the season, a power-play strike at 2:10 of the second period, gave the Bruins a 3-0 edge. Neely, who has eight goals in his last seven games, poked in a rebound of Vladimir Ruzicka's backhander at 2:10.
After defenseman Garry Galley scored on a rebound of Bob Sweeney's shot at 6:15 of the second period, Hayward was replaced by Casey.
Boston's Randy Burridge scored his 11th goal of the season just 1:18 later, knocking in a short backhander off a scramble in front of the Minnesota net. Ruzicka scored a power-play goal for the Bruins at 14:12 of the third period.
Minnesota spoiled Moog's shutout with goals by Mike Modano at 14:35 of the third and Brian Bellows at 17:43.
The Bruins went ahead 1-0 at 11:11 of the first period when Jeff Lazaro redirected Bob Sweeney's long wrist shot at the left post.
Penguins 4, Islanders 3
At Uniondale, N.Y., Bob Errey's tie-breaking goal at 9:06 of the third period gave Pittsburgh a victory over the New York Islanders, extending the Penguins' winning streak to six games.
Paul Coffey had an assist on the Penguins' first goal in the second period and became only the second NHL defenseman to score 1,000 points in his career. Long-time Islanders star Denis Potvin holds the NHL record with 1,052. Coffey also only needs three goals for 300 in his career.
Errey's slap shot from the top of the left circle beat goalie Glenn Healy to the far corner, breaking a 3-3 tie and lifting the Penguins into sole possession of fourth place in the Patrick Division, six points behind the first-place New York Rangers.
The loss ended the Islanders' five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2).
Two seconds remained in the opening period when Patrick Flatley gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead. Randy Wood's close-in shot was stopped by Barrasso but Pat LaFontaine, on a six-game point-scoring streak, kicked the rebound back to Flatley, whose 30-foot wrist shot beat Barrasso to the left corner.
Pittsburgh defenseman Zarley Zalapski accidentally made it 2-0 Islanders at 2:27 of the second period when he inadvertently kicked Dean Chynoweth's shot from the right point past a startled Barrasso and into the net. The goal was Chynoweth's first in the NHL.
Coffey's milestone came when he assisted on Kevin Stevens' 21st goal, a power-play tally at 6:00. Coffey, on the left point, sent a pass along the boards to John Cullen, who found Stevens alone in the slot. Stevens' 15-footer whizzed past Healy's right arm.
Phil Bourque tied the game at 8:32, tipping Cullen's backhander just inside the left post. Zalapski put Pittsburgh ahead with his eighth goal of the season at 17:42, beating Healy with a 45-foot slap shot from the left wing.
Wood tied the game at 6:19 of the third, taking Gary Nylund's breakout pass at the blue line, and with two Penguins draped all over him, flipping the puck over Barrasso's glove for his 12th goal of the season.
Whalers 1, Flyers 0
At Hartford, Conn., Rookie Daryl Reaugh made 26 saves and newly-acquired Rob Brown scored a third-period power play goal as the Hartford Whalers beat the Philadelphia Flyer.
The shutout was Reaugh's first and only the Whalers' second home win in their last nine games (2-6-1). Philadelphia is now 2-7-2 in its last 11 games.
Brown, acquired from Pittsburgh on Friday in an effort to add offense to the Whalers, picked up the loose puck to the left of the crease and flipped it past Ken Wregget at 5:26.
Ulf Samuelsson's slap shot had hit the post seconds earlier. Ron Francis got the rebound and took a shot from the left circle. The puck landed to the left of the crease, and Pat Verbeek and Brown pounced on it.
The goal was the seventh of the season for Brown, who hadn't played for Pittsburgh the past two weeks.
Reaugh, making his third start in four games, faced his toughest challenge in the third period in the first minute. He made a skate save on Dave Fenyves' slap shot from the left point and stopped the rebound by Keith Acton.
But Reaugh was at his best in the second period, blocking 14 shots. He made four saves during the Flyers' first power play of the period, including a glove save on Gord Murphy's wrist shot at 2:16. The Flyers also hit the post twice during the power play.
Reaugh also made a stick save on a Murphy slap shot that was tipped by Keith Acton at 10:28 and a kick save on Fenyves' slap shot from deep in the slot.
Wregget had 21 saves for the Flyers. After playing the puck in the corner, Wregget made a diving stop on Kevin Dineen's shot from the left circle at 5:05 of the second period. He also stopped Brown's short backhander on a rebound after stopping Francis' wrist shot from behind the right circle at 13:46.
Maple Leafs 5, Capitals 2
At Landover, Md., Rob Ramage's power-play goal with 8:06 remaining snapped a tie as the improving Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Washington Capitals.
The Maple Leafs, mired in a 1-for-22 power-play slump, scored three times with the man advantage against the NHL's top penalty-killing team. Ramage's tie-breaker came on a straightaway slap shot from just inside the blue line. Dave Ellett and Dave Reid added insurance goals.
Toronto is 4-0-1 in its last five road games while the Capitals are winless in their last five games (0-4-1).