Thrashers top Bruins in shoot-out

Tim Stapleton and Bryan Little scored in the first two rounds of a shoot-out and Toby Enstrom had two power-play goals in the Atlanta Thrashers' 3-2 victory over the visiting Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

The Thrashers snapped a four-game losing streak.

Blake Wheeler and Patrice Bergeron scored in regulation for Boston.

Elsewhere: R.J. Umberger's third-period goal lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets over the host Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. . . . Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists; rookie goalie Cedrick Desjardins won in his NHL debut; and the host Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1. . . . Joe Thornton broke a tie on a deflection at 7 minutes, 13 seconds of the third period and the visiting San Jose Sharks beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-3, to snap a two-game losing streak.

Rain still predicted for Winter Classic

Pittsburgh is warming up to the Winter Classic, and that could be a problem for the NHL. Forecasters are predicting moderate temperatures and rain showers for the Capitals-Penguins outdoor game Saturday, conditions that possibly could result in the game not starting as scheduled at 1 p.m. The NHL is prepared to play the game as late as 8 p.m. if the weather improves. The forecast for Friday's practices and the Capitals-Penguins alumni game is cloudy with temperatures in the 50s. Temperatures well above freezing should not affect the ice, but rain poses a risk to players.

- Associated Press