Peter Bondra scored his 500th NHL goal early in the third period to snap a 1-all tie and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, last night.
Bondra, signed by Chicago as a free agent Dec. 10, drove to the net and rammed a rebound of Jassen Cullimore's shot from the left point past Jean-Sebastien Aubin 5 minutes 37 seconds into the third. Bondra became the 37th player in league history to reach the 500-goal mark.
Bryan Smolinski, who had a shorthanded goal, and Brent Seabrook scored for Chicago, which improved to 8-2-3 under coach Denis Savard.
John Pohl scored a power-play goal for Toronto, which had eight man-advantages compared to three for Chicago.
Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin blocked 25 shots, twice stopping Toronto's leading goal scorer, Darcy Tucker, point-blank -- including on a first-period breakaway.
Devils 4, Capitals 1 -- New Jersey shut down Alex Ovechkin, continued to click on the power play, and pulled itself out of a funk as Patrik Elias's tip-in snapped a second-period tie in Washington.
Travis Zajac and Zach Parise had power-play goals for the Devils, who have scored on the power play in a season-high five straight games. New Jersey has nine man-advantage goals during its streak, seven in its last three games.
Chris Clark scored for Washington, which has dropped two straight after going 7-1-1. Ovechkin had his point-scoring streak snapped at a season-high eight games.
Brian Gionta also scored for the Devils, who had lost four of their last five games.
Hurricanes 5, Islanders 1 -- Rod Brind'Amour had a goal and two assists and host Carolina scored four power-play goals in a victory over New York.
Justin Williams scored his fifth goal in a five-game span for the Hurricanes, who outshot New York, 35-25, and matched a season high with their third straight win.
Chris Simon scored for the Islanders, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.
Blue Jackets 3, Canucks 2 -- Anson Carter had a goal and an assist and host Columbus handed Vancouver its third straight loss.
Aaron Johnson and Rick Nash also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had lost three of their last four games.
Red Wings 3, Wild 1 -- In Detroit, Dan Cleary broke a tie with a shorthanded goal in the second period, and Dominik Hasek made 34 saves to help the Red Wings beat Minnesota.