Boston 7, Montreal 0: Zdeno Chara, hated in Montreal since the hit that sent Max Pacioretty to the hospital, had three assists as the Bruins turned a grudge match into a blowout. The win left the Bruins five points ahead of the second-place Habs in the Northeast Division.
Ottawa 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 (SO): Erik Karlsson scored the lone goal of the shootout in the fifth round and the Senators snapped the Rangers' season-best, five-game winning streak. New York closed within two points of sixth-place Montreal and moved four points ahead of eighth-place Buffalo.
Atlanta 2, N.Y. Islanders 1: Rob Schremp scored the winning goal against his former team as the Thrashers won for just the 13th time in 39 games. John Tavares had the Islanders' goal.
Pittsburgh 2, Philadelphia 1 (SO): Chris Kunitz's shootout goal lifted the Penguins to the victory and to within four points of the Flyers in the Atlantic Division race. The Flyers played in their fourth straight shootout and reached overtime for the fifth time in six games, winning only one of those.
St. Louis 4, Edmonton 0: Jaroslav Halak needed to make only 12 saves to earn his sixth shutout of the season and T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who won for just the second time in six games. The Oilers are winless in eight games (0-6-2).
Nashville 5, Anaheim 4: Sergei Kostitsyn scored two goals, both in the first period, as the Predators won their fifth straight. The Ducks, who lost for just the third time in 11 games, got two goals each from Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry.
Toronto 4, Colorado 3: Nikolai Kulemin had two goals, and Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak also scored, leading the Maple Leafs to their third straight win. Toronto tied Carolina for ninth place in the East with 78 points, three back of Buffalo. The Avs are now 3-19-2 in their last 24 games.
Phoenix 3, Columbus 0: The Coyotes' Ilya Bryzgalov picked up the shutout and improved to 5-1-1 in his last seven starts.
San Jose at Los Angeles: Division-leading Sharks play their final eight games against division rivals. They are 9-3-4 against the Pacific Division so far.
Wednesday's late games
Anaheim 4, Dallas 3 (OT): Cam Fowler scored at 1:42 of overtime and the Ducks handed the Stars their fourth loss in their last five games. Dallas has also lost four of five to Anaheim this season.
San Jose 6, Calgary 3: Patrick Marleau and Torrey Mitchell each scored twice and added his first career goal for the Sharks.
Around the rinks
Los Angeles Kings: Recalled right wing Oscar Moller from Manchester of the AHL to replace Justin Williams, the team's second-leading scorer.
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Compiled from News and wire service reports.