WASHINGTON (A.P.) – Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal, Jeremy Swayman made 31 saves to win his second NHL start, and the Boston Bruins beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Thursday night.
Jeremy Lauzon, Anton Blidh, and Craig Smith also scored for Boston, winning back-to-back starts by its rookie fourth-string goaltender fresh out of college in his first professional season. Swayman allowed two power-play goals in under 20 seconds to Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie but kept the Bruins ahead when the Capitals tilted the ice toward him in the second period. Despite Ovechkin’s 5-on-3 power-play goal that gave him 20 this season and 726 for his career and Oshie’s team-leading eighth on the power play, the Capitals couldn’t tie it, and Smith scored on the power play with 3:05 left in the game.
Washington has lost two in a row and four of its past six.
ISLANDERS 3, FLYERS 2, SO
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (A.P.) – Brock Nelson scored in regulation and had the only goal in a five-round shootout to lift New York past Philadelphia.
Jordan Eberle also scored, and Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves as the Islanders won their fourth straight. New York improved to 17-1-2 at Nassau Coliseum, the only league with one regulation loss on home ice.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia.
PENGUINS 5, RANGERS 2
NEW YORK (A.P.) – Kris Letang and Evan Rodrigues scored in the second period, and Pittsburgh beat New York.
Radim Zohorna and Jason Zucker each added a goal and an assist, Mark Jankowski also scored, and Letang and Rodrigues also each had an assist. Tristan Jarry stopped 22 shots from helping Pittsburgh snap a two-game skid.
The Penguins beat the Rangers for the sixth time in eight games this season.
Colin Blackwell and Kevin Rooney scored for the Rangers.
JETS 4, CANADIENS 2
MONTREAL (A.P.) – Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves, and Winnipeg beat Montreal to open a five-game trip.
Josh Morrissey, Trevor Lewis, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Andrew Copp scored for the Jets. They improved to 24-13-3, with only two regulation losses in their last nine games.
Phillip Danault and Paul Byron scored for the Canadiens, and Jake Allen made 23 saves.
The teams will complete the two-game set in Montreal on Saturday night.