Canadiens top Bruins in Boston
The Canadiens won their second game in three nights after losing four in a row. They also stopped a four-game winning streak for the Bruins, who had 21 goals in that stretch.
Brian Gionta made it 3-1 at 11 minutes, 54 seconds of the second period, ending goalie Tuukka Rask's night. He was replaced by Chad Johnson, who allowed the first shot he faced, by Daniel Briere, to get past him less than two minutes later.
Ryan Johansen scored twice, and Derek MacKenzie, Brandon Dubinsky, and Cam Atkinson also had goals to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals, ending a three-game losing skid.
Jay Pandolfo is retiring after 15 seasons in the NHL and two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils. Pandolfo, 39, had 100 goals and 126 assists in 899 games. He had 11 goals and 22 assists in 131 career playoff games.
Avs sign goalie
The Colorado Avalanche signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a five-year extension that goes through the 2018-19 season. The 25-year-old Varlamov is thriving under first-year coach and Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, posting a 26-9-5 record with a 2.43 goals-against average.
Nashville captain Shea Weber is day to day with an upper-body injury and did not skate Thursday. The defenseman is the Predators' second-leading scorer with 36 points, and he also is alternate captain for the Canadian Olympic team.
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa will miss Vancouver's five-game road trip leading into the Olympic break. The team also announced that center Mike Santorelli is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. - AP