Kings Now 4-0 Since Break – NHL Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings are 4-0 since the NHL's Olympic break following a stifling defensive performance against Montreal.
Jeff Carter's power-play goal snapped a 1-1 tie in the second period of the Kings' 2-1 victory against the Canadiens. Jonathan Quick faced just 18 shots and was perfect after P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban) tallied late in the first period.
The Canadiens were 7-1-2 in their previous 10 games before dropping the opener of a four-game road trip. They remain six points behind the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins.
Elsewhere on ice:
— Dalton Prout and Artem Anisimov (ah-NEE'-see-mahv) scored second-period goals and Sergei Bobrovsky (bah-BRAHF'-skee) stopped 28 shots as the Jackets downed the Leafs 2-1. The Blue Jackets are 17-8-1 since Dec. 21, pushing them within one point of Detroit in the battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
— Dallas beat Buffalo 3-2 on Alex Chiasson's (CHAY'-sahnz) tiebreaking, power-play goal with 9:35 remaining. Jordie Benn and Alex Goligoski also scored to help the Stars open a two-point lead over Winnipeg and Vancouver as the three teams battle for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
— Third-period goals by Jared Spurgeon and Zach Parise (pah-REE'-say) lifted Minnesota to its fifth consecutive win, 3-2 over Calgary. The Wild improved to 14-4-2 since the new year began while welcoming captain Mikko Koivu (MEE'-koh KOY'-voo) back from injury.
UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) will be sidelined for two to three weeks because of an upper-body injury suffered in Saturday night's 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh at Soldier Field. It is unclear exactly when Hossa got hurt, but he took a hard hit from Penguins forward Craig Adams during a Chicago power play in the first period.
In other NHL news:
— The Edmonton Oilers and goaltender Ben Scrivens have agreed to a two-year contract extension. Scrivens is 3-4-0 since being acquired by the Oilers from the Kings on Jan. 15. The 27-year-old Scrivens made an immediate impression on his new team when he had 59 stops in a 3-0 win over San Jose on Jan. 29, setting an NHL regular-season record for saves in a shutout.
— The NHL has suspended Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov for two games for boarding Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn in Sunday's Flyers win. Orlov was assessed a major penalty for his action, helping the Flyers rally from a 4-2 deficit for a 5-4 overtime win.
— Nashville has announced that goaltender Pekka Rinne (REE'-nay) will start Tuesday against Pittsburgh. He's returning from a hip injury that has limited him to only nine games this season.