WASHINGTON (AP) Braden Holtby’s iron-man run produced another shutout as he made 21 saves in his 20th consecutive start and lifted the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
Holtby put up his fourth blank slate of the season, including three since he became too hot to rest. Jason Chimera’s first-period goal was all the offense the Capitals needed as they won for the 14th time in 19 games overall and for the seventh straight home game.
Holtby is 14-2-4 during his starting streak, and he hasn’t allowed more than one goal in his last three games. He also played in his 26th connective game, extending his franchise record.
Holtby was nearly matched by Flyers goalie Rob Zepp, the 33-year-old rookie who filled in for the second straight game while Steve Mason is out because of an upper-body injury. Zepp made 25 saves, including a terrific left pad save on Eric Fehr late in the second period.
CANADIENS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Max Pacioretty scored two power-play goals, and P.K. Subban added another – all in a span of 3:53 of the third period – to lead Montreal to a comeback victory over Columbus.
Carey Price made 14 saves, and Andrei Markov had two assists for the Canadiens, who have earned points in eight of nine games and 11 of 13.
Ryan Johansen scored a third-period, power-play goal to extend his career-best point streak to 11 games. Kevin Connauton also had a goal for Columbus on its first shot of the game. Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves and lost his shutout bid with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Canadiens, who had seven power plays, scored on three consecutive advantages in the third period to overcome a 2-0 deficit. They came in ranked 28th in the NHL on the power play.
DUCKS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Corey Perry scored three goals and Frederik Andersen made 28 saves for his second career shutout in Anaheim’s blanking of Toronto.
Kyle Palmieri also scored in the Ducks’ fourth victory in five games, putting them back atop the overall NHL standings alongside Nashville.
Capping his league-leading third hat trick of the season with an empty-net goal, Perry took over the team lead with 18 goals this season despite missing 15 games with illness and injury.
His second goal was a breakaway set up by a long, beautiful backhand pass from captain Ryan Getzlaf, who had two assists in Anaheim’s first win over Toronto in seven tries.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 21 shots for the Maple Leafs, 1-3 under new coach Peter Horachek.
Andersen earned his 44th victory in just 64 career games. He also got an assist on Perry’s empty-netter that completed the forward’s eighth career hat trick.
DEVILS 5, KINGS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Steve Bernier netted his first two power-play goals of the season, and New Jersey scored three times during a 68-second span of the second period in a victory over Los Angeles.
Martin Havlat, Michael Cammalleri and Michael Ryder also scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider made 23 saves.
The Kings’ goals were scored by Marian Gaborik, Justin Williams and captain Dustin Brown, who ended a 17-game drought. The defending Stanley Cup champions have played 20 consecutive games without being outshot but are 8-7-5 during that stretch.
It was the third meeting between the teams since the Kings beat the Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu didn’t make the trip for the three-game West Coast swing because of the flu.