Bergeron brace boosts Bruins
Patrice Bergeron scored twice as the Boston Bruins recorded an impressive 3-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
In the teams' first meeting in Boston since the Blackhawks sealed their series-deciding win in the final last June, it was the Bruins who took the bragging rights with a clinical performance as they bounced back in style from a shootout defeat to the Montreal Canadiens last time out.
Bergeron opened the scoring for the Eastern Conference leaders midway through the first period before settling matters in the third immediately after Carl Soderberg had doubled their lead.
A hat-trick from TJ Oshie, his first in the NHL, inspired the St Louis Blues to a third successive win after they hammered the Minnesota Wild 5-1.
Oshie scored twice in the first period before sealing his treble in the third after Jaden Schwartz's powerplay goal, while Brenden Morrow sealed a comfortable win, with Zach Parise grabbing a consolation for the Wild.
Drew Doughty's ninth goal of the season helped Los Angeles to their fifth consecutive win after the Kings edged out the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2.
The Kings looked on course for a comprehensive win after strikes from Jeff Carter and Alec Martinez, and although they were pegged back by Chris Kunitz and Taylor Pyatt, the Penguins could do nothing to stop Doughty as they crashed to their third consecutive defeat.
Ryan Callahan scored twice in normal time but Sami Salo was the hero for Tampa Bay as he found the net in the 13th round of a shootout to lead the Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders.
Callahan sent the match into overtime after his opener was cancelled out by Ryan Strome and Matt Donovan, but there was real drama in the shootout as with the scores tied at 4-4, Salo found the net while Johan Sundstrom saw his effort saved.
Tobias Enstrom's powerplay goal with just over three and a half minutes left gave Winnipeg a surprise 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in an absorbing contest where the Jets twice had to come from behind.
Tomas Plekanec notched twice, while Thomas Vanek scored what proved to be the winner as the Montreal Canadiens squeaked past Detroit 5-4, with Johan Franzen's late effort counting for little for the Red Wings.
Tyson Barrie scored 55 seconds into overtime to help the Colorado Avalanche edge closer to a play-off place after a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks, while the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the New Jersey Devils by the same score after a shootout, with Mikkel Boedker the only person to score.
Jiri Tlusty bagged a double and Jeff Skinner completed a 3-0 triumph for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Florida Panthers and Shea Weber scored twice as the Nashville Predators hammered the Buffalo Sabres 6-1.