BOSTON – Glen Murray scored a power-play goal 2:06 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to their season-high, fourth straight victory, a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

Zdeno Chara and P.J. Axelsson scored for the Bruins, who have won four in a row for the first time since March 2004.

Jakub Klepis and Alexander Ovechkin had goals for the Capitals, who have lost a season-high three straight.

Murray gathered a loose puck along the left boards, cut to the slot area, and unloaded a rising wrist shot over goaltender Brent Johnson’s right shoulder.

Canadiens 3, Thrashers 1

MONTREAL – Cristobal Huet made 37 saves and Michael Ryder and Alexander Perezhogin each ended lengthy goal-scoring droughts, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

On a night when Montreal honored one of its greatest defensemen, Serge Savard, Huet frustrated a potent Atlanta lineup featuring three of the NHL’s seven top scorers – Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk and Vyacheslav Kozlov – to record his third straight win.

Hurricanes 5, Stars 4

RALEIGH, N.C. – Eric Staal scored three goals and Justin Williams snapped a tie with 6:32 remaining to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Williams added two assists, and Rod Brind’Amour set up a goal to extend his point streak to eight games.

Ray Whitney also had a goal for the Hurricanes, who squandered a two-goal lead but scored the winning goal in the final minutes for the second straight home game.

Penguins 3, Rangers 1

PITTSBURGH – Mark Recchi scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins shut down Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers in a 3-1 victory Saturday night.

Recchi’s goals, which doubled his season total, were scored in the third period. Pittsburgh also got a goal from Jordan Staal and 23 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury. The Penguins’ sound defensive play limited New York to 11 shots through the first two periods.

Pittsburgh was 1-4-2 in its previous seven games but beat New York for the second time this season. The other was a 6-5 road victory on Oct. 12.

Islanders 4, Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. – Mike Dunham made 43 saves, and Arron Asham broke a second-period tie, lifting the New York Islanders to a 4-1 victory against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Miroslav Satan, Jason Blake and Alexei Yashin also scored for New York, 3-0-1 on its five-game road trip.

Ville Peltonen had the only goal for the Panthers, and Ed Belfour made 29 saves.

Blake’s goal at 16:23 of the third period gave the Islanders a 3-1 lead.

Yashin took the puck away from Olli Jokinen along the boards and passed from the right circle to Blake, who slid the puck by Belfour from in front. Blake leads the Islanders with 10 goals.

Devils 2, Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO – Martin Brodeur made 32 saves, and Jaime Langenbrunner scored in his fourth straight game to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Patrick Elias also scored for the Devils, who have won six of seven.

Toronto’s Darcy Tucker spoiled Brodeur’s shutout bid with 3:37 left in the third with a long slap shot.

Brodeur is one shutout away from tying Glenn Hall for third place on the NHL career list.

He was solid throughout – particularly in the third period when he stopped 16 shots.

The Devils improved to 4-5 on the road this season, compared to 8-1-1 at home.

Kings 5, Coyotes 3

LOS ANGELES – Alexander Frolov recorded his third straight two-goal game and Craig Conroy netted the go-ahead score with 11 minutes left, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.

The Kings, who gave up three goals in a 3:10 minute span late in the third period of a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday, surrendered three goals on seven shots by the Coyotes to blow a 3-0 lead.

Georges Laraque and Yanic Perreault scored 42 seconds apart, narrowing the gap to 3-2 with 18:37 left in the second period, and Oleg Saprykin’s fluke goal tied it with 13 minutes remaining.

Laraque passed the puck into the slot, where it took a weird bounce toward the net off Saprykin’s stick and fluttered over goalie Dan Cloutier’s left shoulder and caromed in off the post.


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