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Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) drops to the ice to make a save on a shot by Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 17, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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First Published Mar 18 2014 09:35 am • Last Updated Mar 18 2014 11:48 pm

BRUINS 4, WILD 1

BOSTON • Jarome Iginla scored two goals, Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots, and the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to nine games with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

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The Bruins increased their conference lead to five points over idle second-place Pittsburgh by posting their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in November 2011. Boston is 12-1-2 in its last 15 games.

Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith also scored for Boston, which beat the Wild at home for the first time after losing the first six meetings. The Bruins are 3-10 overall against the Wild, who began play in the 2000-01 season.

Jason Pominville had the only goal for Minnesota, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves.

BLUES 3, JETS 1

ST. LOUIS • David Backes scored twice, and Ryan Miller made 16 saves in another win as St. Louis beat Winnipeg.

The Blues are 7-0-1 since Miller was acquired by trade from Buffalo. St. Louis has won three straight and eight of nine.

Western Conference-leading St. Louis has an NHL-best 101 points. It is the sixth time in franchise history that the Blues have reached 100 points.


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Backes has 23 goals this season. Brendan Morrow added a goal, and Jay Bouwmeester had two assists in the Blues’ win.

Eric O’Dell had the lone goal for Winnipeg, and Al Montoya made 23 saves.

LIGHTNING 4, CANUCKS 3

TAMPA, Fla. • Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat both had a goal and an assist to lead Tampa Bay past Vancouver.

Valtteri Filppula and Tom Pyatt also scored for the Lightning, who moved into a second-place tie with Montreal — with one game at hand — in the Atlantic Division after completing a 3-1-2 homestand. Ben Bishop extended his single-season team record with his 32nd win.

Vancouver is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games. Alexandre Burrows scored two goals, and Jannik Hansen added a short-handed tally for the Canucks.

After Pyatt scored midway through the third period, the Canucks got within one on goals by Burrows at 11:44 and Hansen at 15:16.

COYOTES 4, KINGS 3

LOS ANGELES • Keith Yandle scored the tying goal midway through the third period and Jeff Halpern netted the winner with 3:05 left, leading Phoenix over Los Angeles.

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