Ice Hockey - Bruins continue run with win over Canadiens

Second period goals by Carl Soderberg, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic led the Boston Bruins to a season-high sixth straight win with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

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Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates with Reilly Smith (18), Patrice Bergeron (37), Andrej Meszaros (41), and Brad Marchand (63) after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens (Reuters)

Bruins 4, Canadiens 1

Goalie Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for Boston (43-17-5), who are on their longest winning streak since a six-game run last season from Feb. 17 to March 2.

Defenseman Zdeno Chara scored his 15th goal 23 seconds into the third to put the Bruins up 4-0.

Montreal goalie Peter Budaj stopped 27 of 31 shots.

The Canadiens (35-25-7), who returned from a four-game trip to California and Arizona, have lost four of five.

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Canucks 3, Jets 2 (Shootout)

Chris Higgins scored the only goal of the shootout, deking Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, and the Vancouver Canucks handed the Jets a fifth straight defeat.

Struggling Vancouver left winger Alex Burrows scored his first two goals of the season, tying the game on both occasions.

Vancouver improved to 30-28-10 and now have 70 points, bringing them to within four points of the Dallas Stars, who have the second and final wild-card playoff spot, though Dallas have played three fewer games.

The Jets slipped to 30-28-9 and now have 69 points.

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Avalanche 3, Blackhawks 2

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots, while Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and an assist each as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks.

Brad Malone also scored for Colorado (43-18-5), who beat the Blackhawks for the third straight time this season.

The Avalanche now hold a one-point lead (91-90) on the Blackhawks for the second seed in the Central Division.

Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored for Chicago (38-14-14).

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Flames 7, Ducks 2

The Calgary Flames thrilled their fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome by scoring a season-high seven times against Anaheim.

Mikael Backlund scored twice and had a three-point night for the Flames (26-33-7), who will miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season.

Andrew Cogliano and Nick Bonino replied for the Ducks (43-16-7), who still sit top of the Pacific Division but are now winless in their past four with only two points over that span.

Ducks starting goaltender Jonas Hiller was pulled after allowing three goals and five shots, while Frederik Anderson surrendered four on 20 shots after entering the game.

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