BOSTON AP — Milan Lucic scored two goals and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves to lift the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday.
Boston extended the Islanders’ futility to 1-15-3 in their past 19 games.
New York, which has lost 11 straight road games, hasn’t won since beating New Jersey at home on Nov. 26.
“I am taking advantage of my opportunities right now, and it’s also nice to have a little luck,” Lucic said. “It’s a credit to my linemates. They are finding me when I am open.”
Rask won for only the second time this season (2-6-1). Boston is 4-0-1 in its last five.
Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal with 5:20 remaining in the second period.
Michael Ryder scored one of two power-play goals for Boston at 14:16 of the third period for a 3-1 lead before Rob Schremp narrowed the Bruins’ lead to 3-2 with 3:33 remaining.
Lucic and Patrice Bergeron added empty-net goals in the final 1:03 to cap off the scoring.
Frans Nielsen got the Islanders even at 1-1 in the second period with a short-handed, penalty-shot goal.
Panthers 3, Capitals 0
In Washington, Tomas Vokoun stopped 36 shots in his third shutout of the season, and Florida ended a six-game losing streak against the Capitals with a victory.
Michael Frolik, Steve Bernier and Mike Santorelli scored for the Panthers, who have won a season-high three straight. Florida went 0-6 against Washington last season.
Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 1
In Toronto, Danny Briere scored twice and Philadelphia cruised over the hosts after building a three-goal lead.
Briere scored the Flyers’ final two goals to give him a team-leading 16 this season. Ville Leino and Chris Pronger put Philly ahead 2-0 in the first period. Brian Boucher made 31 saves.
Rangers 5, Senators 3
In Ottawa, Michael Sauer scored his first NHL goal on a power play with 5:19 left to break a tie, and New York beat the Senators.
The defenseman took a cross-ice pass from Brandon Prust and drove a slap shot past goalie Brian Elliott to give the Rangers their first lead. Erik Christensen drew the Rangers even for the third time earlier in the period.
Sabres 6, Sharks 3
In Buffalo, Paul Gaustad had two goals and an assist, Thomas Vanek scored twice, and Ryan Miller made 26 saves to help lead the hosts over San Jose.
Cody McCormick had a goal and two assists, and Jason Pominville also scored for Buffalo, which has won four of six. The Sabres are 14-1 at home against the Sharks.
Rookie center Logan Couture had a goal and assist, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Douglas Murray also scored for San Jose.
Wild 3, Coyotes 2
In Glendale, Ariz., Andrew Brunette scored his second goal on a rare power-play conversion and Minnesota ended a five-game losing streak with a victory over Phoenix.
Blues 4, Blue Jackets 1
In St. Louis, Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves, and the Blues broke out of a deep power-play slump with a season-high three man-advantage goals against Columbus.
The Blues, who entered the game in an 0-for-22 drought, dating to Nov. 20, got advantage goals from Alex Steen, Jay McClement and Vladimir Sobotka.
Kings 2, Flames 1
In Los Angeles, Kyle Clifford scored his first NHL goal, Jonathan Quick made 26 saves, and the Kings hung on late for a victory over Calgary.
Anze Kopitar scored a power-play goal for L.A., which has won three straight after losing seven of eight in a skid that sent it cascading down from the top of the Western Conference standings.