RALEIGH, N.C. – David Krejci scored in the third round of the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins past the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Phil Kessel also scored in the shootout and Tim Thomas stopped the Hurricanes cold for Boston, which blew a late 2-0 lead by allowing two goals in the final 63 seconds. Krejci’s shootout clincher came when he beat Cam Ward with a wrist shot to his glove side.

Marc Savard had a goal and an assist and Zdeno Chara scored for Boston, which scored twice on the power play against the league’s worst penalty kill and denied Carolina the first sweep of the Bruins in franchise history.

Ray Whitney and Erik Cole both scored in the final 63 seconds of regulation. Whitney beat Thomas with a snap shot from the left side with 1:03 left and Cole followed with a wrist shot to tie it with 42.9 seconds remaining.

Ward made 36 saves – and gloved a hard blast from a wide-open Andrew Ference as overtime expired – for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes. Thomas stopped 45 shots for Boston.

In its last home game against Florida, Carolina rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit and claimed a come-from-behind victory over the Panthers. Three nights later, the Hurricanes attempted to do it again against a Bruins team that entered having lost five of seven overall and had dropped its last four in the series.

Thomas was particularly dominant against Carolina’s injury-depleted lineup in flirting with the sixth shutout of his career, before Whitney got the Hurricanes’ offense going in the final moments.

Savard gave Boston a 2-0 lead late in the second period when, 22 seconds after Scott Walker was called for slashing, he took a pass from Dennis Wideman at the top of the right circle and blasted a slap shot past Ward’s glove.

Penguins 3, Panthers 2

PITTSBURGH – Ryan Malone scored twice in the final 3:20 as the Pittsburgh Penguins erased a two-goal deficit in the third period for a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Colby Armstrong also scored and Evgeni Malkin had two assists to take over the NHL’s scoring lead for the Penguins, who tied idle New Jersey for the Atlantic Division lead.

Canadiens 6, Rangers 5

MONTREAL – Michael Ryder scored three times and the Montreal Canadiens staged the biggest comeback in their storied history, rallying from five goals down and beating the New York Rangers 6-5 in a shootout Tuesday night.

Saku Koivu beat Henrik Lundqvist with a forehand deke on Montreal’s second shootout attempt and Cristobal Huet stopped Brendan Shanahan, Chris Drury and Jaromir Jagr to the delight of the sold-out Bell Centre crowd of 21,273.

Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 1

TORONTO – Vesa Toskala made 26 saves while starting for the 17th time in 18 games as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Carlo Colaiacovo, Nik Antropov and Chad Kilger scored for Toronto, which beat a team on the edge of the playoff picture for a second straight game.

Nikolai Zherdev had the only goal for the Blue Jackets.

Colaiacovo opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 5:41 of the first period. The defenseman beat screened Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire with a low point shot.

Canucks 3, Wild 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Daniel Sedin’s overtime goal lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Sedin took a drop pass from his brother Henrik, and snapped a wrist shot past Minnesota goaltender Nicklas Backstrom, giving the Canucks a key extra point in the Northwest Division race.

Division-leading Minnesota still holds a five-point advantage on the Canucks.

Senators 3, Flyers 2

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators knew what was at stake, and they stepped up against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Antoine Vermette had a goal in regulation and another in the shootout Tuesday night as the Senators defeated the struggling Flyers 3-2.

Jason Spezza scored the shootout winner, while Chris Kelly had the other regulation goal for the Senators, who ended a three-game winless streak.

Predators 5, Oilers 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Scott Nichol and J.P. Dumont each scored a goal and added a pair of assists as the Nashville Predators edged the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Dumont scored the winner at 18:05 of the third period when he skated around the net and backhanded a shot past Mathieu Garon. Alexander Radulov, Jordin Tootoo and Jason Arnott also scored for the Predators, who have won four of their last six.


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