NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – The Boston Bruins are not only threatening to run away with the Eastern Conference, they are challenging St. Louis for the NHL’s best regular-season record.
The Bruins rolled to their 10th straight victory Tuesday night, getting goals from Brad Marchand and Jarome Iginla in a 59-second span early in the second period in beating the slumping New Jersey Devils 4-2.
The winning streak ties Anaheim for the NHL’s longest this season and it has moved Boston (99 points) just two behind the idle Blues in the race for the President’s Trophy. St. Louis has a game in hand.
“It’s been good,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the team posted its third 10-game winning streak since he took over as coach in 2007-08.
“Our guys just keep believing and doing the right things,” he added. “That’s given us the opportunity to win.”
The right thing for Boston was its response after Patrik Elias scored for New Jersey with a two-man advantage just 29 seconds into the second period. Not only did it tie the game at 1-1, it happened so fast that the Devils had 1:28 left on the second power play.
Instead of sagging while playing their second game in as many nights, the Bruins responded. Marchand scored his league-leading fifth short-handed goal and the red-hot Iginla pushed the lead to two goals less than a minute late.
“It’s always nice when you are able to get a goal right after they score one, and getting it short-handed is always nice,” Marchand said.
The winning streak is Boston’s longest since a 10-game run in November 2011. It’s also four shy of the franchise record set in 1929-30.
“We’re not thinking about anything,” Marchand said of the record and the run at the President’s Trophy. “We’ve cleared that out of our minds and are trying to take it game by game and day by day. . . .”
Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly also scored for the Bruins. Rangers 8, Senators 4
In Ottawa, Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to become the Rangers’ winningest goalie and New York used a four-goal second period to cruise past the Senators.
Lundqvist, who made 16 of his saves in the second period, has 302 victories — one more than Mike Richter. He is also one shutout shy of 50 for his career.
Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, John Moore and Ryan McDonagh all scored in the second, with the final three coming less than four minutes apart late in the period.
Canadiens 6, Avalanche 3
In Montreal, Thomas Vanek had a hat trick to lift the Habs over Colorado in former Canadiens great Patrick Roy’s first game at the Bell Centre as an NHL head coach.
Brandon Prust, who left the game late in the first period with an injury, returned to score a goal and set up one by Travis Moen for Montreal.
Wild 6, Islanders 0
In Uniondale, New York, Matt Moulson scored twice and had three points in his first game against the Islanders since being traded earlier this season, and Ilya Bryzgalov was solid in making 36 saves as Minnesota made the most of 22 shots.
Penguins 5, Stars 1
In Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby scored his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season and picked up an assist as the Penguins’ top line led the way in a win over Dallas.
Lee Stempniak added his first goal since being acquired from Calgary two weeks ago and finished with two assists while Chris Kunitz had a goal and an assist.
Hurricanes 3, Blue Jackets 1
In Columbus, Anton Khudobin made a career-high 46 saves and Andrei Loktionov and Patrick Dwyer each had a goal and an assist as Carolina topped the Blue Jackets.
Red Wings 3, Maple Leafs 2
In Detroit, Gustav Nyquist had two goals and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves as the Red Wings beat Toronto.
Flyers 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)
In Philadelphia, Claude Giroux scored at 4:55 of overtime to lift the Flyers over Chicago.
Flames 3, Sabres 1
In Calgary, Mike Cammalleri’s 20th goal of the season midway through the third period helped the Flames defeat Buffalo.
Oilers 5, Predators 1
In Edmonton, Jordan Eberle had a pair of goals and an assist as the Oilers routed Nashville.
Panthers 3, Sharks 2
In San Jose, Brandon Pirri scored one goal and set up another in a 17-second span of the second period and Roberto Luongo made 52 saves as Florida snapped the Sharks’ six-game winning streak.
Capitals 3, Ducks 2
In Anaheim, Alex Ovechkin scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period as Washington kept up its playoff push with a victory over the Ducks.