Bruins win again; Avs crushed by Capitals

The Boston Bruins ran out 2-0 winners over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night as the hosts recorded back-to-back home wins for the first time this season.

Boston (10-8-1) defenseman Zdeno Charo scored in the third period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead, before Brad Marchand notched an empty-net goal late on after a flurry of Maple Leafs (7-10-4) pressure, with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask making 22 saves on the night. 

Elsewhere, at the Verizon Center the Washington Capitals romped to a 7-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche

Justin Williams scored the opening of four first-period goals for Washington (13-5-1), before forwards Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov along with defensemen John Carlson and Nate Schmidt bagged to put the Capitals in command.

Dmitry Orlov and Karl Alzner added to the Avs misery, while forwards Cody McLeod, Nathan MacKinnon and Andreas Martinsen scored for Colorado (7-12-1). Reto Berra made seven saves but was pulled after the first period after a poor start for the Avalanche in which they never recovered. 

Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0, the New York Rangers won a thrilling 5-4 contest over the Florida Panthers, the Tampa Bay Lightening ran out 5-0 winners over the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars recorded a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blakchawks 6-3 in Canada.

Also, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau scored his 1,000th career point as they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 at the Energy Center.

Brent Burns opened the scoring for the Sharks (12-8-0) but they were pegged back by a Phil Kessel goal for the Penguins, before Marleau reached his milestone to give San Jose a 2-1 advantage. Paul Martin wrapped up the win for the visitors as he returned to Pittsburgh (12-8-0) for the first time since departing last season.

And, the Winnipeg Jets ran out 3-2 victors over the Arizona Coyotes, the Detroit Red Wings secured a 4-3 win against the St Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild cruised to a 4-0 victory over the Nashville Predators.