RALEIGH, N.C. – Cam Ward made 30 saves in his first shutout of the season and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Friday night.
Tim Brent scored on a deflection and Brandon Sutter and Jiri Tlusty added third-period goals for the Hurricanes, who claimed their first win since Oct. 18 at Boston.
Corey Crawford stopped 30 shots for the Blackhawks, who were beaten in regulation for the first time since opening night.
They entered with a two-point lead in the Central Division but were shut out for the first time this season and remained winless at the RBC Center, which opened in 1999.
Sharks 4, Red Wings 2
DETROIT (AP)—Joe Thornton scored twice and Antti Niemi made 30 saves to help San Jose win its fourth straight.
Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist and Ryane Clowe also scored for the Sharks.
Henrik Zetterberg, and Tomas Holmstrom scored for Detroit, which has lost three in a row. Nicklas Lidstrom had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 26 saves.
San Jose has eliminated Detroit in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two seasons. It was a seven-game set last spring in which the Red Wings rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to for a decisive Game 7.
Thornton’s breakaway goal with 1:42 left in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie. and he added an empty-netter in the final minute.
Oilers 3, Avalanche 1
DENVER (AP)—Devan Dubnyk had a season-high 40 saves and defencemen Cam Barker and Andy Sutton each scored their first goals of the season for Edmonton.
Ryan Smyth added a goal and two assists to help the Oilers win their fourth straight.
Ryan O’Reilly scored for Colorado, which leads the league with six road wins but fell to 0-3 at home despite having a season-high 41 shots.
Both teams are off to good starts after finishing last season 29th (Colorado) and 30th (Edmonton) in the NHL last season. The game featured the first meeting between the top two picks in the NHL draft, Edmonton’s No. 1 overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog, the second overall selection.
Flames 3, Blues 1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Roman Horak had a goal and an assist and Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves as Calgary improved to 3-1-1 on its six-game homestand.
Tom Kostopoulos and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Flames. Horak, a 20-year-old rookie, had two points for the second straight game after after getting his first career goal against Colorado on Wednesday night.
Alex Steen scored his sixth of the year for St. Louis, which snapped a three-game winning streak.