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Carey Price made 17 saves for his second straight shutout, and the Canadiens ended New York’s seven-game winning streak with a 4-0 win over the Rangers last night in Montreal.
Brian Gionta scored twice and Erik Cole and Tomas Plekanec each had a power-play goal and assist for Montreal, which is on a 4-1-1 run. Scott Gomez had two assists.
Price, who was rested for the third time this season in Thursday’s road loss to the New York Islanders, extended his shutout streak to 132 minutes, 30 seconds - including a 33-save effort in a 4-0 win over Buffalo on Wednesday. It was his 14th NHL regular-season shutout.
Rangers backup Martin Biron lost for the first time four starts. He stopped 27 shots after entering with a 0.95 goals-against-average and .962 save percentage.
Oilers 9, Blackhawks 2 - Taylor Hall had a hat trick, Jordan Eberle had a goal and three assists, and rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins set up five goals for host Edmonton, which broke a four-game skid in a big way with a rout of Chicago.
Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Ryan Smyth, Tom Gilbert and Shawn Horcoff also scored for the Oilers (10-7-2), and Nikolai Khabibulin moved into a 19th-place tie with Sean Burke on the NHL career wins list.
Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland had goals for the Blackhawks (12-6-3), who have lost two in a row following a four-game winning streak.
Maple Leafs 7, Capitals 1 - Jonas Gustavsson made a career-high 40 saves, and Joffrey Lupul had a goal and three assists in host Toronto’s victory over reeling Washington, which is 1-5-1 in its last seven.
Phil Kessel added a goal and an assist.
Matt Frattin scored his first NHL goal, Cody Franson chipped in his first as member of the Maple Leafs, and Tim Connolly, Tyler Bozak and David Steckel also scored. Toronto improved to 11-7-2, winning for the first time in its last five games at Air Canada Centre.
Coyotes 4, Sabres 2 - Radim Vrbata and Paul Bissonnette scored 66 seconds apart in the second period to lift Phoenix to victory in Buffalo.
Vrbata, who also scored into an empty net, tied it at 2 at the 8:35 mark on a wrist shot from the left circle, and Bissonnette connected on a rebound to put Phoenix in front. It was Bissonnette’s first goal since Feb. 1.
Panthers 3, Penguins 2 - Stephen Weiss scored with 3:30 left in the third period and host Florida captured its first win against Pittsburgh in its last six games.
Brian Campbell and Tomas Fleischmann also scored for Florida, while Jose Theodore had 39 saves
Jets 6, Flyers 4 - Bryan Little scored twice early in the first period to help host Winnipeg beat Philadelphia.
The Flyers hadn’t lost in regulation in nine games, and had won three straight.
Devils 4, Lightning 2 - Martin Brodeur held Tampa Bay scoreless for 51 minutes, David Clarkson had a goal and an assist, and visiting New Jersey hung on to win.
Brodeur lost out on a bid to extend his NHL record to 117 shutouts when Martin St. Louis scored from in-close and cut the Lightning’s deficit to 3-1 at 8:24 of the third. Brodeur made 21 saves en route to his NHL-best 629th career win.
Red Wings 4, Kings 1 - Pavel Datsyuk had two goals, and Niklas Kronwall got the go-ahead score during a power play in the second period as Detroit napped a five-game road losing streak.
Jimmy Howard, who gave up four goals on 21 shots Thursday night at San Jose and was pulled after two periods in a 5-2 loss, was back in the nets for Detroit and made 23 saves - one on a penalty shot by Anze Kopitar at 11:06 of the second period.
Blue Jackets 4, Predators 3 - James Wisniewski scored at 2:43 of overtime and Columbus took its first road win against Nashville in more than five years.
R.J. Umberger, Jeff Carter and Vinny Prospal scored for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a 17-game losing streak in Nashville - the longest such active streak in the NHL.
Sharks 4, Stars 1 - Brent Burns and Logan Couture each scored a power-play goal, Antti Niemi stopped 30 shots and San Jose extended host Dallas’s losing streak to five games.
Brad Winchester and Jamie McGinn added even-strength goals, while Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau contributed two assists apiece as San Jose improved to 5-1-1 in its last seven.
Wild 3, Blues 2 - Mikko Koivu scored twice and Matt Cullen netted the winner in the shootout as host Minnesota beat St. Louis.
Koivu tied the game with 1:38 to play with a power-play goal, and then scored in the shootout.