Blue Jack­ets beat Cana­di­ens 2-1 for 12th straight win

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Sergei Bo­brovsky made 36 saves, and the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets beat the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens 2-1 on Fri­day night for their 12th straight win. Colum­bus im­proved to 23-5-4, the best start in fran­chise his­tory. It has not lost since Nov. 26. Mon­treal, which out­shot Colum­bus 37-24, fell to 21-9-4. It was Bo­brovsky’s NHL-best 20th win. He kept Colum­bus in the game de­spite an apa­thetic third pe­riod in which the Blue Jack­ets took just five shots. Sam Gag­ner put Colum­bus on the board at 17:50 of the first pe­riod, 16 sec­onds into a Cana­di­ens bench mi­nor for too many men on the ice. It was his 15th goal on the sea­son. Bran­don Saad made it 2-0 with his 13th goal of the sea­son just 1:22 into the sec­ond. Mon­treal con­trolled much of the third, and Jeff Petry scored at 9:08.


Mikko Koivu, Nino Nieder­re­iter and Marco Scan­della scored in a strong burst early in the sec­ond pe­riod, and Min­nesota earned its fran­chise-record 10th straight win. Mikael Gran­lund, Ja­son Zucker, Matt Dumba and Charlie Coyle also scored for the Wild (21-8-4), who chased Hen­rik Lundqvist with four goals on 13 shots. Coyle added three as­sists, while Koivu and Zucker had three points apiece. Eric Staal (two as­sists) and Gran­lund both fin­ished with two points. Min­nesota’s Darcy Kuem­per made 31 saves in his sev­enth start of the sea­son. Chris Krei­der had two goals for the Rangers, and Ryan McDon­agh and Derek Stepan also scored.


Sid­ney Crosby scored his NHL-lead­ing 24th goal and the Pen­guins re­bounded nicely from their worst per­for­mance of the sea­son. Chad Ruh­wedel got the first goal of his ca­reer for Pitts­burgh. Eric Fehr and Pa­tric Horn­qvist also scored for the Pen­guins, and Marc-An­dre Fleury made 22 saves. The Pen­guins im­proved to 8-0-1 in their last nine home games while of­fer­ing an im­me­di­ate re­sponse af­ter get­ting crushed 7-1 in Colum­bus on Thurs­day. Kyle Palmieri scored for the Dev­ils, who lost for the eighth time in nine games. Cory Sch­nei­der stopped 35 shots.


Ari­zona cap­tain Shane Doan scored his 400th goal in his 1,500th game, and Toronto rookie Aus­ton Matthews had an as­sist in his first NHL game in his home­town in the Maple Leafs’ victory over the Coyotes. Leo Ko­marov scored twice, and Con­nor Brown and Wil­liam Ny­lan­der also scored for Toronto. Fred­erik An­der­sen made 31 saves. The Maple Leafs have won three of four, while the Coyotes have lost four straight.


John Carl­son scored two goals, Alex Ovechkin also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots for his third shutout of the sea­son, lead­ing Wash­ing­ton to the win against short-handed Tampa Bay. Carl­son beat Tampa Bay goalie An­drei Vasilevskiy 55 sec­onds into the game, and scored again at 15:42 of the first. The de­fense­man has three goals on the sea­son. Ovechkin scored his 15th goal mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod. The Light­ning dressed just 11 for­wards and seven de­fense­men be­cause of in­juries, and then lost left wing Jonathan Drouin and de­fense­man Bray­don Coburn in the sec­ond pe­riod.


Kevin La­banc scored his sec­ond goal of the night 3:24 into over­time and San Jose beat Ed­mon­ton for its sixth victory in seven games. Joe Pavel­ski also scored to send the Sharks into the Christ­mas break in first place in the Pa­cific Divi­sion, one point ahead of the sec­ond-place Oilers. Martin Jones made 16 saves. The Sharks pre­vailed when Lo­gan Cou­ture got the puck be­low the goal line and fed La­banc, who skated in and beat Cam Talbot on the short side for his sixth of the sea­son. Con­nor McDavid and Pa­trick Ma­roon each scored a ty­ing goal in the third pe­riod for the Oilers, but they never man­aged to take the lead as their three-game win­ning streak was snapped. Talbot made 28 saves.


