Rask blanks Senators


Reilly Smith is opening a lot of eyes and scoring a lot of goals.

Smith scored two goals, and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season to lift the Boston Bruins to a 5-0 rout of the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

“He’s a very talented player and he gets in front of the net. It’s paying off for him right now,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand said.

When the Bruins traded Tyler Seguin in the offseason, they received Loui Eriksson, Smith, and two other prospects. Eriksson was the marquee player in the deal, but Smith has yielded the real return thus far. Eriksson has missed time because of two concussions.

Blackhawks 7, Avalanche 2

In Chicago, Patrick Sharp scored three goals for his third career hat trick and set up one of Jonathan Toews’ two scores.

Capitals 3, Rangers 2

In Washington, Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, and Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:09 left.

Penguins 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)

In Raleigh, North Carolina, James Neal scored at 1:03 of overtime for Pittsburgh.

Blue Jackets 2, Devils 1 (SO)

In Newark, New Jersey, Cam Atkinson scored the lone goal in the shootout to lead Columbus.

Jets 6, Wild 4

In Winnipeg, Blake Wheeler scored two goals in the Jets’ victory over Minnesota.

Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 (SO)

In Toronto, Jonathan Bernier stopped all three Buffalo shooters in the shootout.

Sharks 4, Coyotes 3 (SO)

In Glendale, Arizona, Patrick Marleau scored in regulation and in the shootout.

Stars 4, Predators 1

In Dallas, Erik Cole scored two goals in the second period when Dallas snapped a tie.

Oilers 2, Flames 0

In Calgary, Ryan Smyth scored both goals and Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves to lead Edmonton.