NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — The Boston Bruins regained first place in the NHL's Northeast Division with a 5-4 victory over the reeling New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
Gregory Campbell scored twice in a three-goal first period as the Bruins won for the fifth time in six games.
Boston scored three times against Martin Brodeur in the opening 8:12, took a four-goal lead and then held on. Daniel Paille and Campbell capped the outburst with short-handed goals in a 3:21 span.
Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin also scored and backup goaltender Anton Khudobin made 24 saves as the Bruins (56 points) moved a point ahead of the Montreal Canadiens with nine games to play in the lockout-shortened season.
New York's Mats Zuccarello scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Rangers overcame another two-goal performance by Toronto's Phil Kessel to beat the Maple Leafs 3-2.
At Anaheim, California, Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist as the NHL-worst Colorado Avalanche won 4-1 to prevent the Ducks from clinching a playoff spot.
Two days after criticizing his teammates' work ethic and focus, Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 21 saves in his first win in nearly two months for Colorado, which snapped a five-game skid.
Anaheim could have finalized its postseason plans, but Jonas Hiller stopped just 12 of 16 shots behind a porous Ducks defense.
In other games, David Moss and Boyd Gordon each had a goal and an assist as the Phoenix Coyotes downed the Edmonton Oilers to remain firmly in the playoff picture, while Roberto Luongo made 40 saves and Maxim Lapierre scored the go-ahead goal as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary Flames 4-1.