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No injury update on Bruins’ Tim Schaller

The Bruins’ Tim Schaller went feet first into the boards, sliding behind the Red Wings’ Xavier Ouellet in the first period Wednesday night.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Bruins, who enjoyed a scheduled day off Thursday, are expected to provide an update Friday on the status of left winger Tim Schaller, injured Wednesday night in a heavy feet-first collision into the rear boards during the Bruins’ 6-1 win at TD Garden over the Red Wings.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound Schaller, a tenacious presence on the fourth line, lost his footing near the goal line and careened into the base of the boards around the 10:40 mark of the first period, just before the Bruins staged a four-goal barrage on the Red Wing net.

Schaller, 26, painfully struggled to regain his feet, made his way to the bench under his own power, and then disappeared for the night after four shifts and 3:36 of ice time. He appeared to hurt his ankle or lower leg.


Coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game the club would provide an update Thursday on Schaller’s condition. However, no report was forthcoming. A member of the club’s media relations department, contacted after 6 p.m., responded via e-mail that there “should have un update Friday.” The club has a late-morning workout scheduled at its Brighton practice facility.

If Schaller is sidelined, Matt Beleskey likely would be coach Bruce Cassidy’s choice to fill the fourth-line checking role, on a line with Dominic Moore and Riley Nash.

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Flames 5, Canadiens 0 — Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and three assists, and host Calgary blanked Montreal Thursday night for its eighth consecutive victory.

Brian Elliott had 24 saves for his first shutout of the season. After assisting on all three second-period goals as the Flames blew open a 1-0 game, Gaudreau added his 14th goal at 16:12 of the third period.

Gaudreau has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) during the Flames’ win streak. It’s the longest streak for Calgary since it also won eight in a row in November 2005.


Senators 3, Coyotes 2 — Erik Karlsson scored twice, including 40 seconds into overtime, and visiting Ottawa won its fifth straight.

Karlsson tied it, 2-2, when the star defenseman put in a rebound at 12:47 of the third period.

The Senators moved within 2 points of first-place Montreal in the Atlantic Division. Mike Condon had 39 saves.

Brendan Perlini and Lawson Crouse scored for Arizona. Mike Smith made 28 saves.

The Coyotes power play dropped to 3 of 39 over the past 13 games after an 0-for-4 night. Arizona has lost four of five.

Hurricanes 4, Rangers 3 — Rookie Sebastian Aho scored the go-ahead power-play goal with 7:32 remaining, and Carolina rallied to beat New York in Raleigh, N.C.

Aho also scored the tying goal with 10:56 to play and added an assist to help the last-place Hurricanes.

Cam Ward made a season-best 40 saves.

Carolina trailed, 3-2, entering the third before earning just its fifth win when trailing after 40 minutes.

Mika Zibanejad scored two power-play goals, Chris Kreider added a power-play goal and an assist for the shorthanded Rangers, who were without injured goalie Henrik Lundqvist and winger Rick Nash.

Backup Antti Raanta made 26 saves for the Rangers, who sat Lundqvist with an upper-body injury and Nash with a lower-body injury.

Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 2 — William Nylander and Mitchell Marner tallied on a pair of power-play goals, Tyler Bozak had an unassisted goal to go along with an assist, and Frederik Andersen made 36 saves in Toronto’s home win over Philadelphia.


Nylander’s tying goal answered Wayne Simmonds’ power-play tally at 6:09 of the first period.

Marner’s power-play strike at 13:44 of the third followed Bozak’s goal in the second and gave the Leafs a 3-1 lead at 13:44 of the third.

Nazim Kadri also had an unassisted goal for Toronto with one minute remaining.

Lightning 4, Wild 1 — Nikita Kucherov scored the first and last goals of the game — on a power-play tally at 6:53 of the first and at18:51 of the third — and had an assist as Tampa Bay defeated visting Minnesota.

Victor Hedman had a goal and was credited with an assist on Kucherov’s game-opening goal as the Lightning surged to a 2-0 lead in the first.

Andrej Sustr scored his second goal of the season to stretch Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-0 at 4:37 of the third.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves, and his only blemish was a goal allowed to Minnesota’s Marco Scandella at 16:02 of the third.

Ducks 1, Blackhawks 0 — Jonathan Bernier made 43 saves for his 100th NHL win, and Anaheim cooled off host Chicago, which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

Corey Perry scored in the second as Anaheim won despite being outshot, 43-26. Corey Crawford blocked 25 shots as the Blackhawks lost for only the second time in their last 14.

Avalanche 3, Devils 2 Francois Beauchemin scored with 1:14 left in the third period, and host Colorado handed New Jersey its fifth straight loss.


Nathan MacKinnon and Rene Bourque also scored for Colorado, and Calvin Pickard had 25 saves. The Avalanche picked up their second straight win for just the fourth time this season.

The Devils avoided a third straight shutout but fell to 1-7-2 in their last 10 games. Taylor Hall and Stefan Noesen scored for New Jersey, and Cory Schneider stopped 19 shots.

Beauchemin broke a tie when he scored off his own rebound for his third goal of the season.

New Jersey trailed 1-0 before Hall scored his 15th of the season 42 seconds into the third. He began the day with eight goals in his last 11 games against Colorado.

Material from the Associated Press was used.