Beagle, Holtby help Caps roll

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Washington’s Jay Beagle scored twice to lead the host Cap­i­tals to their eighth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, a 6-0 win over the Chicago Black­hawks on Fri­day night.

“We’re play­ing good hockey right now and we’re start­ing to get con­fi­dent in our game, in our struc­ture,” said Beagle, who has eight goals this sea­son — two shy of his ca­reer high. “Get­ting these wins against great teams can only build that con­fi­dence, and we just got to keep go­ing mov­ing for­ward.”

Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots and got the ben­e­fit of goal­tender in­ter­fer­ence on Vinne Hi­nos­troza’s would-be goal for his fifth shutout in the team’s past 14 games. The Vez­ina Tro­phy win­ner is 9-2-2 with a 1.34 goals-against av­er­age and .950 save per­cent­age in that time.

“I worked on a few things that I wanted to get bet­ter at, but we’ve been play­ing pretty well through that stretch, too,” said Holtby, who leads the league with six shutouts. “There’s still things to work on, but our game and my game are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

Nick­las Back­strom, Brett Con­nolly, Tom Wil­son and T.J. Oshie also scored for Washington, which snapped Chicago’s win­ning streak at four.

Black­hawks coach Joel Quen­neville called it a fail­ure “across the board.”

“It was a big game to start with and we didn’t meet the chal­lenge,” Quen­neville said. “Let’s for­get about this one be­cause there’s noth­ing good about it.” Blue Jack­ets 3, Light­ning 1:

Nick Foligno had a go-ahead power-play goal in the third pe­riod for vis­it­ing Columbus, which im­proved to 2-3 since it won 16 in a row. Joonas Kor­pisalo, play­ing in place of the ill Sergei Bo­brovsky, made 31 saves for the Blue Jack­ets. Jonathan Drouin scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost five of six. An­drei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots. Maple Leafs 4, Rangers 2:

Fred­erik An­der­sen stopped 34 shots to help vis­it­ing Toronto win for the sev­enth time in nine games. Left wings Rick Nash and Pavel Buch­nevich were back in New York’s lineup. Nash missed eight games with a groin in­jury; Buch­nevich had been out since Nov. 12 with a back in­jury. Is­lan­ders 5, Pan­thers 2:

John Tavares recorded his sixth ca­reer hat trick as vis­it­ing New York snapped a three-game los­ing streak. Vin­cent Trocheck had a goal and an as­sist for Florida. Hur­ri­canes 5, Sabres 2:

Jeff Skin­ner had two goals and an as­sist and Brock McGinn also scored twice as Carolina im­proved to 13-1-1 in its past 15 home games. Cam Ward stopped 36 shots while play­ing in his 600th NHL game, all with the Hur­ri­canes. Devils 2, Flames 1:

Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an as­sist to help vis­it­ing New Jer­sey snap a four-game skid. Keith Kinkaid stopped 31 shots while fill­ing in for Devils starter Cory Sch­nei­der. New Jer­sey ac­ti­vated cen­ter Ja­cob Josef­son from in­jured re­serve. He missed six games be­cause of ill­ness. Coy­otes 4, Jets 3:

Rookie Bren­dan Per­lini scored two of his team’s four first-pe­riod goals and host Ari­zona held off Win­nipeg. Oliver Ek­manLars­son and Radim Vr­bata each had three as­sists for the Coy­otes. Briefly:

Bru­ins goalie Tuukka Rask, who left a game Thurs­day af­ter a slap shot hit his face mask, prac­ticed Fri­day . ... Preda­tors de­fense­man Ro­man Josi (up­per-body in­jury) and for­ward Colin Wil­son (lower-body in­jury) were placed on in­jured re­serve. Josi was hurt Thurs­day; Wil­son was in­jured Jan. 6 . ... Jets rookie for­ward Pa­trik Laine was placed on IR be­cause of a con­cus­sion suf­fered Jan. 7.

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