CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout Tuesday night to give them 16 straight games with at least one point, matching the NHL record to start a season.
Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scored in the tiebreaker for the Blackhawks (13-0-3), who earned their third consecutive win and joined the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks as the only teams to record at least one point in the first 16 games of a season. The Ducks got off to a 12-0-4 start that year and won the Stanley Cup.
Chicago will go for the record Friday night when it hosts the San Jose Sharks for the second time in a week. But it could be without Marian Hossa for that one after the star forward had to be helped off the ice during the third period following a forearm to the back of the head from Vancouver forward Jannik Hansen.
Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa each scored in the final 2:42 of regulation for the Canucks, who opened a four-game trip with their third consecutive loss. Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist, and twin brother Henrik had two assists.
Hossa had two goals and Patrick Sharp scored in regulation for the Blackhawks, who have won seven of eight overall. Ray Emery, subbing again for injured Corey Crawford, made 29 saves to improve to 6-0 this season.
CANADIENS 3, RANGERS 1
NEW YORK (AP)—Alex Galchenyuk snapped a tie early in the third period and Montreal held off New York for its fifth consecutive win.
Montreal had 18 shots and made the most of very little offence against Henrik Lundqvist.
The Canadiens tied it late in the second on Max Pacioretty's goal and went ahead for good when Galchenyuk matched Pacioretty with his second of the season 1:48 into the third.
Carey Price was only slightly busier than Lundqvist, making 24 saves for his third win during Montreal's surge. Peter Budaj won the previous two, including a 3-0 home victory over Carolina on Monday.
Raphael Diaz added an empty-net goal with 1:06 remaining for the Canadiens, who have outscored opponents 15-5 during their streak.
Defenceman Anton Stralman netted his second of the season in the second period, but it wasn't enough for the Rangers, who played without top-line forward Rick Nash (undisclosed injury) and had a five-game point streak snapped (4-0-1).
LIGHTNING 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Steven Stamkos scored his 10th goal and Benoit Pouliot had three assists as Tampa Bay beat Toronto.
Vincent Lecavalier, Alexander Killorn and Matthew Carle also scored for the Lightning, who have won two in a row after an 0-5-1 skid.
Toronto goalie Ben Scrivens had his bid for a third consecutive shutout thwarted midway through the first period on Lecavalier's goal. The Maple Leafs, 7-3-0 on the road this year, got goals from Mikhail Grabovski and James van Riemsdyk.
JETS 2, SABRES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves to help Winnipeg snap a three-game skid with a win over Buffalo.
Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little scored for the Jets, who won for the third time in 10 games while opening a season-high five-game road swing.
Jason Pominville scored for Buffalo, once again booed by its home crowd. The Sabres are 4-10-1 in their past 15 and have dropped consecutive home games for the first time since last February.
SENATORS 3, ISLANDERS 1
OTTAWA (AP)—Andre Benoit and Dave Dziurzynski scored their first NHL goals, and Craig Anderson made 37 saves to lead Ottawa over New York.
Colin Greening also scored for the Senators.
Travis Hamonic scored for the Islanders, who got 23 saves from Rick DiPietro in his third start this season.
PREDATORS 4, RED WINGS 3, OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Shea Weber scored 44 seconds into overtime to give Nashville a victory against slumping Detroit.
Craig Smith, Gabriel Bourque and Roman Josi also scored for the Predators, who had lost their last two games. The Red Wings have dropped four straight.
Daniel Cleary, Jordin Tootoo and Pavel Datsyuk had the Detroit goals.
Coming down the right side, Weber collected the rebound of Colin Wilson's shot and beat a diving Jonas Gustavsson, who replaced injured goalie Jimmy Howard midway through the first period.
SHARKS 2, BLUES 1
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Antti Niemi made 25 saves and Tim Kennedy scored in the third period to help San Jose end a seven-game losing streak with a victory over St. Louis.
The Sharks' skid was their longest since a 10-game slide in November 2005.
Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which began the season with a franchise-record seven successive wins.
St. Louis has dropped five consecutive home games. The Blues also had a three-game winning streak halted. They were coming off a 3-0 road trip with wins in Detroit, Calgary and Vancouver.
Kennedy scored the go-ahead goal at 13:02 on a shot from the left faceoff circle that eluded goalie Jake Allen, who had won the first three starts of his career.
KINGS 3, OILERS 1
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Jeff Carter scored the go-ahead goal with 49.6 seconds remaining in regulation to lift Los Angeles over Edmonton.
After the Oilers turned the puck over at the Kings blue line, Carter beat goalie Nikolai Khabibulin through the legs with a quick shot. Los Angeles then put the game away with an empty-net goal by Jarret Stoll.
Colin Fraser also scored for the Stanley Cup champions, who have won three of four. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves.
Sam Gagner had a goal for the Oilers and Khabibulin stopped 35 shots.