NHL roundup: Boston captures 11th straight win

2014-03-21T16:38:08Z 2014-03-21T21:48:04Z NHL roundup: Boston captures 11th straight winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 21, 2014 4:38 pm  • 

DENVER — Patrice Bergeron and Carl Soderberg each had a goal, Chad Johnson stopped 31 shots for his third career shutout, and Boston beat Colorado 2-0 on Friday night for its 11th win in a row.

The Bruins became the first team to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

It is the longest run for the Bruins since a 13-game winning streak in the 1970-71 season. They pushed their point total to 101, the 21st time the team has reached the 100-point threshold.

Colorado pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov for an extra attacker with five minutes remaining but couldn’t avert its first shoutout of the season. The Avalanche had scored at least once in 80 straight games since their previous shutout last April 6 at Phoenix.

Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 1: In Columbus, Ohio, Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals, and Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to lead New York over Columbus.

It was the first game back in Columbus for Rangers star Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets’ franchise leader in goals, assists and games. He was given a standing ovation during a video tribute, but was booed loudly after a shove up high on Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Blackhawks 3, Hurricanes 2: In Chicago, Jonathan Toews’ short-handed breakaway goal early in the third period snapped a tie, and Chicago beat Carolina.

Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading 30th goal and Kris Versteeg to help the Blackhawks win without leading scorer Patrick Kane, who was placed on long-term injured reserve after sustaining a lower-body injury on Wednesday.

Predators 6, Flames 5: In Calgary, Alberta, Shea Weber scored twice, including the go-ahead goal late in the third period, and Nashville escaped with a one-goal win over Calgary.

Tied 4-4 and with the Predators on the power play, Weber took a perfect pass from Matt Cullen and blasted a high slap shot past the Flames’ Joey MacDonald.

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