Stars Shine Over Avs – NHL Roundup For Dec. 18th
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks still own the NHL's best record and a two-point lead over Anaheim in the Western Conference.
Duncan Keith scored a goal and added an assist as the Hawks won for the fifth time in six games, beating Nashville 3-1. Patrick Kane's power-play goal snapped a 1-1 tie in the second period and ran his point streak to 10 games, two off his career high.
Antti Raanta (AN'-tee RAHN'-tah) made 16 of his 27 saves in the first period and helped the Blackhawks end the Predators' three-game winning streak.
The Ducks kept pace as Corey Perry notched his 22nd goal while Anaheim was scoring five straight to beat Detroit 5-2. Andrew Cogliano had three assists as the Ducks picked up their sixth consecutive win and dropped the Red Wings to 5-9-6 at home.
Elsewhere on ice:
— Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-rah) scored a pair of power-play goals and the Boston Bruins improved to 11-0-1 in their last 11 games by blanking Calgary 2-0. Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 21 shots in his third shutout of the season and the Bruins' third consecutive whitewash of the Flames in Calgary.
— Matthew Irwin and Martin Havlat each had a goal and an assist in San Jose's 4-2 win at St. Louis. The Sharks won for just the second time in seven games and dropped the Blues to 12-3-2 at home.
— Jason Pominville's shootout goal was the game-winner as Minnesota downed Vancouver 3-2. Zach Parise (pah-REE'-say) and Charlie Coyle scored to help the Wild end the Canucks' seven-game winning streak and improve to 14-3-2 at home.
— Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-RET'-ee) scored twice and had an assist during a three-goal third period that lifted Montreal over Phoenix 3-1. Pacioretty scored the game-winner with 6:42 left.
— Ray Whitney scored twice and Colton Sceviour (SEE'-vee-ur) snapped a 2-2 tie with 2:52 remaining to lift Dallas over Colorado 3-2. The Stars were in a 1-for-48 slump in home power plays until Whitney tied the game with his second goal of the night.
— Mark Streit (stryt) and Jakub Voracek had power-play goals 72 seconds apart late in the second period to put Philadelphia ahead 4-2 in a 5-2 triumph against Washington. Voracek scored twice to help the Flyers overcome Alex Ovechkin's (oh-VEHCH'-kihns) league-high 28th goal of the season.
— Shootout goals by Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR'-ee FIHL'-poo-lah) and Nikita Kucherov (koo-SHEHR'-ahv) completed Tampa Bay's 3-2 comeback win over the New York Islanders, a game the Lightning trailed 2-0 with under three minutes left. Filppula also scored the Lightning's two regulation goals, the last coming with 3.8 seconds remaining.
— Florida picked up its fourth consecutive win as Tomas Fleischmann, Sean Bergenheim and Brad Boyes scored to lift the Panthers past the Maple Leafs 3-1 in Toronto. Scott Clemmensen made 28 saves to help the Panthers deal the Leafs their fifth loss in six games.
— Third-period goals by Marcus Foligno (foh-LEE'-noh), Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis pushed Buffalo past Winnipeg 4-2, the Sabres' first regulation win since Nov. 15. Ryan Miller was perfect after Mark Scheifele (SHYF'-lee) scored twice in a 36-second span of the second period.
— The L.A. Kings blanked Edmonton 3-0. Red-hot rookie goalie Martin Jones made 24 saves for his third shutout in five games.