The Toronto Maple Leafs scored four goals on their first five shots, chased Montreal goalie Carey Price midway through the first period, and beat the visiting Canadiens, 5-1, on Saturday night.
Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov, Jay McClement, Dion Phaneuf, and Phil Kessel scored for Toronto, which has earned at least 1 point in 12 of its last 13 games (8-1-4). James Reimer stopped 36 shots for the Leafs.
Price gave up three goals on four shots and was pulled after just 10 minutes, 25 seconds. Peter Budaj didn’t fare much better, giving up a goal on the first shot he faced before finishing with 22 saves.
Davis Drewiske scored for Montreal, which remained 1 point ahead of the Bruins for the Northeast Division lead and the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
Kessel, who also had an assist, has five goals and two assists in his last three games. He also raised his career numbers against Montreal to 13 goals and 20 assists in 39 games.
Capitals 6, Lightning 5 — Host Washington blew a four-goal lead before Mike Green scored a power-play goal at 2:59 of overtime, extending the team’s winning streak to seven games.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 27th goal and the Capitals moved 4 points clear atop the Southeast Division.
Green scored after Vincent Lecavalier was whistled for slashing Marcus Johansson, who was skating in on the crease for a clear look at a potential winning goal.
The Lightning must have felt they were lost in a comedy of errors from the moment starting goaltender Ben Bishop complained that the sun was in his eyes seconds before the opening faceoff. The start was delayed about a minute while the problem was fixed by closing the drapes in the restaurant on the arena’s club level.
Bishop lasted only a period, anyway. He was pulled during the first intermission for Mathieu Garon, who allowed two goals in the first four shots he faced to make the score 5-1.
Sabres 1, Flyers 0 — Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots and UMass-Lowell product Chad Ruhwedel made his NHL debut on the Sabres’ blue line as host Buffalo remained on the fringe of a playoff spot.
Christian Ehrhoff scored the lone goal, 17 seconds into the third period, when his fortunate carom off the end boards sneaked in behind Steve Mason. Buffalo climbed into a tie with New Jersey for 10th in the East standings. The Flyers lost their fourth straight.
Ruhwedel, who was signed to a two-year contract earlier in the day, was on the ice for 18 shifts (13 minutes) of even-strength duty.
‘‘It was pure adrenaline,’’ said Ruhwedel. ‘‘It was surreal. These guys made my job a lot easier.’’
Ruwhedel replaced Tyler Myers on the roster after the Sabres defenseman was ruled out for the remainder of the season after he broke a bone in his leg blocking a shot Thursday.
Penguins 3, Panthers 1 — Brenden Morrow scored two goals and added an assist to lift Pittsburgh in Sunrise, Fla.
The Penguins, who played without Evgeni Malkin (upper body) and Sidney Crosby (broken jaw), won for the 19th time in 21 games. The Penguins are 24-13-5 since 2008 without both Crosby and Malkin in the lineup.
Stars 2, Sharks 1 — Eric Nystrom and Alex Chiasson scored, and Richard Bachman made 31 saves as Dallas extended its winning streak to five games and drew even with Detroit and Columbus for the Western Conference’s eighth playoff spot.
Chiasson, a rookie of out of Boston University, scored his sixth goal in just his sixth career contest since being recalled from AHL Texas on April 2.
Rangers 1, Islanders 0 — Defenseman Dan Girardi scored 3:11 into overtime and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to give the Rangers a key victory in Uniondale, N.Y. The Rangers are eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, 1 point behind the Islanders.
Avalanche 4, Canucks 3 — Jan Hejda scored his first goal of the season with 7.6 seconds remaining and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 24 shots, helping Colorado rally for a victory over visiting Vancouver.
Blue Jackets 3, Wild 2 — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots and Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson scored in a shootout to lift visiting Columbus to its third straight win.
Flames 4, Oilers 1 — Sven Baertschi had a goal and an assist as Calgary won in Edmonton.
Kings 2, Ducks 1 — Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist as host Los Angeles held off Anaheim.