NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The Chicago Blackhawks set a franchise record for consecutive victories by beating Nashville 4-1 on Tuesday to make it 12 in a row.
The next target for the reigning Stanley Cup champions will be the overall NHL record streak of 17 set by Pittsburgh in 1992-93.
The Blackhawks extended their lead in the Central Division to five points above a suddenly floundering Dallas, which suffered a seventh defeat in eight games by losing at Los Angeles.
The Kings stretched their Pacific division lead, while Washington maintained its huge gap atop the Metropolitan by beating Columbus, staying 18 points clear of the New York Rangers, who downed Vancouver in overtime.
Chicago’s Patrick Kane and rookie forward Richard Panik both had a goal and an assist, Artem Anisimov also scored while Andrew Desjardins scored into an empty net.
Ryan Ellis scored for Nashville, which has lost six of seven.
Los Angeles showed little fatigue in its third game in four days, beating Dallas 3-2.
Milan Lucic scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Anze Kopitar added two assists to his recent scoring tear, Vincent Lecavalier scored a power-play goal for the third straight game, and Drew Doughty also netted for the Kings.
Ales Hemsky and Cody Eakin scored first-period goals for the Stars.
Washington predictably came out 6-3 winners against Columbus in a meeting of the teams with the league’s best and worst record.
Nicklas Backstrom scored twice, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and goaltender Braden Holtby earned his league-leading 30th win.
Marcus Johansson added a goal and an assist, and Jason Chimera and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Capitals, off to the best start in franchise history at 35-8-3.
Kerby Rychel had a goal and an assist, and Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray also scored for the Blue Jackets, who failed in their quest to win three successive games for the first time this season.
New York’s J.T. Miller scooped up his own rebound and scored on a wraparound 3:54 into overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 win against Vancouver.
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.
Derek Stepan also scored for the Rangers, who had a hard time getting the puck past Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller, who made 46 saves.
Andrew Burrows and Sven Baertschi scored for the Canucks, who played without injured captain Henrik Sedin.
Boston’s Patrice Bergeron broke a tie in the second period and the Bruins went on to win 4-1 against slumping Montreal, which is winless in five games.
Tampa Bay stretched its winning streak to a season-high six games by beating Edmonton 6-4, with six different scorers.
New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider made key saves in the third period to lead the Devils past Calgary 4-2.
Toronto’s Matt Hunwick netted a slap shot with 7.5 seconds left to give the Maple Leafs a 3-2 win at Philadelphia, snapping a five-game losing skid.