How Canadian NHL teams fared last night
Canadiens can't ground Blackhawks; Jets get OT reprieve
Four Canadian NHL teams played Thursday night, two at home, two on the road. Here's a look at how the Canadiens, Canucks, Jets and Oilers fared last night.
Canadiens can't stop Blackhawks streak
A pair of first-period goals and 39 saves by Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford proved enough for the Blackhawks to win their ninth game in a row, 2-1, at the Canadiens expense at Montreal's Bell Centre.
Jonathan Toews and Ryan Garbutt had the Blackhawks goals, sandwiched around a score by the Canadiens' Paul Byron.
Crawford, from Chateauguay, Que. extended his streak (4-0-2) of never losing to the Canadiens in regulation with his effort. Mike Condon stopped 31 shots in goal for the Canadiens.
Canucks topped by Capitals
The Washington Capitals stretched their win streak to five with a 4-1 victory of the Vancouver Canucks. After Alex Ovechkin's 500th goal earlier in the week, compatriot Evgeny Kuznetsov led the scoring with two goals and an assist. Tom Wilson and Braden Holtby scored the Capitals' other two goals.
Radim Vrbata scored the Canucks' lone goal and Ryan Miller stopped 36 shots in his first game back after a groin injury kept him away from action for eight games.
Blake Wheeler nets OT winner vs. Predators
The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Nashville Predators 5-4 with a goal from Blake Wheeler in overtime, saving the team for what would have been an embarrassing third-period meltdown to divisional rivals.
The Predators scored three goals in the third period to recover from a 4-1 deficit, sending the game into overtime. Wheeler's goal game quickly, just 51 seconds into extra time.
Dustin Byfuglien scored twice during regulation, his first since Dec. 18, but left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return.
Sharks bite another Canadian foe
Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi of the San Jose Sharks scored shootout goals while Martin Jones stopped two Edmonton Oilers attempts as San Jose defeated Edmonton 2-1.
It was a fourth consecutive victory for the Shark over a Canadian team in 2016 as they've ripped through Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg and now Edmonton.
Nail Yakupov scored the only goal for the Oilers as he returned to the lineup after being injured.