Marc-Andre Fleury couldn’t help it. With the Pittsburgh Penguins’ franchise record for career shutouts in sight late in the third period against the New York Rangers on Saturday, the talented if occasionally erratic goalie let his mind drift.
‘‘I wanted it so bad,’’ Fleury said. ‘‘I tried to not jinx it. I was touching wood, but yeah I was looking forward to getting it finally.’’
The reeling Rangers offered little resistance.
Fleury stopped 23 shots for his 23d shutout — one more than Tom Barrasso — and the Penguins beat the Rangers, 3-0, for their eighth straight victory.
Beau Bennett, Pascal Dupuis, and Tyler Kennedy scored, and Dustin Jeffrey added two assists as the Penguins continued to dominate the series.
Pittsburgh has won seven consecutive meetings with New York, which lost for the fourth time in its last five games. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for the Rangers.
‘‘It’s gut-check time pretty much,’’ Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. ‘‘We’ve got to figure out what’s going on here and play with some serious desperation. We’re falling in the standings.’’
Fleury, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft, is 10-1 in his last 11 decisions and has back-to-back shutouts against the Rangers.
Canadiens 2, Devils 1 — Big defenseman Jarred Tinordi, in his NHL debut, set up Tomas Plekanec’s tiebreaking goal in the third period, and Montreal extended its winning streak to five games with a victory over host New Jersey.
Plekanec deflected a shot by the 6-foot-6-inch son of former NHL defenseman Mark Tinordi past Johan Hedberg at 6:49 after the goalie made an ill-advised clearing attempt from behind his net. Tinordi got the puck above the left circle and let it fly.
Colby Armstrong also scored for Montreal, and Carey Price made 32 saves.
Jets 5, Maple Leafs 4 — Zach Bogosian scored in the 10th round of the shootout to give visiting Winnipeg the win.
Bogosian beat James Reimer, who replaced starter Ben Scrivens to start the third period, for Winnipeg’s second goal of the shootout after Blake Wheeler scored to open the shootout.
Blackhawks 8, Stars 1 — Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa each scored twice and Chicago boosted its road record to 12-1-2 with a dominant win over Dallas.
Nick Leddy and Patrick Kane each had a goal and two assists as eight Blackhawks scored had or more points.
Senators 4, Sabres 3 — Kyle Turris scored his second goal of the game 3:54 into overtime to give visiting Ottawa the win.
Patrick Wiercioch had a goal and assist, and Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa, which won for only the second time in eight games (2-2-4).
Wild 6, Avalanche 4 — In Denver, Devin Setoguchi scored twice and added the 100th assist of his NHL career to help Minnesota hold off slumping Colorado.
Ryan Suter started a four-goal scoring spree in the first period to help the Wild win for the fourth time in five games. Cal Clutterbuck, Kyle Brodziak, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added goals.
Lightning 4, Hurricanes 1 — Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat both scored their first NHL goals, and Tampa Bay also had strikes by Nate Thompson and Teddy Purcell to snap a five-game losing streak at home.
Eric Staal scored for the Hurricanes.
Islanders 4, Panthers 3 — Casey Cizikas scored to break a third-period tie, and New York held on to beat host Florida after blowing a three-goal lead.
Cizikas took a pass from Colin McDonald from behind the net and got it past goalie Scott Clemmensen (21 saves) at 12:55.
Blues 2, Ducks 1 — Chris Stewart scored 45 seconds into overtime and Jake Allen made 27 saves, helping host St. Louis end Anaheim’s five-game winning streak.
Blue Jackets 1, Coyotes 0 — Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in regulation and overtime, then two more in the shootout to finish with his second career shutout to lift surging Columbus past visiting Phoenix. The Blue Jackets’ franchise-record point streak reached 10 games (6-0-4). Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu scored in the shootout.