Jeff Toms was around the puck all night. Most of the time, that was a good thing.
Toms scored a career-high three goals and added an assist as the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 8-4 Wednesday night. In between his second and third goals, however, the puck found him again while he was sitting on the bench.
Toms — playing on New York's new top line — finished with a broken nose to go along with his first NHL hat trick.
CANADIENS 5, CAPITALS 3:Joe Juneau scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:23 left in the third period, leading Montreal past Washington.
BLUES 5, SABRES 2: Mike Van Ryn scored his first NHL goal as St. Louis earned its 10th straight victory.
PREDATORS 2, HURRICANES 2:Bates Battaglia scored with 31 seconds left, and Ron Francis moved into a tie for second place on the NHL's career assist list.
PENGUINS 5, LIGHTNING 1:Mario Lemieux moved into seventh place on the NHL's career scoring list with a five-point night.
DEVILS 3, PANTHERS 1:Patrik Elias and Valeri Kamensky scored third-period goals as New Jersey won.
CANUCKS 4, STARS 2:Alex Auld made 20 saves in his first NHL start as Vancouver won at Dallas. Auld, 21, was subbing for Canucks' No. 1 goalie Dan Cloutier, out with a sprained left ankle.
COYOTES 4, BLACKHAWKS 1: Backup goalie Robert Esche stopped 23 shots as Phoenix handed Chicago its fourth loss this season at home.
AVALANCHE 4, OILERS 2:Adam Foote, Chris Drury and Ville Nieminen scored in the first period, leading Colorado to victory at Edmonton.
RED WINGS 2, SHARKS 2:Brett Hull scored twice for Detroit, and San Jose had two goals 80 seconds apart.
MIGHTY DUCKS 3, WILD 2 (OT): Keith Carney scored with 58 seconds left in overtime.