Kane goal helps Blackhawks hand Canadiens second loss
Patrick Kane scored a spectacular tiebreaking goal in the second period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Montreal 3-2 on Sunday night, handing the league-leading Canadiens just their second regulation loss of the season. Marian Hossa added his team-leading ninth and rookie Gustav Forsling scored his first in the NHL as Chicago improved to 9-0-2 in its last 11 and ended Montreal’s four-game winning streak. Shea Weber and Andrei Markov scored for the Canadiens in a matchup of conference leaders. Both goalies faced teams from their hometowns. Canadiens backup Al Montoya, a Chicago native, made 32 saves. Chicago’s Corey Crawford, from Montreal, stopped 21 shots. Kane put Chicago ahead 3-2 with 3:37 left in the second period to cap a terrific individual effort. Kane skated down the slot, fooled Jeff Petry with a move and chipped a shot past Montoya - while falling to the ice with Max Pacioretty checking him closely from behind.
RANGERS 3, OILERS 1
Michael Grabner scored twice, Antti Raanta stopped 38 shots and New York beat Edmonton. Dan Girardi also scored to help the Rangers win for the seventh time in eight games - including two victories against the Oilers. Grabner now has 10 goals in 16 games this season, topping the nine he had in 80 games with Toronto last year. Andrej Sekera scored for Edmonton and Cam Talbot finished with 24 saves. The Oilers have lost three straight to fall to 2-5-1 since starting the season 7-1-0.
CANUCKS 5, STARS 4, OT
Troy Stecher tied it with 1:40 left in the third period and Markus Granlund scored in overtime, helping Vancouver rally to beat Dallas. Dallas held leads of 31 and 4-3, but Vancouver got goals from Louis Eriksson, Brandon Sutter, Bo Horvat and Stecher to force overtime. The Canucks were coming off a 1-5 road trip and have two wins in their last 12 games. Ryan Miller made 17 saves for Vancouver. Patrick Eaves scored twice and Lauri Korpikoski and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Stars, who wrapped up a five-game road trip 2-1-2. Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots for Dallas, which had won 10 straight against the Canucks. Granlund scored 1:27 into overtime by finding a loose puck off a faceoff and snapping it past Lehtonen.
JETS 3, KINGS 2, SO
Mark Scheifele scored the deciding goal in a shootout to give Winnipeg a victory over Los Angeles. Patrik Laine also beat Peter Budaj in the shootout, and Dwight King scored against the Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck. The Jets are 3-0-1 in their last four games and 8-7-2 overall. The Kings have lost three straight to drop to 7-8-1. Kings forward Kyle Clifford was called for a boarding major in the first period for a hit that sent Jets forward Kyle Connor into the boards head-first. Adam Lowry and Marko Dano took advantage with power-play goals. Connor left for the dressing room, but returned for the second period. Tanner Pearson scored in the first period for Los Angeles, and defenseman Tom Gilbert tied it midway through the third.
WILD 2, SENATORS 1, OT
Matt Dumba scored late in overtime and Darcy Kuemper stopped 35 shots, helping Minnesota beat Ottawa. Ryan Suter scored a short-handed goal for the Wild, and Kuemper was nearly perfect in his third start of the season. Craig Anderson made 40 saves and was again solid for the Senators, who got a goal from Kyle Turris 5:06 into the third period. The Wild were playing their third game in four nights to conclude a fourgame trip, but they controlled much of the action with Ottawa looking disorganized for most of the night.
BRUINS 2, AVALANCHE 0
Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and David Krejci scored in the first period, lifting Boston over Colorado. Rask showed no signs of fatigue despite being in net for a second straight night. He made 31 saves in a 2-1 win over Arizona on Saturday. Rask got his 33rd career shutout and moved to 7-0 on the road this season. Krejci scored his second goal of the season on a wrist shot midway through the first period. The Avalanche pulled Semyon Varlamov with about a minute remaining but couldn’t generate much offense. Dominic Moore sealed it with an empty-net goal with 27.2 seconds remaining. Varlamov was the hardluck loser, stopping a season-high 43 shots. —AP
CHICAGO: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks is shoved to the ice by Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens as he shoots and scores a second period goal at the United Center on Sunday in Chicago, Illinois. — AFP