Boston Bruins beat Vancouver Canucks 4-3

LW Peter Cehlarik made his NHL debut for the Bruins when Matt Beleskey was a healthy scratch.. Alexandre Burrows had the other goal.Colin Miller one-timed Jimmy Hayes’ drop pass with a rising shot into the net, pushing Boston ahead 3-2 early in the third.Down 2-1, the Canucks tied it on Borrows’ goal out of a scramble with six-tenths of a second left in the second, his first since Dec. David Pastrnak scored with two minutes left in the third period, and the Boston Bruins won their second straight game under interim coach Bruch Cassidy with a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.Cassidy took over earlier in the week when the Bruins fired Claude Julien, who was in his 10th season and coached the team to a 2011 Stanley Cup win. There was a moment of silence before the game for Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner Mike Illitch, who died Friday at the age of 87.. Boston also won in Cassidy’s debut, 6-3 over San Jose on Thursday. Ryan Miller had 26 for the Canucks.The Canucks had tied it at 3-all on Markus Granlund’s goal with 5:37 left in the third.Pastrnak took a pass along the left wing, slid the puck backward to himself before recollecting it and slipping a wrister past Ryan Miller.Bo Horvat scored for Vancouver, giving him 100 career points. Frank Vatrano had a goal and two assists, and Kevan Miller and Colin Miller each had a goal for the Bruins, who posted their fifth win in seven games.Backup goaltender Anton Khudobin made 29 saves for Boston. It’s the seventh straight game in which Boston scored on a power play.With the fans barely settled into their seats after the Bruins honoured the Super Bowl champion Patriots during an on-ice pregame ceremony, Vancouver moved ahead 1-0 when Horvat scored on a rebound 4:56 into the game.NOTES: Fourteen members of the Patriots were on hand, wearing Bruins jerseys with their names and numbers on the back. He’s the first Canucks player to reach that mark at 21 years old or younger since Petr Nedved did it at 21 in 1993. Bruins D Zdeno Chara was back after missing the last game and three days due to an illness.. Running back James White dropped the ceremonial first puck. The teams meet in Vancouver on March 13.UP NEXTCanucks: At Buffalo on Sunday in the fourth of a six-game road trip.Bruins: Host longtime rival Montreal on Sunday night in the finale of a four-game homestand. 31.With Boston trailing 1-0, Kevan Miller took a cross-ice pass from Ryan Spooner and fired a wrister that beat Ryan Miller.Vatrano one-timed a shot into the net from the bottom of the right circle with 38 seconds left in the opening period to make it 2-1.

Craig Anderson has 33-save shutout in return to Senators lineup

The win is the second straight for the Senators.Mark Stone, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators (29-18-6), who now have six goals in their past two games after being outscored 10-0 in their two games before that.Thomas Greiss made 21 saves for the Islanders (24-19-10) in his eighth start in the past nine games. Kyle Turris sent Smith in alone and he moved the puck from his backhand to his forehand to beat Greiss.A little less than three minutes later Pageau put the Senators up 3-0 when he redirected a pass from Tom Pyatt past Greiss at 7:12.The Islanders had two power plays in the second period and outshot the Senators 14-5 in the middle frame but they were unable to get anything past Anderson. Mike Condon has the other four. Cal Clutterbuck, Stephen Gionta and Scott Mayfield were the scratches for the IslandersSenators goaltender Andrew Hammond celebrated his 29th birthday on Saturday by being placed on waiversThe Islanders are 23-5-3 this season when they score at least three goals in a game. Stone followed up behind the net, collected the puck and banked a shot from behind the goal line off Greiss and in.The score remained 1-0 until 4:35 of the second period when Smith gave the Senators a 2-0 lead. Shot attempts in the period favoured the Islanders 31-10.Notes: Chris Neil, Curtis Lazar and Andrew Hammond were scratches for the Senators. It was just the second regulation loss for the Islanders in their past 12 games.Stone opened the scoring at 4:10 of the first period as he was the benefactor of his own hard work, and a little luck.After stealing the puck from Alan Quine in the Islanders’ zone, Stone fed Erik Karlsson who missed the net with his shot. Craig Anderson made his first start in 69 days and turned aside 33 shots the as the Ottawa Senators blanked the New York Islanders 3-0 on Saturday.Anderson left the club in early December to be with his wife Nicholle, who is battling cancer, and made his return to practice last week.The shutout was the fourth of the season in for Anderson in just 20 and the eighth of the season for the Senators. When they don’t hit the three-goal mark however, they are just 1-14-7…The Senators are off until Tuesday when they host the Buffalo Sabres. The Islanders are home to the Colorado Avalanche Sunday.

