DENVER – Ray Emery stopped 17 shots to remain unbeaten this season, Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and Chicago held off Colorado 5-2 on Monday night in the first meeting since the Avalanche halted the Blackhawks’ record points streak.
Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw scored 57 seconds apart in the first period, Brent Seabrook contributed another and Jonathan Toews added a late insurance goal for the surging Blackhawks, who have won three straight to move to 3-2-0 after their NHL-record 21-0-3 start to the season was ended in the Mile High City on March 8.
Emery, the backup to Corey Crawford, extended his league record with his 11th consecutive victory to start the season.
Gabriel Landeskog and Milan Hejduk scored for slumping Colorado, which has lost a season-high four in a row.
Toews finished with a score and two assists.
DUCKS 5, SHARKS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Emerson Etem had his first NHL goal and an assist, defenceman Francois Beauchemin scored twice and Anaheim beat San Jose for its 12th consecutive home victory.
Viktor Fasth made 32 saves for the streaking Ducks, who have the NHL’s second-best record at 21-3-4 while earning a point in 11 straight games.
Ryan Getzlaf had a short-handed goal and an assist, while Peter Holland and Etem scored 34 seconds apart in the second to keep the Ducks unbeaten at Honda Center since their opener Jan. 25.
Jason Demers scored his first NHL goal and Antti Niemi stopped 23 shots for the Sharks, who have lost six of seven. Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau also scored after Anaheim took a 4-1 lead.
WILD 3, CANUCKS 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Charlie Coyle scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves and Minnesota took sole possession of the Northwest Division lead with a win over Vancouver.
Jonas Brodin and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild, who moved two points ahead of Vancouver for the division lead with their eighth win in 11 games.
Henrik Sedin scored as the Canucks suffered their second straight loss and 11th in 16 games.
Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo made his fourth straight start despite being in net for Vancouver’s 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Luongo finished with 22 saves.
KINGS 4, COYOTES 0
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Jonathan Quick earned his first shutout of the season with 27 saves, Tyler Toffoli scored his first NHL goal on a power play in only his second game with Los Angeles, helping the Kings beat Phoenix.
Rookie defenceman Jake Muzzin also scored with the man advantage, while Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter each had a goal and an assist for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Quick’s 25th career shutout gave the Kings their 11th victory in 15 games and their 10th in the last 11 at Staples Center. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner, who set a franchise record with 10 shutouts last season, is seven behind Rogie Vachon’s club record.
RANGERS 2, HURRICANES 1, SO
NEW YORK (AP)—Rangers rookie J.T. Miller fumbled his way to a goal in the third round of a shootout and New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Carolina.
Rick Nash scored in the opening round of the tiebreaker and Henrik Lundqvist stopped both Carolina tries for the Rangers (14-12-2), who moved into ninth place in the Eastern Conference—two points behind Carolina (15-11-2), which lost its third straight (0-2-1).
Eric Staal scored in the first period, and Derek Stepan tied it in the second for the Rangers. The rest of the game belonged to the goalies: Lundqvist, who made 29 saves, and Carolina counterpart Ellis, who stopped 35 shots in his third start since No. 1 goalie Cam Ward was injured March 3.
LIGHTNING 4, FLYERS 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Teddy Purcell scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to lift Tampa Bay to a win over Philadelphia.
Purcell’s in-close deflection at 9:25 of the third came shortly after the Lightning killed off a short-handed situation. Ondrej Palat, Tom Pyatt and Steven Stamkos also scored for Tampa Bay, which improved to 12-1 when leading after the first period. Stamkos scored his 21st goal this season into an empty net with 3 seconds to play.
Maxime Talbot and Claude Giroux scored for Philadelphia, while defenceman Kimmo Timonen played in his 1,000th NHL game on his 38th birthday.
STARS 4, FLAMES 3
DALLAS (AP)—Loui Eriksson scored twice and Ray Whitney added two assists to lead Dallas to a victory over Calgary.
Eric Nystrom and Erik Cole also scored for Dallas, which snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1)—a stretch that dropped the Stars from seventh place in the Western Conference to 13th.
Kari Lehtonen made 16 saves for the Stars, who were coming off an 8-1 loss Saturday night against Chicago and had been outscored 14-2 while losing their last three games.
Jiri Hudler and Jay Bouwmeester scored for Calgary, which battled down to the wire after Alex Tanguay’s goal with 4:46 remaining pulled the Flames within one.