Brian Boyle scored three times for his first career hat trick, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Monday in Pittsburgh.
Boyle got his natural hat trick on “Hockey Fights Cancer” night in Pittsburgh. It included two power-play goals.
The 33-year-old Boyle was diagnosed with a form of bone marrow cancer at the beginning of training camp last season. He underwent treatment, returned to the lineup last November and won the NHL’s Masterton Trophy, best exemplifying qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Will Butcher had a goal and two assists for New Jersey, and Travis Zajac scored his fourth goal. The Devils stopped a three-game slide with their first road win.
Jamie Oleksiak scored for the Penguins, who have dropped four in a row.
Capitals 4, Oilers 2: In Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play, backup goaltender Pheonix Copley made 31 saves and Washington ended its two-game losing streak with a win over Edmonton.
The defending Stanley Cup champions came out flying two days after a mistake-filled overtime loss to Dallas. Jakub Vrana scored on his first turn with the fourth line after being demoted, and linemate Devante Smith-Pelly scored on the group’s second shift a few minutes later as the Capitals jumped all over Cam Talbot and the Oilers.
Ovechkin’s 11th goal of the season was his 234th career on the power play, tying him with Marcel Dionne for eighth on the career list. T.J. Oshie also scored by firing short-side on Talbot, who allowed four goals on 23 shots in his first start since Oct. 30.
Oilers captain Connor McDavid extended his point streak to eight games with his 10th goal of the season. Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton, which lost for just the second time in seven games.
Bruins 2, Stars 1 (OT): In Boston, Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal 4:29 into overtime, lifting the Bruins to a victory over Dallas.
David Pastrnak also scored on the power play for Boston, which had lost two of three. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves.
Radek Faska had a short-handed goal for the Stars, who are 3-1-1 on a six-game trip. Former Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 33 shots.
Boston had a two-man power play in overtime after Jason Dickinson and Esa Lindell were whistled for minors 11 seconds apart. Marchand banked in a shot off the far post from the bottom of the right circle.
Canadiens 4, Islanders 3 (SO): In New York, Joel Armia scored in the fifth round of the shootout to send Montreal to the road win over New York.
The Canadiens rallied from two goals down to win for the fifth time in the last six meetings with the Islanders. Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin each had a goal and an assist, Artturi Lehkonen also scored and Noah Juulsen added two assists.
Antti Niemi started in place of Carey Price and made 21 saves before stopping all five of New York’s attempts in the shootout.
Casey Cizikas scored twice and Valtteri Filppula also had a goal for the Islanders, who had won five in a row. Thomas Greiss stopped 32 shots and the first four skaters in the tiebreaker.
Flyers 5, Coyotes 2: In Glendale, Arizona, Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist, Calvin Pickard stopped 35 shots and Philadelphia ended Arizona’s five-game winning streak.
The Flyers jumped on the Coyotes early, going up 2-0 after first-period goals from Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere. Sean Couturier also scored and Oskar Lindblom added an empty-net goal for Philadelphia, which completed its four-game trip 3-0-1.
Pickard was sharp most of the night, giving up Alex Galchenyuk’s power-play goal in the second period and former Spokane Chief Michael Grabner’s goal late in the third.
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