|Tyler Bozak scored two goals for the third time in his career, and second time in the last three games. (Lori Shepler/Associated Press)|
Bozak and Leafs return to the top
Tyler Bozak scored two goals, Joffrey Lupul had two assists against his former teammates, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ducks, 5-2, last night in Anaheim, Calif., for their fourth victory in five games.
Bozak and Clarke MacArthur scored 19 seconds apart in the first period for Toronto, which reclaimed first place in the Northeast Division and sent the spiraling Ducks to their seventh consecutive loss. Bozak’s third two-goal game of his career was his second in three games.
Joey Crabb also scored and Luke Schenn added an empty-netter from in front of his own goal with 12 seconds left.
Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin scored for the Ducks, who have won twice in 18 games since Oct. 17.
Senators 4, Hurricanes 3 - Jason Spezza scored twice, including his 200th regular-season goal, to lead host Ottawa.
David Rundblad got his first NHL goal, Zack Smith also scored, and Craig Anderson made 34 saves for Ottawa, which is on a 4-1-1 run.
Eric Staal and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored in the third as Carolina twice closed to within one. Patrick Dwyer also scored for the Hurricanes, who are on a 0-2-1 skid.
Tomas Kaberle, signed to a three-year, $12.75 million free agent deal over the summer, was a healthy scratch for the Hurricanes.
Flames 5, Wild 2 - In St. Paul, Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla had third-period goals to pad Calgary’s lead and help stop a three-game losing streak.
Matt Giordano, Lee Stempniak, and T.J. Brodie scored during a furious first period, and Mikka Kiprusoff steadied himself after the early barrage to make 19 saves for the Flames. He improved to 26-15-5 in his career against the Wild.
Cal Clutterbuck and Nick Johnson had goals in those first nine minutes for Minnesota, but goalie Niklas Backstrom was pulled for Josh Harding after Calgary took a 3-2 lead.
Blues 2, Blue Jackets 1 - David Backes scored in the third period to lift St. Louis over host Columbus in Blues coach Ken Hitchcock’s first game against his former club.
Kris Russell, traded from Columbus earlier in the month, also scored for St. Louis, which is 7-1-2 since Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne Nov. 6.