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Bruins top Habs again, point streak 16

Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with teammates Torey Krug (47) and Jake DeBrusk (74) after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) Canadiens coach Claude Julien's first few run-ins with his old team haven't gone well.

David Pastrnak scored twice and set up another goal to help the Boston Bruins beat Montreal 4-1 on Saturday night, their third win in eight days against their former coach.

These were the first three meetings between the Canadiens and Bruins since Boston fired Julien last February. Montreal scooped up the former boss of their longtime rival, but it didn't give him enough in his first showdowns against former players. Boston won last Saturday in a shootout in Montreal, then beat the Canadiens 4-1 at home Wednesday.


Avalanche beat Rangers, extend run to 9

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche have gone from pushover to powerhouse in less than a season, and their recent streak is evoking memories of past glory.

Nathan MacKinnon, Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist each, Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves and the streaking Avalanche beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday for their ninth straight win.


Preds down Panthers for fifth win in row

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators are starting to see why they signed Nick Bonino as a free agent.

Bonino had his first multi-point game since joining the team this season, and the Predators beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday night for their fifth straight victory.


Jets win in SO, end Flames' 7-game run

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) A skillful display in the shootout and a critical coach's challenge by Paul Maurice helped Winnipeg pick up two important points on Saturday.

Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler scored in the tiebreaker, and the Jets beat Calgary 2-1 to snap the Flames' seven-game winning streak.


Pulock's 5 points help Isles rout 'Hawks

CHICAGO (AP) The New York Islanders played like a desperate team looking to move up the standings in one of the NHL's most competitive divisions.

Facing a similar situation, the Chicago Blackhawks turned in one of their worst games of the season.


Red-hot Dell stops 31, Sharks edge Pens

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The way Aaron Dell has played this season means the San Jose Sharks have no drop-off at all when starting goalie Martin Jones is out.

Dell made 31 saves and earned his eighth win in his past nine starts when Tomas Hertl scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal early in the third period that lifted San Jose to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.


Parise scores 1st, Wild beat Lightning

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) All of a sudden, Tampa Bay is no longer playing like the best team in hockey.

Zach Parise scored his first goal of the season and the Minnesota Wild beat the slumping Lightning 5-2 on Saturday night.


Leafs score 3 in 3rd to rally past Sens

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Patrick Marleau simply opened his mouth, and that was enough to spark Toronto's comeback.

Connor Carrick snapped a tie midway through the third period and the Maple Leafs scored three times in the final frame to rally past the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Saturday night.


Coyotes snap 12-game skid to Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) Christian Dvorak had no idea the two goals he scored Saturday night helped the Arizona Coyotes end a long run of futility against the St. Louis Blues.

"Wow, we lost 12 in a row to them?" Dvorak said. "That makes this even better."


Lindholm's 2 goals lift 'Canes by Wings

DETROIT (AP) Elias Lindholm made the most of his chance to fill in for Sebastian Aho on Carolina's top line.

Lindholm's second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and the Hurricanes went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Saturday night.

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