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Canadiens cruise at home

Lars Eller, passing the puck away from two Jets, records four goals and an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 7-3 victory.

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Lars Eller, passing the puck away from two Jets, records four goals and an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 7-3 victory.

MONTREAL — Lars Eller had four goals and an assist and Travis Moen three assists as the Canadiens bounced back from a poor road trip with a 7-3 win over the Jets on Wednesday.

Eller scored his fourth goal on a penalty shot 11 minutes into the third, spinning around to beat Chris Mason for his third of the period. He did a backward somersault over the Winnipeg goalie to the delight of the sold-out crowd of 21,273.

Montreal, which went 1-5 on the trip, won for the second time in nine games — the last eight since interim coach Randy Cunneyworth took over for the fired Jacques Martin on Dec. 17.

Josh Gorges, Tomas Kaberle and Michael Cammalleri also scored for the Canadiens, who improved to 6-7-6 at home. Carey Price made 24 saves. Andrei Kostitsyn and Erik Cole had two assists.

Game highlights: Patrice Bergeron scored twice to lead the visiting Bruins past the Devils 6-1. The defending Stanley Cup champ got back on track after its seven-game win streak was snapped Saturday against Dallas.

Tortorella fined, says sorry for comments

PHILADELPHIA — Rangers coach John Tortorella apologized for calling the officiating during Monday's Winter Classic "disgusting."

"I tainted the Winter Classic with my mouth," he said.

Soon after, the league fined Tortorella $30,000.

Tortorella was upset the Flyers, down 3-2, got a penalty shot with 20 seconds left. (Henrik Lundqvist stopped Danny Briere to preserve the win.)

"I'm not sure if NBC got together with the refs to turn this into an overtime game," he said Monday. "I thought the game was reffed horribly. I just thought in that third period, it was disgusting."

Tortorella on Wednesday added he was being sarcastic when making the comments.

Discipline: Blackhawks wing Daniel Carcillo was suspended seven games for boarding Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert on Monday. Carcillo was suspended for two games earlier this season for an illegal check. Gilbert did not play Tuesday against the Sabres and is day to day with a lower-body injury. … Flames wing Rene Bourque was suspended five games for elbowing Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom in the head Tuesday. Backstrom is questionable for the Capitals' next game, Saturday at San Jose.

Around the league: Capitals wing Alex Ovechkin denied spitting in the face of Blue Jackets wing Derek Dorsett on Saturday. Dorsett made the allegation Tuesday, saying the spit came while they pushed and shoved each other. Ovechkin was called for roughing, Dorsett for cross-checking, and they yelled at each other from their penalty boxes. … The Panthers signed center John Madden. Madden, 38, who has won two Stanley Cups with the Devils and one with the Blackhawks, had 12 goals and 13 assists in 76 games for the Wild last season.

World juniors: Kevin Gravel (a Kings prospect) and Austin Czarnik (undrafted scored to lead the United States past Switzerland 2-1 in the seventh-place game in Calgary.

at Canadiens 2 1 4 7
Jets 1 1 1 3

First Period1, Winnipeg, Stapleton 6 (Kane, Wheeler), 3:41. 2, Montreal, Gorges 2 (Desharnais, Cole), 13:24. 3, Montreal, Eller 5, 14:07. PenaltiesLadd, Wpg (roughing), 17:56.

Second Period4, Montreal, Kaberle 1 (Moen, Eller), 5:32. 5, Winnipeg, Wheeler 7 (Bogosian, Enstrom), 17:51 (pp). PenaltiesSlater, Wpg (slashing), 13:28; Gorges, Mon (holding), 16:34; Diaz, Mon (interference), 19:05.

Third Period6, Montreal, Eller 6 (Moen, Kostitsyn), 2:41. 7, Montreal, Cammalleri 9 (Cole, Plekanec), 3:03. 8, Montreal, Eller 7 (Kostitsyn, Moen), 3:31. 9, Montreal, Eller 8 (penalty shot), 11:00. 10, Winnipeg, Ladd 13 (Hainsey, Antropov), 13:03. PenaltiesThorburn, Wpg, major (fighting), 17:21; Gill, Mon, major (fighting), 17:21; Stuart, Wpg (high-sticking, roughing), 18:39; Darche, Mon (roughing), 18:39. Shots on GoalWinnipeg 7-9-11—27. Montreal 12-5-14—31. Power-play opportunitiesWinnipeg 1 of 2; Montreal 0 of 3. GoaliesWinnipeg, Pavelec 14-13-5 (24 shots-18 saves), Mason (6:49 third, 7-6). Montreal, Price 14-14-7 (27-24). A21,273 (21,273).

Bruins 2 1 3 6
at Devils 1 0 0 1

First Period1, New Jersey, Clarkson 15 (Parise), 4:24 (pp). 2, Boston, Campbell 4 (Ference, C.Kelly), 8:15. 3, Boston, Horton 10 (Krejci, Lucic), 13:17 (pp). PenaltiesThornton, Bos, major (fighting), 2:07; Janssen, NJ, major (fighting), 2:07; Boychuk, Bos (delay of game), 2:38; Tallinder, NJ (delay of game), 12:36.

Second Period4, Boston, Bergeron 8, 4:02. PenaltiesHorton, Bos (holding), 1:56; C.Kelly, Bos (holding stick), 6:17; Pouliot, Bos, misconduct, 6:17; Larsson, NJ (hooking), 11:09; Tallinder, NJ (tripping), 15:32.

Third Period5, Boston, Bergeron 9 (Marchand, Lucic), 2:13. 6, Boston, Krejci 8 (Seidenberg, Lucic), 4:50. 7, Boston, Thornton 3 (Paille, Seidenberg), 14:23. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBoston 11-8-8—27. New Jersey 16-7-8—31. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 1 of 3; New Jersey 1 of 3. GoaliesBoston, Thomas 17-6-0 (31 shots-30 saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 11-10-1 (27-21). A15,832 (17,625).

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