NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Tuesday night for their franchise-record 12th straight win.
Chicago tied the Florida Panthers' recent streak for the longest in the NHL this season. The league record is 17 consecutive wins by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.
Rookie forward Richard Panik had a goal and an assist, Artem Anisimov also scored and Artemi Panarin added two assists for Chicago. Andrew Desjardins scored into an empty net, and Corey Crawford won his ninth straight.
Ryan Ellis scored for Nashville, which has lost six of seven.
CAPITALS 6, BLUE JACKETS 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Nicklas Backstrom scored twice, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby earned his league-leading 30th win to lift NHL-best Washington past last-place Columbus.
Marcus Johansson added a goal and an assist, and Jason Chimera and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Capitals, off to the best start in franchise history at 35-8-3. Evgeny Kuznetsov had a career-high four assists, and Matt Niskanen chipped in with two. Holtby made 32 saves.
Kerby Rychel had a goal and an assist, and Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray also scored for Columbus, which was attempting to match its longest winning streak of the season at three games.
The Blue Jackets also welcomed back their No. 1 goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, who missed 17 games with a groin injury.
KINGS 3, STARS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Milan Lucic scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Anze Kopitar added two assists to his recent scoring tear during Los Angeles' victory over Dallas.
Vincent Lecavalier scored a power-play goal for the third straight game, and Drew Doughty also scored in Los Angeles' ninth win in 12 games since Christmas. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings, who opened a 12-point lead atop the Pacific Division despite playing in their third game in four days.
Ales Hemsky and Cody Eakin scored first-period goals for the Stars, who have lost a season-worst four straight and seven of eight. Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots in the playoff contenders' first meeting of the season.
BRUINS 4, CANADIENS 1
MONTREAL (AP) – Patrice Bergeron broke a 1-all tie in the second period and Boston downed slumping Montreal, leaving the Canadiens winless in five games.
Max Talbot, David Pasternak and Brad Marchand, with an empty-net goal, also scored for the Bruins, who won their third straight and avenged a 5-1 loss to Montreal in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1. The teams wore their Winter Classic jerseys in the rematch.
Mark Barberio scored for the Canadiens, who led their division with a 19-4-3 record in early December, but are in a 4-16-1 funk. Montreal outshot the Bruins 39-24.
LIGHTNING 6, OILERS 4
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Brian Boyle scored a go-ahead, short-handed goal in the third period and Tampa Bay beat Edmonton to extend its winning streak to a season-high six games.
The Lightning also got goals from Nikita Nesterov, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Vladislav Namestnikov and Alex Killorn.
Tampa Bay will host Chicago on Thursday night in the Blackhawks' first game in Tampa since beating the Lightning in last season's Stanley Cup Final.
Zack Kassian, Mark Letestu, Leon Draisaitl and Iiro Pakarinen scored for Edmonton.
The Oilers said center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, hurt blocking a shot in Monday's win at Florida, will miss six to eight weeks with a hand injury.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, FLYERS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Matt Hunwick's slap shot with 7.5 seconds left lifted Toronto over Philadelphia.
Hunwick's first goal of the season snapped Toronto's five-game losing streak. Joffrey Lupul and Roman Polak also scored for the Maple Leafs.
Matt Read and Shayne Gostisbehere scored the Flyers, who lost for just the second time in seven games and failed to crack the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
James Reimer stopped 31 shots for Toronto.
RANGERS 3, CANUCKS 2, OT
NEW YORK (AP) – J.T. Miller scooped up his own rebound and scored on a wraparound 3:54 into overtime, and New York rallied for a victory over Vancouver.
Mats Zuccarello tied the game in the third period for the Rangers, who outshot the Canucks 49-20 – including 19-3 in the third period and overtime.
Derek Stepan also scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves.
Ryan Miller was outstanding in defeat for Vancouver. He made 46 saves, one fewer than he had in a win over the New York Islanders on Sunday.
Andrew Burrows and Sven Baertschi scored for the Canucks, who played without captain Henrik Sedin. He is sidelined with an upper-body injury.
DEVILS 4, FLAMES 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Cory Schneider made nine of his 26 saves in the third period to lead New Jersey over Calgary.
Adam Larsson, Lee Stempniak, Reid Boucher and Andy Greene scored for the Devils, who have won two straight after dropping three in a row.
Sean Monahan and Kris Russell scored for the Flames, who have lost four of five to drop to 20-21-3. Jonas Hiller stopped 22 shots.