Berglund hat-trick lifts Blues to 4-2 win over Canadiens

Louis centre Paul Stastny saw out with a lower-body injury suffered Thursday in Toronto.Montreal right winger Brendan Gallagher, out since Jan. Louis zone, Nathan Beaulieu’s shot went in off Pacioretty at 12:55 for the Canadiens captain’s 28th of the season.Berglund got his second of the game with 25 seconds left in the period on a shot through a screen and added another into an empty net at 18:59 of the third, as Perron left the puck for him to tap in the hat-trick goal.Tomas Plekanec played his 900th NHL game.St. Berglund’s hat-trick gives him six goals in his last five games and 17 on the season. St. It was the first goal Montoya allowed at the Bell Centre this season in four appearances.Weber tied it at 16:39 with a blast from the right point that handcuffed Jake Allen.Perron scored 7:20 into the second frame when he took a drop pass from Jori Lehtera and shot between Montoya’s pads.After a long stretch of play in the St. Carey Price is expected to start that game.A moment of silence was held before the game for former Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, who died this week. Louis has won five of its last six games overall. Shea Weber and Max Pacioretty scored for the slumping Canadiens (31-18-8), who are 1-4-1 in their last six.The Canadiens controlled most of the play and outshot St. Louis Blues downed the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 to extend their winning run on the road to four games on Saturday night.David Perron also scored for the Blues (29-22-5), who end a stretch of five straight away games Wednesday in Detroit. Patrik Berglund scored three goals as the St. Louis 30-22 but lacked finish around the net.The Blues went ahead 3:49 into the game when Jeff Petry lost his stick and Alex Pietrangelo had an open shot that Berglund got a piece of as it went past Al Montoya, who lost balance and fell in his crease just before the shot was taken. 7 with a broken hand, is scheduled to return for a game Sunday night in Boston.

Tampa Bay Lightning hand Winnipeg Jets fourth straight loss

18. He now has 24 points in 43 games, eclipsing the point total he had in 81 games last season.Hedman’s empty-net goal at 19:24 was his eighth goal of the season.Winnipeg finishes off a four-game homestand Tuesday against Dallas. Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Victor Hedman each had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 Saturday.Dan Boyle also scored for the Lightning (25-24-7), who extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1).Ben Bishop made 32 saves in picking up his 14th win of the season for Tampa Bay. The team announced that he suffered a lower-body injury.Palat stretched the lead to 3-0 when he went in alone on Hellebuyck and fired a high shot over the netminder’s blocker at 2:11 of the second.The goal marked the 15th straight game that Winnipeg has allowed at least three goals in a game.The Jets had a power play early in the second, but couldn’t produce many chances and were booed by some of the fans at MTS Centre.Trouba scored with a high shot on Bishop’s glove side. Hedman’s goal was an empty netter with 36 seconds remaining.Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26-of-29 shots for Winnipeg (25-29-4), which lost its fourth straight game.It was also the Jets’ fifth straight loss at home, something the NHL club hasn’t done since a five-game winless skid in March 2014.Tampa Bay held a 2-0 lead after the first period and made it 3-0 two minutes into the second.Forward Jonathan Drouin did the work for the Lightning’s first goal with a highlight-reel assist.After stealing the puck from Jets captain Blake Wheeler in Winnipeg’s end, Drouin looked like he was going to skate around the back of the net with the puck, but he quickly sent a backhand pass to Point at the side of the net for the rookie’s seventh goal of the season at 12:05.Boyle made it 2-0 five minutes later when he tipped in Hedman’s long slapshot.The Lightning outshot the Jets 14-8 in the opening period.Veteran Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom was injured in the first period and didn’t return. The Lightning go on their season break until Feb. Defenceman Jacob Trouba scored his fifth goal of the season to nix a shutout at 11:15 of the third period.

