Helle­buyck stops 27 shots to help Jets beat Black­hawks

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WIN­NIPEG: Con­nor Helle­buyck made 27 saves for his first shutout of the sea­son, rookie Pa­trik Laine scored his NHL-lead­ing 12th goal and the Win­nipeg Jets beat the di­vi­sion - lead­ing Chicago Black­hawks 4-0 on Tues­day night. Rookie de­fense­man Josh Mor­ris­sey scored his first ca­reer goal, while for­wards Chris Thor­burn and Nic Pe­tan got their first scores of the sea­son for the sec­ond-place Jets. Niko­laj Eh­lers had two as­sists, help­ing Win­nipeg stretch its points streak to five games. Chicago goalie Corey Craw­ford was re­placed by Scott Dar­ling after let­ting in four goals on 22 shots. Dar­ling made two saves. It was the first of five games be­tween the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion foes this sea­son.


Nikita Kucherov scored his sec­ond goal of the game with 1:10 left to give Tampa Bay a win over Detroit. Light­ning cap­tain Steven Stamkos left in the mid­dle of the first pe­riod after limp­ing off the ice fa­vor­ing his right leg fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with the Red Wings’ Gus­tav Nyquist along the boards. He did not re­turn and the team said he has a lower­body in­jury. Stamkos and de­fense­man Nikita Nes­terov also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won five of eight (5-2-1). Vladislav Namest­nikov had two as­sists and Ben Bishop made 25 saves. De­fense­man Ryan Sproul got his first ca­reer goal and had an as­sist, and Frans Nielsen and Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg also scored for Detroit. Petr Mrazek stopped 18 shots.


James van Riems­dyk scored three goals and Tyler Bozak had four as­sists, help­ing Toronto beat Nashville. Van Riems­dyk added an as­sist and Mitch Marner had a goal and two as­sists. Leo Ko­marov and Wil­liam Ny­lan­der also scored to help Toronto im­prove to 6-2-0 at home. James Neal and Vik­tor Arvids­son scored for the Preda­tors, who had their three-game win­ning streak halted. Fred­erik An­der­sen made 32 saves for Toronto, and Marek Mazanec stopped 26-of-32 shots for Nashville.


Aaron Ek­blad broke his stick on an awk­ward slap shot that sneaked by goalie Carey Price in over­time, help­ing Florida beat NHL-lead­ing Mon­treal. Ek­blad wound for a shot from the right hash marks, but his stick snapped and the puck slid slowly to­ward the net. It de­flected off the boot of de­fense­man Nathan Beaulieu be­fore slid­ing past Price 2:59 into OT. Alex Petro­vic, Kyle Rau and De­nis Mal­gin scored for the Pan­thers, and Roberto Luongo made 34 saves. Max Pa­cioretty, David De­shar­nais and Paul By­ron had goals for Mon­treal, which is in its first two-game win­less streak this sea­son. Price made 20 saves in his first loss of the sea­son.


Erik Karls­son scored the only goal of the shootout to lift Ot­tawa over Philadel­phia. Mark Stone and Kyle Tur­ris scored for the Se­na­tors, who have won three of their last four. Craig An­der­son had 33 saves through over­time and stopped all five at­tempts in the tiebreaker. Nick Cousins and Michael Raffl had Philadel­phia’s goals, and Steve Ma­son fin­ished with 24 saves. The Flyers have lost four of five. Tur­ris tied the score on a wrap­around with 1:59 left in reg­u­la­tion. He then had a chance to get the win­ner in over­time on a 2-on-1 with Karls­son, but was stopped by Ma­son.


Adam Hen­rique scored 44 sec­onds into over­time to give New Jer­sey a vic­tory over Dal­las. Hen­rique and Kyle Palmieri skated in on Dal­las goalie Antti Niemi on a 2-on-1. Palmieri sent a pass from the right side to Hen­rique at the edge of the left face­off cir­cle, and Hen­rique put the puck into the lower left por­tion of the net. The game had been tied since Pa­trick Eaves’ goal for Dal­las at 10:33 of the first pe­riod. Da­mon Sev­er­son scored at 7:40 of the first for New Jer­sey, which won its fifth straight game. Niemi made 31 saves, in­clud­ing 16 in the sec­ond pe­riod. Cory Schneider had 23 saves for New Jer­sey.


Jaden Schwartz and Kyle Brodziak scored early in the third pe­riod to lead St. Louis over Buf­falo. Robby Fab­bri and Scot­tie Up­shall also scored and Jake Allen made 23 saves for the Blues, who snapped a three-game skid and beat the Sabres for the ninth straight time. Sam Rein­hart scored and Robin Lehner stopped 27 shots for the Sabres, who lost their fifth con­sec­u­tive game.


