Blackhawks match NHL points record to start season

Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec flashed his glove to rob Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson on this attempt.
Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec flashed his glove to rob Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson on this attempt.
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The Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, in a shootout Tuesday night in Chicago 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 shootout for the Blackhawks (13-0-3), who earned their third consecutive win and joined the 2006-07 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 went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Chicago will go for the record Friday night when it hosts the Sharks for the second time in a week. But it could be without star forward Marian Hossa for that one after the winger 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.

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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.

After Jonathan Toews of Chicago and Jordan Schroeder of Vancouver were denied in the shootout, Kane skated in on Cory Schneider and tried to stuff one in close to the goal. It was waved off as the puck trickled into the net, leading to boos from the sellout crowd and an exasperated reaction from Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

Replays showed Schneider knocked it in with his glove, and the officials put the goal on the board after a short review.

Chris Higgins then converted his chance for the Canucks, and Shaw put the Blackhawks ahead once again with a nice backhander. That put all the pressure on Ryan Kesler, whose shot was gloved by Ray Emery to end the game.

Patrick Sharp scored in regulation for the second time in two games for the Blackhawks, who have won seven of eight overall. Emery, subbing again for Corey Crawford, made 29 saves to improve to 6-0 this season.

Canadiens 3, Rangers 1 — Alex Galchenyuk snapped a tie early in the third period and Montreal beat host New York for its fifth consecutive win.

Montreal had 18 shots and made the most of very little offense against Henrik Lundqvist.

The Canadiens tied it late in the second period 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, and made 24 saves for his third win in the Canadiens’ 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, in their streak.

Jets 2, Sabres 1 — Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves to help Winnipeg snap a three-game skid with a win in Buffalo.

Andrew Ladd’s goal that made it 2-0 early in the second period stood up as the winner, and Bryan Little also scored for Winnipeg. The Jets 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 4-9-1 in their past 14 and have dropped consecutive home games for the first time since last February.

Predators 4, Red Wings 3 — Shea Weber scored 44 seconds into overtime to give host Nashville a victory over slumping Detroit.

Craig Smith, Gabriel Bourque, and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville, which had lost its last two games. The Red Wings have dropped four straight.

Daniel Cleary, Jordin Tootoo, and Pavel Datsyuk had the Detroit goals.

Sharks 2, Blues 1 — Antti Niemi made 25 saves and Tim Kennedy scored in the third period to help San Jose end a seven-game winless streak with a victory in St. Louis.

The Sharks’ seven-game skid was their longest streak since a 10-game run Nov. 5-30, 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.

Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 2 — Steven Stamkos scored his 10th goal and Benoit Pouliot had three assists as host Tampa Bay rolled.

Senators 3, Islanders 1 — Andre Benoit and Dave Dziurzynski scored their first NHL goals and Craig Anderson made 37 saves for host Ottawa.

Kings 3, Oilers 1 — Jeff Carter scored with 50 seconds left to snap a 1-1 tie and Jarrett Stoll added an empty-netter 28 seconds later as visiting Los Angeles toppled Edmonton.