Eichel has three assists as Sabres beat Maple Leafs 3-1

Evander Kane scored a pair of goals and Jack Eichel had a career-high three assists as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Maple Leafs 3-1 on Saturday night to hand Toronto its sixth loss in the last eight games.The Leafs went on a tear from mid-December until late January, capturing 24 of a possible 32 points over a 16-game span, but have since stumbled. Toronto actually outshot Buffalo 13-10, but it was the visitors who drew the bulk of quality chances.Prior to the game Leafs coach Mike Babcock described the Sabres as “real good and dangerous,” also noting the tightly packed nature of the Eastern Conference standings and his club’s place in it.“There’s hardly anything between you,” Babcock said. Babcock briefly mixed up his line combinations, notably teaming Matthews with Marner, the NHL’s rookie scoring leader coming into the night.It was Marner who finally got the Leafs on the board with four minutes left in the middle frame on a Toronto power play. Louis on Thursday, one that saw them start slowly – outshot 17-4 after the first period. The Sabres upped their lead to three a little while after that, Eichel setting up Kane’s 18th of the year and second of the night from behind the Toronto goal.Starting slowly this season, Kane has been among the league leaders in goals since early December. Eichel’s third assist of the night pushed his point total to 29 in 34 games this season.The Leafs continued to give up quality chances early in the second before mounting some pushback. The Leafs finally got their first one more than nine minutes into the game.Often they were just outworked in their own zone and careless with the puck, the Sabres winning the lion’s share of battles and races. It was his 12th goal of the year.Buffalo had their first two goals before Toronto had even landed a shot on Lehner. The 19-year-old rushed along the right side of the Sabres zone, circled the net and then fired an attempt that pinged off the right skate of Ristolainen before caroming once more off Lehner’s stick and into the goal.The goal, Marner’s 15th this year, got the crowd at Air Canada Centre going and seemed to inspire some life in the Leafs. Robin Lehner was terrific with 43 saves in victory.The Leafs were coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to St. Eichel beat fellow American centre Auston Matthews for the faceoff before Reinhart shuffled the loose puck over to Kane, who beat Andersen clean.Eichel’s partial break on the next shift drew a hooking foul from Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner and another goal ultimately for the Sabres, this one on the power play from Reinhart. “There’s a fine line here and we’ve just got to keep treading water on the right side of that line.”In between the goal parade for the Sabres was a rare fight for James van Riemsdyk and Rasmus Ristolainen – the third each for both – as well as a Marcus Foligno hit on Nikita Zaitsev which sent the Toronto defender into his own bench.It was van Riemsdyk’s 500th career game in the NHL.Nazem Kadri had maybe the Leafs best opportunity of the first, his backhand attempt denied by Lehner. Toronto is holding onto the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, currently with 61 points in 53 games (25-18-11). They nearly scored again shortly after as Matthews’ rebound attempt just trickled through the crease as the goal light improperly fired.Toronto continued to push in the third, pelting Lehner with 16 shots while out-shooting Buffalo 42-23 overall. Mitch Marner scored in defeat and Frederik Andersen yielded three goals on 23 shots while being denied his 100th career win.Sam Reinhart also found the back of the net for Buffalo, now up to 56 points (23-22-10). Saturday offered more of the same as the Sabres pounced all over their rivals early.Buffalo hit a crossbar less than two minutes in and then scored a few minutes after that, the first of two on the night for Kane on a quick play off an offensive zone draw for the Sabres. A Morgan Rielly point shot was snared in the opening minutes and Tyler Bozak was denied a short while after that.William Nylander fired a shot off the rush with just over seven minutes to go, Kadri colliding with Lehner as he rushed in for the rebound. The play was reviewed, but it was ultimately determined that the puck did not cross the line.Tempers flared late in regulation Matthews and Ristolainen trading feisty blows around the Buffalo net.The Leafs had won first two meetings between the teams this season with two more dates still ahead, the next one coming March 25 in Buffalo.

Jill Saulnier makes case for Olympics appearance at CWHL all-star game

Jill Saulnier is hoping her hat-trick performance in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League all-star game on Saturday will put her on Hockey Canada’s radar for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Saulnier and Jess Jones had three goals each, helping Team White to a 9-5 victory over Team Blue at the third CWHL all-star game at Air Canada Centre. “She stood on her head, she was amazing for them that first period and a half.”With Team White leading 4-2 after 40 minutes, the two teams combined for seven third-period goals.After Kohnanchuk made it a one-goal game at 1:31 of the third. Saulnier completed her hat trick scoring into an empty net with 1:08 remaining.The floodgates opened in the final five minutes of the second.Terry finally got Team Blue on the board putting home the rebound off Rattray’s shot at 15:42 of the second.Saulnier responded for Team White tapping in Poulin feed for her second of the afternoon at 18:21.Jenner cut Team White’s lead in half for a second time in the period, capitalizing on a turnover in front of the net and beating Labonte with a backhander with 40 seconds remaining in the second.Team White scored three unanswered goals to lead 3-0 after 20 minutes.Jones opened the scoring for Team White re-directing a Carlee Campbell shot past Maschmeyer at 5:22 of the first.Jones netted her second of the game at 12:03 of the opening period picking up a pass from Johnston, cutting across the crease and beating Maschmeyer to give Team White an early 2-0 lead.Team White took a 3-0 lead at 14:05 of the first as Saulnier beat Maschmeyer with a shot from the side of the net. Christina Kessler stopped all 18 shots she faced in the first period and a half before Charline Labonte took over midway through the second period.“I think (Kessler) knows all my moves from practice,” joked Team Blue captain Natalie Spooner, a teammate of Kessler’s on the Toronto Furies. Jamie Lee Rattray had two assists in the loss.Emerance Maschmeyer started for Team Blue and made 14 saves before being relieved by Erica Howe. Irwin pulled Team Blue to within two before Jones poked home a rebound in a scrum at 9:04 of the third to complete the hat trick.Kohanchuk’s second of the period got Team Blue to within two, but Gieves put the game out of reach giving Team White an 8-5 lead with 2:40 to play. Johnston and Poulin each had three assists.Poulin, who scored the winner in both the 2010 and 2014 Olympic gold-medal games, has seen growth in Saulnier’s game since the two played together on the under-18 team.“She’s got more confidence, she’s got more poise with the puck and you can see that,” Poulin said. Johnston and Poulin responded for Team White making it a 6-3 game. “Obviously everything counts towards getting better and working towards that final goal.”Rebecca Johnston, Marie-Philip Poulin and Meghan Grieves had the others for Team White. “The thought of making that team is always in our mind, for sure, especially in events like this when you’re playing with all your best friends who you’re also competing with for that team,” said Saulnier. “She gets better as the years go so I’m excited for her.”Jenelle Kohanchuk scored twice for Team Blue while Kelly Terry, Brianne Jenner, and Haley Irwin also found the back of the net.

