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The Bruins' Taylor Hall fights for control of the puck with the Rangers' Jimmy Vesey during the second period of Thursday's game in New York.

NEW YORK — Jeremy Swayman made 31 saves to help the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Thursday night for their eighth victory in nine games.

Pavel Zacha, Patrice Bergeron and Connor Clifton scored for NHL-leading Boston, which improved to 15-1-3 in its last 19 games. Brad Marchand and David Krejci each had two assists.

Swayman was working on a shutout before New York defenseman Ben Harpur scored with 4:23 left. The goaltender improved to 6-0-2 in his last eight starts.

The Bruins moved to 36-5-4 overall while the Rangers lost their second straight at home.

DUCKS 5, BLUE JACKETS 3: Cam Fowler, Trevor Zegras and Adam Henrique each had a goal and an assist and Anaheim overcame a three-goal deficit to win at Columbus, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Ducks scored three times in the second period before putting in the third-period winner.

BLACKHAWKS 4, FLYERS 1: Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist, Petr Mrázek made 38 saves and Chicago won for the first time in the regular season in Philadelphia in more than 26 years. Before Thursday, Chicago hadn’t won a regular-season game in Philadelphia since Nov. 9, 1996.

HURRICANES 5, WILD 2: Brent Burns, Brady Skjei and Jalen Chatfield scored to give Carolina another productive offensive outing from its blueliners while Frederik Andersen was strong in net to help the Hurricanes beat visiting Minnesota.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, JETS 1: Auston Matthews scored twice early in the second period, Ilya Samosonov made 37 saves and host Toronto beat Winnipeg. Mitch Marner and Mark Giordano also scored for Toronto, and Michael Bunting added two assists.

PANTHERS 6, CANADIENS 2: Florida exploded for five goals in the second period — including four on the power play — to win at Montreal.

SABRES 3, ISLANDERS 2: Dylan Cozens scored 12 seconds into overtime, and host Buffalo beat New York.

BLUES 5, PREDATORS 2: Robert Thomas and Brendan Saad each had a goal and an assist, sending host St. Louis to a victory over Nashville Predators.

CAPITALS 4, COYOTES 0: Darcy Kuemper stopped 27 shots and Dylan Strome scored twice to lead Washington over host Arizona.



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