Joakim Nord­strom scored with 9:12 left, Cam Ward made 22 saves in his first shutout in over a year and Carolina beat San Jose. Ward got the 24th shutout of his ca­reer and first since he blanked Colorado on Oct. 21, 2015, while im­prov­ing to 6-1 in his ca­reer against the Sharks. That helped the Hur­ri­canes win their sec­ond straight to es­cape last place in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Di­vi­sion, in the process snap­ping the de­fend­ing West­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons’ three-game win­ning streak. Aaron Dell stopped 32 shots in his third ca­reer game and his sec­ond start for the Sharks, who man­aged just two shots on goal in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore com­ing on strong in the third.


Cam Atkin­son scored 37 sec­onds into over­time as Colum­bus ral­lied to beat Wash­ing­ton. Atkin­son buried a wrist shot off a face­off from the right cir­cle past goal­tender Philipp Grubauer to ex­tend Colum­bus’ home win­ning streak to six. Zach Weren­ski scored the ty­ing goal with just un­der seven min­utes re­main­ing for the Blue Jack­ets, and Sergei Bo­brovsky stopped 26 shots. Nick­las Back­strom scored late in the sec­ond pe­riod for Wash­ing­ton, and Grubauer fin­ished with 20 saves.


Se­myon Var­lamov had 32 saves, Pa­trick Wier­cioch and Rene Bourque scored 22 sec­onds apart and Colorado beat Los An­ge­les. Gabriel Lan­deskog and Blake Comeau also scored for Colorado, and Wier­cioch added an as­sist. Dustin Brown scored for Los An­ge­les and Peter Bu­daj stopped 26 shots. It was the Kings’ fourth straight loss after open­ing their five-game trip with a win in Toronto. The Avalanche had not scored a reg­u­la­tion goal for more than five pe­ri­ods be­fore get­ting two quick ones at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod.


Johnny Gau­dreau’s goal early in the first pe­riod held up and Chad John­son stopped 27 shots for Cal­gary’s first shutout of the sea­son, fu­el­ing a vic­tory that ended a four-game los­ing streak. Outscored 17-4 over the skid - with two of those goals from Gau­dreau - John­son and the Flames gave their NHL-worst goals against av­er­age a big boost. Their scor­ing dif­fer­en­tial, now at mi­nus-19, is last in the league. Flames goalie Brian El­liott, for­merly of the St. Louis Blues, has an 8-2 record with a 2.18 goals against av­er­age in 12 ca­reer games against the Wild, but John­son got the call from coach Glen Gu­lutzan in­stead. De­van Dub­nyk made 26 saves for the Wild and has given up only nine goals in his last eight games, stop­ping 245 of 254 shots.


Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller scored two goals each, Hen­rik Lundqvist made 36 saves, and New York beat Van­cou­ver. Mats Zuc­carello had a goal and two as­sists, Nick Holden had a goal and an as­sist and Bran­don Pirri also scored for New York, which has won three straight and eight of its last nine - with the lone loss in that stretch com­ing at home against the Canucks last Tues­day. Mika Zibane­jad, Jes­per Fast and Kevin Klein each added two as­sists. Bran­don Sut­ter and Markus Gran­lund scored for Van­cou­ver and Lu­cas Sbisa had two as­sists. Ja­cob Mark­strom stopped 18 shots. The Rangers led 3-0 be­fore Sut­ter got Van­cou­ver on the scoreboard with 40 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod. Hayes and Miller then scored in the first 2 1/2 min­utes of the third to help New York pull away.


John Gib­son made 33 saves, Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler had goals and Ana­heim gave Ed­mon­ton a fourth straight loss. Nick Ritchie and An­toine Ver­mette also scored for Ana­heim, and Corey Perry had two as­sists to take the team lead with 15 points. Leon Drai­saitl scored for Ed­mon­ton and Cam Tal­bot made 23 saves. Ed­mon­ton con­trolled play through­out much of the sec­ond pe­riod, out­shoot­ing Ana­heim 18-9, but it was forced to climb out of a 3-0 hole after the Ducks cap­i­tal­ized on spe­cial teams chances to score twice in the sec­ond.

WIN­NIPEG: Win­nipeg Jets’ An­drew Copp (9) and Chicago Black­hawks’ Brian Camp­bell (51) go for the re­bound in front of goal­tender Corey Craw­ford (50) dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of an NHL hockey game on Tues­day in Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba.

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