Marcus Kruger and Jonathan Toews each scored 66 seconds apart in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks remained the NHL’s lone undefeated team in regulation by beating the Predators, 3-0, Sunday night in Nashville.
Patrick Kane also added a goal in the third as the Blackhawks wrapped up their season-high six-game road trip with their fourth straight win and improved to 10-0-2 overall and 8-0-2 away from Chicago. Goalie Corey Crawford got Chicago’s first shutout of the season and the sixth of his career, making 17 saves.
Chicago got a bit of luck as Duncan Keith’s shot from the right circle deflected off Toews in front of Pekka Rinne and went up and over the Nashville goalie into the net at 7:20 for a 2-0 lead. It was Toews’s sixth goal of the season and the 150th of his career.
Red Wings 3, Kings 2 — Detroit defeated visiting Los Angeles on a goal from Jonathan Ericsson with five seconds left — less than a minute after the defending Stanley Cup champions tied the game on Alec Martinez’s goal.
Jimmy Howard made 45 saves, his highest total in more than a year as the Red Wings won their third straight in four days.
Devils 3, Penguins 1 — Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson scored less than two minutes apart in the second period as New Jersey beat Pittsburgh for its season-high fifth straight win.
Tomas Vokoun made 20 saves in his first start at home and James Neal scored Pittsburgh’s only goal 15 seconds into the third period.
Rangers 5, Lightning 1 — Carl Hagelin had two goals and an assist, and Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves in New York’s victory over visiting Tampa Bay that extended the Lightning’s losing streak to four games.
Ryan Callahan added a breakaway goal with 4:47 left in the first, and Arron Asham and Rick Nash scored in the third for the Rangers, who have won four of six.
Oilers 3, Blue Jackets 1 — Magnus Paajarvi scored a go-ahead, shorthanded goal with 3:10 remaining and Devan Dubnyk made 39 saves as Edmonton snapped a five-game losing streak in Columbus.