The Edmonton Oilers know how to win at the Boston Garden at playoff time. Regular-season games are another matter.
The Oilers are 4-for-4 at the Garden in the spring, when the Stanley Cup is on the line, including three straight wins last May when they won their fifth NHL title in seven years.But during the regular season, nothing seems to help - not even an early 4-1 lead. Boston rookie Ken Hodge completed his first NHL hat trick by scoring with eight seconds left in overtime to give the Bruins a 6-5 victory Tuesday night.
The victory gave the Bruins a 15-2-2 record against the Oilers in regular-season games at the Boston Garden. Overall, the Bruins won for the ninth time in 11 games and tied Chicago for the lead in the overall NHL standings with 72 points.
Kings 3, Flyers 2
Philadelphia shut down Wayne Gretzky, holding The Great One without a point for only the fifth time this season. But they couldn't stop Luc Robitaille, who scored the tie-breaking goal at 7:53 of the third period to give the Kings their fifth win in six games.
The win moved the Kings six points ahead of second-place Calgary in the Smythe Division. The Flyers have lost two straight home games and three of their last four overall.
Devils 2, Flames 1
Claude Lemieux and Brendan Shanahan staked the Devils to a two-goal lead and Chris Terreri made it stand up with 37 saves as New Jersey ended Calgary's three-game winning streak.
Lemieux scored in the first period and Shanahan in the second before Calgary's Al MacInnis got a power-play goal early in the third period, ending Terreri's shutout bid.
Capitals 5, Canucks 3
Dino Ciccarelli's 400th career goal triggered a third-period comeback from a 3-1 deficit as Washington extended the Canucks' winless streak to seven games.
Ciccarelli, Al Iafrate and Dale Hunter scored in an 8:27 span as Washington handed Canucks coach Pat Quinn his second loss without a victory since taking over for Bob McCammon on Jan. 31. Mike Ridley added an empty-net goal with 13 seconds left as Washington scored more than two goals in a period for the first time since Dec. 7.