Blackwood earns 2nd shutout, Devils top Canucks 4-0
Blackwood is 3-1 since joining the Devils on Dec. 18. He blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Saturday, becoming the first rookie goalie in franchise history to post back-to-back shutouts
Anders Nilsson stopped 19 shots for Vancouver.
The Devils have won three straight for the first time since their first three games of the season.
The Lightning, who have won six straight, went 12-0-1 in December and are the eighth NHL team in the last 10 years to finish a calendar month without a regulation loss after playing a minimum of eight games. They go into the new year on a 14-0-1 run and with a league-high 64 points.
Kucherov and Steven Stamkos are the first set of teammates to combine for 50 or more points in a calendar month since March 2001 when four pairs — three of which were combinations from Pittsburgh — accomplished the feat. Kucherov and Stamkos combined for 23 goals and 28 assists in December.
Danault’s two goals came nine days after his hat trick in a 4-3 overtime win at Vegas, giving him five of his seven goals this season in that span.
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin were on the ice for the Montreal’s winning goal in their first loss since the high-priced forwards were harshly criticized by their front office. Benn scored his team-leading 16th goal on an assist from Seguin for a 2-1 lead in the second period.
Antii Niemi stopped 45 shots against his former team in his third straight start and second win since Carey Price was sidelined with a lower-body injury.
Calgary finished the calendar year first in the Pacific Division, two points up on Vegas and three ahead of the Sharks.
Trotz picked up his 783rd career victory and moved passed Islanders franchise legend Al Arbour on the list.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists, Viktor Arvidsson and Rocco Grimaldi each added a goal and an assist as Nashville scored five unanswered goals to break its six-game losing streak.
HURRICANES 3, FLYERS 1
Curtis McElhinney stopped 22 shots for the Hurricanes.
Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia, which lost for the third time in four games and fell to 3-3-1 under interim coach Scott Gordon. Carter Hart started in the nets for the Flyers, but allowed three goals on 10 shots and was replaced by Michal Neuvirth, who stopped all 23 shots he faced.
Casey DeSmith made 31 saves for Pittsburgh, which tied its season high with its fourth straight road win.
Kessel has three points in each of his past three games and Crosby has four straight games with multiple points for the Penguins, who have won eight of their past 10 games, a season-high six games in a row and finished December 11-3-1.
New York has won consecutive games for the first time since taking three in a row from Nov. 17-21.
The Rangers had allowed at least four goals in eight of their past 11 games before shutting down St. Louis. The Blues have 11 home losses in regulation this season, tying them with the Coyotes and Kings for most in the NHL.
The only goal Lundqvist gave up came at 10:08 of the first period when the Blues went ahead 1-0. David Perron fed Ryan O’Reilly, who fired a slap shot from the left faceoff circle for his 15th goal. O’Reilly has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last seven games against Rangers.
Pierre-Luc Dubois had a career-high two goals and two assists as the Blue Jackets won for the sixth time in seven games and moved within two points of Washington atop the Metropolitan Division. Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson got empty-net goals in the final minute to turn it into a rout for surging Columbus.
Rookie Marcus Hogberg — who made his first career start Saturday against Washington — didn’t play badly, finishing with 32 saves.
DETROIT (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in a shootout to give Florida a comeback win over struggling Detroit.
Jared McCann, Henrik Borgstrom and Jayce Hawryluk scored in the second period for the Panthers, who have won six of eight. Roberto Luongo allowed three goals on eight shots before being replaced by James Reimer to start the second. Reimer stopped 12 shots and all three attempts in the tiebreaker.
Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck robbed Draisaitl in tight with 23 seconds left to preserve the win.
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