NHL-Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games

Oct 31 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games: - - Bruins 3, Ducks 2 (SO) The Boston Bruins, playing much of the game as if they had been partying late with the World Series-winning Red Sox the previous day, pulled out a 3-2 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Boston's victory ended Anaheim's three-game winning streak. Bruins right winger Jarome Iginla, whose five-game point streak was halted, scored the only goal of the shootout, beating Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller as the middle of three shooters. Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, trying to force a fourth round, hit the post behind Tuukka Rask, ending the game. - - Rangers 2, Sabres 0 The New York Rangers won consecutive games for the first time this season with a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Derick Brassard and Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for his second shutout this season and 47th of his career. The win starts a four-game homestand that will see the Rangers play eight of their next 10 games at the Garden. New York improved to 5-7-0, and posted a season-high 46 shots on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, leaving Buffalo at 2-12-1. - - Coyotes 5, Predators 4 (shootout) Phoenix center Mikkel Boedker scored in the fifth round of a shootout to lift the Coyotes to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators. The Coyotes overcame a three-goal deficit after the first period and remained undefeated at home at 6-0-1 and 9-3-2 overall. Center David Legwand had a goal and two assists in the first period as Nashville (6-5-2) took a 3-0 lead before the Coyotes recovered to tie the game early in the third period. Matt Hendricks and Eric Nystrom also scored in the first period and Paul Gaustad scored early in the third off Phoenix goaltender Thomas Greiss. After Gaustad's goal, Coyotes center Shane Doan scored on a power play at 6:16 of the third period, and center Antoine Vermette tied the game on a breakaway at 8:17 of the third. The Coyotes are off to their best start since 2000-01 season and have points in 10 of their last 11 games with eight victories. (Compiled by Ben Everill/Editing by Peter Rutherford)