Esa Lin­dell scored 1:07 into over­time, send­ing Dal­las to the win. Lin­dell skated in for a 2-on-1 on Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff. Stars cap­tain Jamie Benn eased a pass from the right side to the rookie de­fense­man at the left face­off cir­cle for his third goal this sea­son. Los An­ge­les fell to 6-1 in over­time. Dal­las is 2-7. Jeff Carter scored both Kings goals on re­bounds. He con­nected on the power play in the first pe­riod and tied it at 2 at 10:51 of the third.Tyler Seguin and Radek Faksa scored the first two goals for Dal­las. Kari Le­hto­nen made 29 saves.


Nathan MacKinnon scored 25 sec­onds into over­time to lift Colorado to the road win. Cruis­ing in with Tyson Bar­rie on a 2-on-1 break, MacKinnon beat Corey Craw­ford with a high shot that ticked off the post and ended the Avalanche’s five-game los­ing streak. Mikko Ran­ta­nen scored on a de­flec­tion at 5:42 of the third pe­riod for the Avalanche’s first goal in 167 min­utes and 43 sec­onds of play. Colorado was shut out in its pre­vi­ous two games, in­clud­ing a 6-0 loss to the Maple Leafs on Thurs­day. Chicago cap­tain Jonathan Toews stopped a 13-game drought with his fifth goal of the sea­son. Craw­ford had 32 stops in his re­turn from an ap­pen­dec­tomy.


Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen scored in the shootout, and help­ing the Red Wings rally for the win. An­thony Man­tha, Drew Miller and Nielsen scored for Detroit (15-15-4) in reg­u­la­tion. Jared Coreau made 31 saves for his first ca­reer win in his sec­ond start. Florida lost for the fourth time in six games, in­clud­ing a 3-1 loss to Boston on Thurs­day night. Reilly Smith, Ja­son De­mers and Derek MacKen­zie scored for the Pan­thers (15-146), and Roberto Luongo made 36 saves.


Teuvo Ter­a­vainen scored 3:01 into over­time and Carolina won for the ninth time in its last 10 home games. Justin Faulk and Jordan Staal also scored for the Hur­ri­canes, now 9-0-1 in their past 10 at home. Staal scored his 15th ca­reer short­handed goal in the sec­ond pe­riod. Ryan Spooner and Brad Marc­hand scored for the Bruins, who squan­dered a two-goal lead.


Ryan Strome had a goal and an as­sist, Thomas Greiss made 28 saves and the New York Is­lan­ders beat Buf­falo. John Tavares had a power-play goal for New York, and An­drew Ladd, An­thony Beauvil­lier and Calvin de Haan also scored. De­fense­man Travis Ha­monic had two as­sists as the Is­lan­ders snapped a three-game home los­ing streak. Greiss was in line for a shutout be­fore Zem­gus Gir­gen­sons scored with 1:03 left, and the goal­tender im­proved to 6-2 in his last eight games. An­ders Nils­son made 27 saves in his 10th start of the sea­son for Buf­falo. The Is­lan­ders hon­ored Kyle Ok­poso with a video trib­ute dur­ing a stop­page in the open­ing pe­riod. It was Ok­poso’s first game against New York since he left the team for a $42 mil­lion, sev­enyear deal with Buf­falo in the off­sea­son. Ok­poso played the first 529 games of his ca­reer with New York, com­pil­ing 139 goals and 230 as­sists in nine sea­sons.


Flames de­fense­man Mark Gior­dano scored two goals less than 10 min­utes apart in the sec­ond pe­riod. Mikael Back­lund also scored for the Flames, and Matthew Tkachuk had an empty-net goal that sent Cal­gary (18-16-2) into the Christ­mas break 8-3-0 in its last 11 games. Back­lund added two as­sists. Nikita Tryamkin scored his first of the sea­son for the Canucks (1418-3), who limped into the hol­i­days 2-5-1 in their last eight games. — AP

COLUM­BUS: Sergei Bo­brovsky #72 of the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets makes a save as David Savard #58 of the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets checks Bren­dan Gal­lagher #11 of the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens dur­ing the first pe­riod on Fri­day at Na­tion­wide Arena in Colum­bus, Ohio. Colum­bus de­feated Mon­treal 2-1 to earn their 12th con­sec­u­tive win. — AFP

SAN JOSE: Mi­lan Lu­cic #27 of the Ed­mon­ton Oilers tries to score on Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks at SAP Cen­ter on Fri­day in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia.— AFP

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