The Boston Bruins got two goals from Anson Carter and two fluke goals off Colorado players as they beat another strong team with a 4-1 victory Monday night over the Avalanche in Boston.
Since the Olympic break, the Bruins are 6-0-2 against winning teams and 4-4 against sub-0.500 clubs.Boston goalie Byron Dafoe stopped 19 shots as he won his fifth straight decision - allowing just five goals in that stretch. But he didn't have to face Peter Forsberg, the NHL's second-leading scorer, who missed his third consecutive game with a groin injury.
Carter had his first two-goal game of the season, scoring at 1:47 and 16:38 of the first period to give Boston a 2-0 lead.
LIGHTNING 3, RANGERS 1: Zac Bierk stopped 23 shots for his first NHL victory, and Mikael Andersson scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Tampa Bay.
Mikael Renberg assisted on all three Lightning goals.
Alexei Kovalev put the Rangers ahead 1-0 just 1:44 into the game. The goal was his 20th of the season and extended his point-scoring streak to six games. But it was all Tampa Bay thereafter.
New York's Tim Sweeney fractured his collarbone late in the first period and will be out for the rest of the season. Before the game, the Rangers announced Pat LaFontaine would be out for the rest of the season because of a concussion.
KINGS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2: At Toronto, Russ Court-nall's short-handed goal with 1:39 remaining put an end to Toronto's comeback plans and dampened the Maple Leafs' playoff hopes.
Courtnall's goal made it 3-1 and came after Maple Leafs defenseman Sylvain Cote failed to keep the puck in the Los Angeles zone. The speedy Courtnall picked up the puck, burst into the clear and beat goalie Felix Potvin high to the glove side.
BLUES 6, SHARKS 2: At St. Louis, Terry Yake had a goal and an assist during a four-goal second period, and Brett Hull picked up three assists to help St. Louis beat San Jose.
OILERS 3, FLAMES 1: At Edmonton, Alberta, Todd Marchant scored two goals as Edmonton moved into a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference.