Blackhawks squeeze past Bruins

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks edged to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

In an encounter featuring the teams from last year's Stanley Cup finals, Toews and Kane netted as the Blackhawks finished a superb weekend - which included a win over the Anaheim Ducks - on a high note.

Marian Hossa's strike had put the Blackhawks ahead in normal time, but Boston's Brad Marchand's double turned the game around, only for Brandon Bollig to level proceedings which sent the game to overtime and then a shootout.

Tampa Bay moved level on points with the Bruins at the top of the Atlantic Division after seeing off the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3.

Mark Barberio - his first career goal - Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Teddy Purcell put the Lightning firmly on course for success although Carolina hit back through Alexander Semin and Eric Staal.

Barberio scored his second of the night to stretch Tampa Bay's lead, meaning Ron Hainsey's goal was merely consolation for the Hurricanes.

Two goals from Rick Nash helped the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Derek Stepan also struck in the first period and although Alex Ovechkin reduced the deficit, Ryan Callahan restored the three-goal cushion.