BOSTON — Jordan Caron and Milan Lucic scored, and Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots on Thursday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Carey Price made 28 saves for Montreal, which lost to Boston for the third straight time and fell to 3-8 since Randy Cunneyworth took over as coach.
Yannick Weber scored for the Canadiens.
Montreal won the first two matchups against the defending Stanley Cup champions, winning home-and-home games at the end of October. But since then the Bruins have won 25 of 30 games.
The game lacked the usual intensity of a matchup between the Original Six rivals — to the point where the crowd decided to entertain itself in the third period with derogatory chants about Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos quarterback who will face the New England Patriots on Saturday.
But just a few minutes later, P.K. Subban elbowed David Krejci near the benches and Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference quickly came over to intervene. Ference was given four minutes and Subban two, resulting in Montreal’s second power play of the game.
Twenty-nine seconds in, Weber put a screen shot from the right point past Thomas to make it 2-1. That was the first goal in 113 minutes for Montreal, which was shut out 3-0 by the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
The Bruins took the lead on a fluke goal just 83 seconds in, when Johnny Boychuk sent the puck around the boards and it took an odd bounce. Carey had gone behind the goal to play the puck, but it rolled right in front of the crease and Caron, who was recalled from Providence earlier in the day, put it into the empty net.
That’s the way it stayed until 3:43 into the third, when Krejci dug the puck out of the boards and sent it behind the net to Nathan Horton. He passed it to Lucic in the slot, with a deflection of Tomas Plekanec’s skate that forced the Bruins forward to switch to his backhand before quickly swiping it past Price into the net.
That extended Krejci’s point streak to a career high-tying 10 games — the longest point streak in the NHL this season.
Notes: Bruins D Zdeno Chara and F Tyler Seguin will join Thomas and the team’s coaching staff at the Jan. 29 All-Star game in Ottawa. … Caron, a first-round pick in 2009, has skated in 14 games for the Bruins and 12 for the Providence Bruins of the AHL this season. … Canadiens C Petteri Nokelainen returned to the lineup after missing two straight games. … Montreal was again without captain Brian Gionta who left Tuesday’s game against St. Louis in the third period and underwent bicep surgery on Wednesday. … Bruins F Marc Savard will purchase a luxury suite for each remaining home game for pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Boston, with a focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma. Savard was expected to attend the game, but his flight was canceled due to the weather.
Flyers 3, Islanders 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders for the 26th time in 28 games, 3-2 on Thursday night.
Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers (26-12-4), who moved within two points of the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers. Kyle Okposo and John Tavares scored for the Islanders.
The Flyers (26-12-4) have won 12 of 13 on Long Island during their dominant run against the Islanders. New York (15-20-6) had won three straight at home, including a 5-1 victory over Detroit on Tuesday.
Bobrovsky stopped Michael Grabner on a penalty shot 2:49 in and made a spectacular glove save on the Islanders right wing late in the second. The 23-year-old Russian has tormented the Islanders since joining the Flyers before last season. Bobrovsky (10-3-1) is 7-0 against New York.
Senators 3, Rangers 0
NEW YORK — Craig Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice, and the Ottawa Senators beat the surging New York Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.
Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators, who have won five straight at Madison Square Garden and seven of eight there (7-0-1).
New York (27-10-4), which entered with the most points in the NHL, had won five straight and 10 of 11.
Anderson’s seventh career shutout, and first since a 44-save effort against Washington on March 25, came nearly two years after Ottawa’s winning streak began in New York with a 2-0 victory on Jan. 14, 2010.
Anderson had a busy night, especially in the first period when the Rangers recorded 11 of the first 14 shots and took 12 straight. His best saves came on the same sequence 5½ minutes in when he made a toe stop on Derek Stepan’s shot and then sprawled across the crease to get his left pad on Marc Staal’s backhand attempt on the rebound.
Anderson also made a point-blank stop on Brad Richards about seven minutes into the third, and another about a minute later on Stepan.
Ottawa became one of the last teams to register a shutout this season, posting its fourth blanking in 37 games at New York. The Blackhawks and Islanders are the only remaining teams without a shutout this season.
Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves for the Rangers, who had their fourth winning streak of at least five games stopped.
Spezza got the Senators going with a nifty wrist shot from the right circle. Spezza skated into the Rangerszone, after defenseman Chris Phillips beat Brian Boyle to a loose puck in the Ottawa end, and beat Lundqvist on a partial screen 8:54 into the second.
Michalek pushed the lead to 2-0 and sent many fans heading to the exits when he scored his 23rd goal. Michalek beat Lundqvist to the glove side with a wrist shot from the low slot with 6:02 remaining. Less than two minutes later, Spezza scored off a rebound during a power play to make it 3-0 with 4:27 left.
The Rangers were blanked for the first time since a 1-0 loss to Dallas on Dec. 13. They also were handed their fourth regulation loss at home in 19 games (13-4-2).
NOTES: New York C Brandon Dubinsky missed the game because of a sore right shoulder, and LW Wojtek Wolski took his place in the lineup. Dubinsky was injured Tuesday during a shootout win against Phoenix when he was hit by Coyotes forward Taylor Pyatt in the first period. “He’s sore,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “I just want to get him healthy so it doesn’t turn into a bigger thing.” Wolski played for the first time since Nov. 3. He had been a healthy scratch the previous two games after missing 27 games because of a hernia. … Ottawa All-Star D Erik Karlsson returned after sitting out Tuesday’s game in Pittsburgh because of an upper body injury. He earned assists on the final two goals.