Bruins extend winning streak

Tuukka Rask stops 33 shots as the Boston Bruins cruise to a 4-1 win over the struggling Minnesota Wild in the NHL.

    Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith scored for Boston as they increased their Eastern Conference lead [AFP]
    Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith scored for Boston as they increased their Eastern Conference lead [AFP]

    The Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to nine games with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild with Jarome Iginla scoring two goals.

    Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots as the Bruins increased their conference lead to five points over second-place Pittsburgh by posting their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in November 2011.

    Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith also scored for Boston, who beat the Wild at home for the first time after losing the first six meetings.

    At St. Louis, David Backes scored twice and Ryan Miller made 16 saves in another win as the Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1.

    Western Conference-leading St. Louis has an NHL-best 101 points with Brendan Morrow scoring, and Jay Bouwmeester with two assists in the Blues' win.

    Lightning beat Canucks

    Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat both had a goal and an assist to lead the Lightning past the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.

    Valtteri Filppula and Tom Pyatt also scored for the Lightning, who moved into a share of second place with Montrealin the Atlantic Division with one game in hand.

    Elsewhere, the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 after Keith Yandle scored the tying goal midway through the third period and Jeff Halpern netted the winner with 3:05 left.

    Rob Klinkhammer and Mikkel Boedker scored 63 seconds apart in the first period for the Coyotes, who handed the Kings their third straight loss and took over sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference.

    SOURCE: AP


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