BOSTON — Brad Marchand scored twice and Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of the season, leading the Boston Bruins to a 3-0 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night in the Kings’ first game under interim coach John Stevens.
Rask, the backup for Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy-winner Tim Thomas, made 41 saves to extend his shutout streak to 95 minutes, 10 seconds. Rich Peverley also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who won for the 16th time in 19 games.
Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for the Kings, who lost their fifth consecutive game.
The Bruins were without defenseman Zdeno Chara, who injured his left knee in Saturday’s game in Columbus.
The Kings fired Terry Murray on Monday and replaced him with his assistant in an attempt to awaken the underachieving team from its early-season slumber.
Los Angeles, which had not reached the playoffs in eight years, made consecutive postseason appearances under Murray, who compiled the best winning percentage (.560) of any coach in franchise history. But he was fired when a four-game losing streak dropped the Kings to 13-12-4.
Despite adding Mike Richards and Simon Gagne in the offseason, the Kings have not scored more than two goals in a game in nine tries since Thanksgiving — an NHL-worst 2.24 goals per game — while falling to 11th in the Western Conference standings.
But things weren’t much better on Tuesday under Stevens.
Peverley made it 1-0 in the first, then the Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the second when Patrice Bergeron won a faceoff and slid it back to Marchand for the wrist shot. In the third, the Bruins again scored after a faceoff — this one not as clean, but clean enough for Marchand to collect the puck and skate in front before beating Quick with 14:25 to play.
NOTES: Rask had never faced Los Angeles. … The Bruins were also without F Gregory Campbell (foot). … Daniel Paille, who sustained a concussion on Thursday, returned after missing just one game. … The Kings began a four-game road trip. … Since coming to Boston in 2006, Chara has missed only 13 games, and the Bruins are 5-5-3 in those games.
Canadiens 5, Islanders 3
MONTREAL — Petteri Nokelainen scored with 6:15 remaining as the Montreal Canadiens recovered after giving up a two-goal lead in the third period, beating the New York Islanders 5-3 Tuesday night.
Nokelainen drove a slap shot past Al Montoya from the right point for the tiebreaking goal moments after Montreal squandered a 3-1 advantage. Hal Gill added an empty-netter in the final minute for his first goal of the season.
Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead in the first period. Erik Cole extended the margin to two goals 31 seconds into the third when he scored on a power play.
Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who won for just the fifth time in 13 home games to end a four-game skid at the Bell Centre (0-1-3).
Matt Moulson scored in the first period for the Islanders and they tied it in the third on goals by Josh Bailey and John Tavares.
Bailey drew the Islanders to 3-2 when he beat Carey Price with a back hand at 5:18. Tavares pushed home a loose puck in the crease with about 8 1/2 minutes left for his 10th goal.
Moulson gave New York a 1-0 lead with his team-leading 15th goal 7:50 into the game. Al Montoya stopped 24 shots for New York, which has lost three straight (0-2-1).
Newly-acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle got his third point in two games with Montreal with an assist on Kostitsyn’s goal, which tied the score 1-1 at 9:15 of the first.
Darche put the Canadiens ahead at 13:28 when he beat Montoya with a long slap shot from above the right faceoff circle.
Cole made it 3-1 when he blasted David Desharnais’ pass between the Islanders goalie’s pads from the goalmouth.
Former Islanders defenseman Chris Campoli returned to the Canadiens’ lineup for the first time since Montreal’s first game of the season.
Montreal’s Travis Moen left the game after he was struck on the foot by a shot in the first. He did not return.
Red Wings 4, Penguins 1
PITTSBURGH — Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Johan Franzen added his team-leading 14th goal for Detroit and Danny Cleary provided some insurance with a pair of late goals as the Red Wings won their third straight.
Evgeni Malkin scored his 11th goal of the season for Pittsburgh, but the Penguins went 0 for 4 on the power play and couldn’t connect on their few quality chances.
The Penguins played without captain Sidney Crosby, who missed his third straight game and 23rd overall this season following a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms. Pittsburgh is 1-2-0 during Crosby’s current absence, with both losses to members of the league’s elite.
Philadelphia handled the Penguins in a 3-2 win last Thursday and the Red Wings survived a couple early scares to win in Pittsburgh for the first time in three seasons.
The teams have turned into heated rivals while splitting a pair of thrilling Stanley Cup finals in 2008 and 2009. Each views the other as a measuring stick of sorts, even without Crosby on the ice.
The 2007 MVP isn’t the only Pittsburgh player dealing with concussion-like symptoms. Defensemen Kris Letang, Zbynek Michalek and Robert Bortuzzo are also out while dealing with similar issues.
The Red Wings publicly lamented the chance to face Pittsburgh at full strength, but then again they had enough problems trying to rein in Malkin, who beat the clock at the end of the first period to give the Penguins the lead.
Brooks Orpik blocked a Detroit shot then fed the puck to James Neal, who quickly banged a pass off the board to create a 2-on-1 for Malkin and Chris Kunitz. Malkin sped down the wing and beat Howard to the stick side with just 4 seconds left in the first.
Malkin nearly made it 2-0 Pittsburgh early in the second, drilling the post on the power play, with the puck stopping right on the goal line before getting knocked out of danger.
The momentum wouldn’t last. Datsyuk evened things with just under 4 minutes to go in the second, beating Marc-Andre Fleury with ease for his ninth goal of the season.
Malkin hit the post again early in the third period, and the Red Wings took advantage of the good fortune. Datsyuk stole a clearing attempt with Detroit on the power play and fed Franzen, who rifled the puck past Fleury to give Detroit its first lead.
Cleary pushed the lead to 3-1 with just over 4 minutes to go before adding an empty-netter.
Howard was stellar when he needed to be in winning his league-leading 18th game. Fleury stopped 21 shots while failing to win the 200th game of his career.
Pittsburgh fell to 12-8-3 when Crosby doesn’t play. He missed the first 20 games of the season before electrifying the franchise upon his return on Nov. 21, scoring two goals in his season debut.
Yet he hasn’t played since a 3-1 loss to Boston last week and said Monday he’s out indefinitely.
The Penguins clearly need him against the league’s better teams. The Flyers dictated play last week and Pittsburgh couldn’t respond after the Red Wings got going in the third period.