In this Jan. 12, 2016, photo, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville directs his team during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, in Chicago. The 57-year-old former defenseman is the right coach in the right place at the right time. "He's been, obviously, huge for a lot of us," star winger Patrick Kane said. "Coming in here when we were at a young age, I think he taught a lot of us a specific way to play without taking away any creativity or freedom. ... He's been great with us, and we're very lucky and fortunate to have him." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
MONTREAL (AP) Jonathan Toews scored, Corey Crawford made 39 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night to extend their winning streak to nine games and move Joel Quenneville into sole possession of second place in career coaching victories.
Quenneville has 783 wins, one more than Al Arbour but still well behind leader Scotty Bowman's 1,244.
The Blackhawks haven't lost since Dec. 27 against Carolina and will try to make it 10 straight Friday night in Toronto. Ryan Garbutt also scored in the first period.
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Paul Byron scored but Montreal fell to 5-14 since Dec. 1 despite a spirited effort against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Shots were 40-33 in favor of the Canadiens and both Crawford and Montreal's Mike Condon had strong performances in net.