Blackhawks continue soaring point streak with victory over Blue Jackets
APCHICAGO -- Corey Crawford made 28 saves, and Andrew Shaw scored the only goal as the Chicago Blackhawks stretched their NHL-record, season-opening point streak to 18 games with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.
February 26, 2013, 12:15 am TWN
Crawford earned his seventh NHL shutout and second this season in his first start since Feb. 12. He outdueled Columbus' Steve Mason, who stopped 26 shots.
Shaw provided all the offense in the second period for Blackhawks (15-0-3), who haven't lost in regulation time this season and have earned 33 of 36 possible points. Chicago has won nine straight against Columbus, dating to Feb. 18, 2011.
The Blackhawks set the league record with at least one point in the first 17 games of a season when they beat San Jose 2-1 on Friday.
The 18-game point streak is also a team record for the Blackhawks, who have only lost in shootouts this season.
The Blue Jackets (5-12-2), who have an NHL-low 12 points, went 0-for-5 on the power play.
Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2 In Uniondale, Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti's first NHL goal snapped a tie midway through the third period, and Carolina rallied to beat the New York Islanders and snap a three-game losing streak.
Sanguinetti fired a snap shot from the top of the right circle over the glove hand of goalie Kevin Poulin at 10:17. The 24-year-old defenseman, who has battled injuries throughout his career, had one assist in 20 NHL games before Sunday.
Alexander Semin completed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 30 seconds left.
John Tavares and Matt Moulson had given the Islanders a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, and New York seemed on its way to a third straight victory.
But Eric and Jordan Staal scored 45 seconds apart late in the second period to tie it at 2.
The Islanders (8-10-1) are an NHL-worst 2-7 at home.
Bruins 4, Panthers 1 Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic scored first-period goals, and Boston beat Florida.
Chris Kelly had a power-play goal in the second, and Daniel Paille added an empty-net goal in the third. Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots for the Bruins, who won their third straight game.
Tomas Kopecky scored a goal for Florida and Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves in his second consecutive start for the Panthers, who have lost seven of eight and five in a row at home.
Paille added a short-handed, empty-net goal with 1:37 left after the Panthers pulled Markstrom for a 6-on-4 skating advantage.