Blackhawks overcome Canadiens 2-1


AP

Jonathan Toews scored, Corey Crawford made 39 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night to extend their winning streak to nine games and move Joel Quenneville into sole possession of second place in career coaching victories.

Quenneville has 783 wins, one more than Al Arbour but still well behind leader Scotty Bowman’s 1,244.

The Blackhawks haven’t lost since Dec. 27 against Carolina and will try to make it 10 straight Friday night in Toronto. Ryan Garbutt also scored in the first period.

Paul Byron scored but Montreal fell to 5-14 since Dec. 1 despite a spirited effort against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Shots were 40-33 in favor of the Canadiens and both Crawford and Montreal’s Mike Condon had strong performances in net.

Capitals 4, Canucks 1: On the night Alex Ovechkin was honored for his 500th goal, fellow Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov had two goals and an assist and Washington beat Vancouver for its fifth straight victory.

Kuznetsov scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and set up Tom Wilson on a night the Capitals got a rare goal from defenseman Karl Alzner and 29 saves from Braden Holtby.

Holtby has gotten the Capitals at least a point in each of his past 22 games and passed Don Beaupre for second in franchise history with his 129th win.

In his return from an eight-game absence with a groin strain, Vancouver’s Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 39 shots.

Radim Vrbata scored for the Canucks, who were beginning a six-game Eastern Conference trip.

Islanders 3, Rangers 1: Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy scored 2:24 apart early in the third period to rally the Islanders to a victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 shots to beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the eighth straight time, including five wins with the Islanders. Kyle Okposo added an empty-netter with less than 2 seconds left.

Marc Staal scored late in the second period for the Rangers and Lundqvist finished with 29 saves.

Avalanche 3, Devils 0: Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots for his first NHL shutout, Matt Duchene scored 51 seconds in and Colorado beat New Jersey.

Defenseman Tyson Barrie added a short-handed goal and Carl Soderberg an empty-netter to help the Avalanche improve to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games against New Jersey. The Devils haven’t won at the Pepsi Center since March 15, 2008.