NHL Roundup: Leafs hold off Kings for fourth straight win

Nikolai Kulemin scored the tiebreaking goal with 15:02 to play, James Reimer made 30 saves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs won their fourth straight road game, 3-2 over the spiralling Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Avalanche forward David Jones collides with Red Wings goalie Joey MacDonald in Denver on Monday. The Avalanche won 5-4.

Avalanche forward David Jones collides with Red Wings goalie Joey MacDonald in Denver on Monday. The Avalanche won 5-4.

Maple Leafs 3 Kings 2

LOS ANGELES — Nikolai Kulemin scored the tiebreaking goal with 15:02 to play, James Reimer made 30 saves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs won their fourth straight road game, 3-2 over the spiralling Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Phil Kessel and Darryl Boyce scored 34 seconds apart in the second period for the Maple Leafs, who reached the midway point of their season with three straight wins. Toronto hasn’t lost on the road since Dec. 18.

Wayne Simmonds and Michal Handzus scored for the Kings, who have lost six of seven — including five of six on their current eight-game homestand.

Jonathan Quick stopped 25 shots, but the Kings missed several chances to tie it in the final minutes, including a 6-on-4 advantage with Quick on the bench in the final 1:42.

Avalanche 5 Red Wings 4

DENVER — Matt Duchene scored twice in Colorado’s four-goal first period while Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots as the Avalanche halted the Detroit Red Wings’ three-game win streak with a 5-4 victory Monday night.

Paul Stastny, Kevin Porter and David Jones added goals for the Avalanche in a game that featured two of the NHL’s highest-scoring teams.

Colorado chased Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard 14:15 in after he surrendered four goals on 10 shots. Howard was replaced by Joey MacDonald, who allowed only one goal the rest of the way on 16 shots.

Jan Mursak netted his first NHL goal, and Brian Rafalski, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for the Red Wings.

Coyotes 4 Blues 3

ST. LOUIS — Taylor Pyatt scored the go-ahead goal on a wraparound with 3:12 to go in the Phoenix Coyotes’ 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Kyle Turris scored the tying goal on a rush that took advantage of the Blues’ fourth line, and assisted on Pyatt’s 10th of the season, a play that caught Jaroslav Halak and the St. Louis defence off-guard. The Coyotes turned the tables on the Blues, who beat them 4-3 on Jan. 31 in St. Louis.

Phoenix has won three of four.

The Blues have lost four in a row since topping Phoenix. Matt D’Agostini and Brad Winchester scored in a 20-second span early in the third to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead. Winchester, who plays on the checking line, has scored in three straight games for the first time in his career.

Bruins 4 Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH — Mark Recchi scored the third of the Bruins’ four goals in the final 3 1/2 minutes to cap their second frantic rally in two visits to Pittsburgh, and Boston beat the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins 4-2 on Monday night.

The comeback win, the second victory by Boston in six games, came after they squandered a 2-0 lead with 2 1/2 minutes left Saturday and lost 3-2 in overtime to Montreal.

Gregory Campbell added an empty-net goal and set up two goals during a rally similar to that when Boston trailed 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Nov. 10 before scoring five goals in the third to win 7-4.

Pittsburgh is 0-2-1 without Crosby, who is out with a concussion.

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