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April 15, 2018

NHL roundup: Boston Bruins ´s Pastrnak nets hat trick

David Pastrnak had his first career playoff hat trick as the Boston Bruins took a 2-0 series lead with a 7-3 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Saturday night.

Pastrnak also had three assists, giving him a new personal high for points in a game, regular season or Stanley Cup playoffs.

He now has four goals this postseason after he scored once in Boston´s Game 1 victory.

David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk, Kevan Miller and Rick Nash also scored goals and Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for Boston, which has outscored Toronto 12-4 in the series.

Mitchell Marner, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto.

Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on five shots before he was replaced in the first period by backup Curtis McElhinney (19 saves).

Sharks 3, Ducks 2

Logan Couture led the offense with a goal and an assist, and goalie Martin Jones responded from a first-minute gaffe with a 28-save performance as San Jose claimed another road victory over Anaheim.

The Sharks won both games in Southern California to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference opening-round series.

Anaheim´s Jakob Silfverberg opened the scoring on the game´s first shot just 40 seconds into the affair at Honda Center.

The Sharks got the next three goals, from Marcus Sorensen, Couture and Tomas Hertl, before the Ducks got one back from Hampus Lindholm in the second period.

Neither team scored in the third period.

Lightning 5, Devils 3

Nikita Kucherov recorded a goal and two assists, leading Tampa Bay to a victory over visiting New Jersey.

The Lightning own a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

Kucherov recorded his seventh career three-point playoff game.

His goal was his 24th postseason tally, tying Vincent Lecavalier for the second-most in Tampa Bay´s playoff history.

Alex Killorn started and ended Tampa Bay´s four-goal flurry in the second period with a pair of power-play tallies.

Brayden Point recorded a goal and assist and Tyler Johnson added a goal for the Lighting, who got 41 saves from Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Nico Hischier, Sami Vatanen and Blake Coleman scored for New Jersey.

Predators 5, Avalanche 4

Five different players scored and goalie Pekka Rinne recovered from surrendering a goal on the first shot he faced to make 26 saves as Nashville beat visiting Colorado for a 2-0 lead in an opening-round Western Conference playoff series.

Kevin Fiala, Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen, Austin Watson and Ryan Watson found the net for the Predators.

Fiala added an assist while Mattias Ekholm and P.K. Subban had two assists apiece.

Colorado got goals from Gabriel Bourque, Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Alexander Kerfoot.

Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots.