NHL Scores: Max Pacioretty stays hot for Golden Knights, Bruins go after Tom Wilson for high hit, and more

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Mar 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Jarred Tinordi (84) punches Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden Knights remain the cream of the crop in the West as they continue to find ways to win. Over in the East, the Bruins fought back and got revenge for a vicious hit by Tom Wilson on Brando Carlo.

NHL Scores: Max Pacioretty stays hot, wins it for Golden Knights

Max Pacioretty scored twice (11,12) including the OT winner to lift the Golden Knights (15-4-1) over the Sharks (8-10-3) by a 5-4 final. He now has four goals and seven points in his last three games.

The win was picked up by Oscar Dansk his first since 2017. He spelled Marc-Andre Fleury in net as Robin Lehner was placed on LTIR earlier in the day.

“Oscar’s a guy who a lot has been asked of him,” Pacioretty said about the winning net minder. “He’s one of the most upbeat guys in the room and in practice, working hard. It’s real nice to see him get the win. Guys like that, you want to win for.”

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Mar 5, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) celebrates with right wing Mark Stone (61) and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) and left wing William Carrier (28) after scoring the game winning goal against the San Jose Sharks during the overtime period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Knights needed the win because the Blues (14-8-2) beat the Kings (9-8-5) in OT 3-2. Mike Hoffman notched his 7th of the season at the 1:30 mark of the extra session. St. Louis is one point behind Vegas for first place, but the Knights hold 4 games in hand.

Other West action saw the Avalanche (13-7-1) beat the Ducks (6-12-6) in OT thanks to Valeri Nichushkin. The Wild (13-7-1) handed the Coyotes (10-10-3) a 5-1 loss to cap the night.

NHL Scores: Bruins get even in more ways than one

The Bruins (13-5-3) had revenge on their minds coming into the second game of a set against the Capitals (13-6-4). Revenge was also coupled with retribution after Tom Wilson blasted Brandon Carlo with a high hit that sent him out of the game in the first period. Wilson was not assessed a penalty.

Carlo had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance after the hit, an update on his condition is expected today. Newly acquired Jarred Tinordi endeared himself to his teammates and the Bruins fans by making Wilson answer for his hit.

Ultimately, Brad Marchand provided the biggest response with two goals and an assist. The Bruins won the game 5-1 and are one point out of first place held by the Caps and Islanders.

“I thought the response was great,” Marchand said. “The guys went out and did the job, it didn’t need to be said. They just took control and answered the bell [physically]. And as a team we played the right way after that. We didn’t let it distract us or get us down. Obviously we were thinking about [Carlo] the whole game, but we did the job, took care of business on the ice.”

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Finally, the Blackhawks (13-7-5) continue to be a pleasant surprise as they beat the Lightning (16-4-2) in a shootout 4-3. Patrick Kane picked up an assist on each of Alex DeBrincat’s two goals.