Blues Break 100 – NHL Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL's conference leaders both put a little more distance between themselves and the second-place teams.
The St. Louis Blues are the league's first team to eclipse 100 points this season, doing it with a 3-1 victory over Winnipeg. David Backes (BAK'-ehs) scored twice and Jay Bouwmeester (BOH'-mees-tur) had two assists to back Ryan Miller, who needed to make just 16 saves to improve to 7-0-1 since joining the Blues from Buffalo earlier this month.
The Western Conference-leading Blues have won three straight and eight of nine to move four points ahead of Anaheim and San Jose.
The Boston Bruins have increased their lead in the East to five points over idle second-place Pittsburgh by posting their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in November 2011.
Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh) scored twice and Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 33 shots in the Bruins' ninth consecutive victory, 4-1 over Vancouver. Loui (LOO'-ee) Eriksson and Reilly Smith also tallied as Boston improved to 12-1-2 in its last 15 games while dropping the Wild to 1-2-3 in their last six contests.
Also on ice:
— Phoenix blew a 2-0 lead before third-period goals by Keith Yandle and Jeff Halpern sent the Coyotes to a 4-3 win at Los Angeles. The Coyotes handed the Kings their third straight loss and moved two points ahead of Dallas in the race for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
— Steven Stamkos scored a power-play goal and had an assist while Tampa Bay was building a 3-0 lead in a 4-3 win against Vancouver. Ondrej Palat (AHN'-dray pah-LAHT') also had a goal and an assist as the Lightning earned their third straight victory since a 0-3-2 skid.