Canada’s Erik Guay takes silver at men’s downhill world championship

He credited the inflatable safety vest he wore for avoiding more serious injuries but it took some work to get back into racing shape.“I look at where I came from with the massive crash in Garmisch, and then being able to come here, getting healthy beforehand, having some good training and then finally being able to walk home with two medals, it’s a really special week, especially knowing where I came from last week,” said Guay, who says he has no lingering affects from the injury.Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Invermere, B.C., was 31st, 1.93 seconds off Feuz’s winning time.Feuz joined Swiss teammate Wendy Holdener, winner of the women’s combined event on Friday, as home gold medallists from the first five races.American Lindsey Vonn took bronze two hours earlier in the women’s downhill race, won by Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia.Stuhec was faster than any of the men Sunday, clocking 125.6 km/h on the adjoining course. “The Olympics, for ski racers, doesn’t mean that much. The organizers (at a World Cup event) know how to prepare and run a downhill properly.“A lot of times we show up at these Olympics and it’s supposed to be the greatest event on Earth but in reality it’s a little bit of a Mickey Mouse show.”Switzerland’s Beat Feuz finished 0.12 seconds faster than Guay, who would have matched American Bode Miller’s 12-year-old feat of winning both speed races at the world championships. Max Franz of Austria was third, 0.37 behind Feuz, who took downhill bronze two years ago.Though Feuz’s top speed of 119 km/h was slower than many rivals, he was best at keeping speed through the twisting turns midway down a shortened course.“I think where I could have possibly won the race was this one section that I gave a little bit off of it,” said Guay. We get to go once every four years, we don’t run on the track beforehand. “I knew the expectations of the Swiss people. “Everybody’s talking about the Olympics but, honestly, I couldn’t care less about them,” said Guay in a phone interview with The Canadian Press from St. Valerie Grenier, also from Mont-Tremblant, was 32nd in the women’s race, finishing in 1:35.86.Without their steep start, the men’s race peaked at 122.5 km/h clocked by Austria’s Hannes Reichelt, who placed 17th.“I would have loved to start from Free Fall because it’s a little bit faster then,” said Feuz, whose run turned out to be fast enough regardless.— With files from The Associated Press “But it was part of the plan to bring more speed on the bottom flats.”Feuz knew that it was going to be difficult not just against the more experienced Guay, but performing in front of his home nation, including Swiss tennis star Roger Federer.“I felt the pressure,” said Feuz, favoured to repeat his win in the World Cup finals downhill last March, through a translator. Canada’s Erik Guay is happy right where he is — on a World Cup podium.Guay earned his second medal of the week on Sunday, winning silver in the men’s downhill at the world skiing championships four days after winning the super G title. Although most skiing fans are looking toward the Winter Olympics next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Guay’s focus is squarely on the World Cup circuit. It was important not to go crazy with all that.”A lower start was used because the steep “Free Fall” section — the signature feature of the Corviglia course — was shrouded in clouds.The marquee men’s race shaped as open when the Olympic champion, world champion, season-long World Cup champion, and the past six World Cup race winners were all different racers.Less than two weeks ago, Guay badly bruised his buttock flying out of control off a jump in Garmisch, Germany. Moritz, Switzerland.