BLACKHAWKS RUN WIN STREAK TO 12
nashville, tenn.» Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and the Blackhawks beat the Predators 4-1 for their franchiserecord 12th straight win. Chicago tied the Panthers’ recent streak for the longest this season in the NHL. The Blackhawks have four games left before the all-star break to approach the NHL record of 17 straight wins by the 1992-93 Penguins.
Rookie forward Richard Panik had a goal and an assist, Artem Anisimov also scored and Artemi Panarin added two assists for Chicago. Andrew Desjardins scored into an empty net.
Corey Crawford won his ninth straight as the Blackhawks took the season series 3-1 with a game remaining against their Central Division rivals.
Cory Schneider made nine of his 26 saves in the third period to lead the Devils to a 4-2 win over the Flames. Adam Larsson, Lee Stempniak, Reid Boucher and Andy Greene scored for the Devils. … Matt Hunwick’s slapper with 7.5 seconds left lifted the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Flyers. Hunwick’s first goal of the season snapped Toronto’s five-game losing streak. … Nicklas Backstrom scored twice, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby earned his league-leading 30th win to lift the NHL-best Capitals past the last-place Blue Jackets 6-3. … Brian Boyle scored a go-ahead, short-handed goal in the third period and the Lightning beat the Oilers 6-4 for a season-high six-game winning streak. … Patrice Bergeron broke a 1-all tie in the second period and the Bruins downed slumping Montreal 4-1, leaving the Canadiens winless in five games. Max Talbot, David Pasternak and Brad Marchand, with an empty-net goal, also scored for the Bruins, who won their third straight and avenged a 5-1 loss to Montreal in the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1. … J.T. Miller scooped up his own rebound and scored on a wraparound 3:54 into overtime, and the Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Canucks. Mats Zuccarello tied the game in the third period for the Rangers, who outshot the Canucks 49-20, including 19-3 in the third period and overtime. Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves.
Scott still all-star. John Scott will be an NHL all-star after all. Scott was voted Pacific Division captain by fans but was traded from the Coyotes to the Canadiens last week and demoted to the minors. Being in the minors made Scott ineligible, but the league said its review and the tough guy’s desire to participate led to this decision.