MONTREAL, CANADA - MARCH 8: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins stops the puck on an attempt by Scott Gomez #11 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 8, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens: Max Pacioretty Injury Overshadows Big Habs Win

Max Pacioretty's unfortunate injury following a hit from Zdeno Chara overshadowed Tuesday night's game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, but what was lost in the fold was a dominating win for the home-standing Habs. Lars Eller scored two goals, including this beauty on a one-on-one chance with Tuukka Rask.

After the craziness of the last meeting between these two teams, in which they brawled their way to the finish at TD Garden, there was surely going to be some carryover. Bryan White and Johnny Boychuk went at it after Boychuk took a bit of a run at P.K. Subban just over three minutes into the game.

That seemed to get the rough stuff out of the system, and besides the nasty Pacioretty injury, the game was pretty quiet from that point on. Well, except the goal horn. The big two points boost Montreal to just one behind fifth place Tampa Bay, and it brings them within striking distance of the Bruins, who sit in second place in the East with 84 points.

It's certainly much more interesting in the Northeast Division after Tuesday night.


Sabres Vs. Penguins: Buffalo Loses First Time In Terry Pegula Era

Since the sale of the Buffalo Sabres to Terry Pegula went through a few weeks back, the team had gone all seven games in the new era without a regulation loss. Yes, they picked up points in every single one of those games at the most crucial part of the season for a bubble team.

That had to end eventually, though, and thanks to James Neal's first Penguins goal, Pittsburgh was able to sneak by the Sabres by a score of 3-1. It ended a rough stretch for the Pens in which they hadn't won a regulation game since February 4th. That was the night Evgeni Malkin busted his knee and learned he'd miss the remainder of the season. 

Somehow, the Penguins have been able to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference, mostly thanks to an ability to keep games close and get points in overtime. Despite going a month between regulation wins, Pittsburgh is still just two points back of the hated Philadelphia Flyers for first place in the Atlantic Division and the East overall.

With the loss, the Sabres failed to gain ground on the Carolina Hurricanes, although they still sit in eighth place, a game ahead of the Canes with 72 points.


Canucks Vs. Coyotes: Sedin Twins Combine For 6 Points As Vancouver Wins

When the Sedin twins are on, it's hard to beat the Vancouver Canucks. When they combine for six points in one night, it's virtually impossible. That's exactly what Henrik and Daniel did on Tuesday night as the NHL's best team beat the Phoenix Coyotes in overtime. 

Dan Hamhuis scored the OT winner for the Canucks, who stepped over a 2-0 Coyotes lead in the first period. Vancouver took a 3-2 lead on goals from Hamhuis, Henrik Sedin and Sami Salo, but a Lauri Korpikoski goal late in the second period tied things up.

A scoreless third period gave way to overtime, where the Sedin's framed a chance for Hamhuis, who beat Ilya Bryzagalov for the two points in the standings.

Elsewhere in the NHL...

Sharks 3, Predators 2  (OT): San Jose used an overtime breakaway goal from Patrick Marleau to create a five point cushion in the Pacific Division. They beat the Preds, who wouldn't have had a chance without the fantastic play of Pekka Rinne. Raise your hand if you've heard that one before. 

Senators 2, Devils 1: Ottawa's Erik Condra scored with less than three minutes left in the third period to make those people that believe the Devils can still make the playoffs laugh at themselves a little bit. 

Islanders 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT): Blake Comeau said on NHL Network on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning that he believes the Isles can still make the playoffs. Yep, just soak that in a little bit.

Flyers 4, Oilers 1: Philadelphia used a strong first period -- in which they didn't allow a single even strength shot on goal for the entire 20 minutes -- to run over the last-place Oilers and break a four-game losing skid. Philly outshot Edmonton 17-1 in the first. Not a typo.

Panthers 3, Blackhawks 2: Can't keep win streaks going forever, right? Florida snapped Chicago's eight-game streak with 37 saves from Tomas Vokoun on Tuesday night.

Wild 5, Avalanche 2: Minnesota beat Colorado. Don't act surprised. 

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