Raanta has 1st shutout since March as Canes top Blackhawks


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Antti Raanta made 24 saves for his first shutout since March and the Carolina Hurricanes beat…

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Antti Raanta made 24 saves for his first shutout since March and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

Martin Necas, Jesper Fast and Jordan Martinook scored to help the Hurricanes extend their franchise-record points streak to 15 games.

Raanta, making his third consecutive start, had his 16th career shutout. He faced only seven shots in both the first and third periods.

The Blackhawks, who were aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since late October, have lost nine of 10, with three of those defeats by shutout. Chicago goalie Petr Mrazek made 46 saves against one of his former teams.


NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Johansson, defenseman Erik Gustafsson and Lars Eller scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 32 saves as surging Washington beat New York for its sixth straight road win.

Conor Sheary had a short-handed empty-net goal for the Capitals, who have won 10 of 11 overall and are 13-3-1 since Nov. 23.

Kuemper improved to 7-1-0 in eight career games against the Rangers with his third shutout this season and the 28th of his career.

New York had won eight of nine and four straight at home.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Alex DeBrincat was the only player to score in the shootout and Ottawa beat Boston to snap a three-game skid.

DeBrincat and Tim Stutzle scored second-period goals for the Senators (15-16-3) while Cam Talbot made 49 saves, including 26 in the third period alone.

Jake DeBrusk and Pavel Zacha scored for the Bruins. Zacha tied it at 2-2 with 3:33 left in the game. Jeremy Swayman made 30 saves for the NHL-best Bruins, whose four-game winning streak ended.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid scored his league-leading 31st goal on a power play in the third period and Edmonton beat Calgary.

McDavid’s 16-game point streak (15 goals, 17 assists) is the longest active streak in the NHL and one short of his career high.

Tyson Barrie, with his 100th career goal, also scored for the Oilers.

Mikael Backlund scored the lone goal for Calgary, which had its four-game point streak snapped.

Stuart Skinner made 46 stops for Edmonton. Jacob Markstrom had 20 stops for the Flames.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — William Nylander scored on a breakaway with 57 seconds left in overtime and Toronto beat St. Louis.

Justin Holl, Alexander Kerfoot, Calle Jarnkrok and John Tavares also scored for Toronto, and Ilya Samsonov made 30 saves as the Leafs won their third straight to improve to 10-2-1 in December.

Jordan Kyrou, Calle Rosen, Ryan O’Reilly and Justin Faulk scored for the Blues, who dropped their third straight after winning four in a row.

Toronto’s TJ Brodie was awarded a penalty shot 1:24 into overtime after being tripped by Kyrou, but Jordan Binnington got his right pad on the puck. Binnington had 32 saves.


NEW YORK (AP) — Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee each scored twice, Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist and New York beat Pittsburgh.

Hudson Fasching and Brock Nelson each had two assists and Ilya Sorokin made 19 saves in his 100th NHL appearance. New York has won two in a row.

Pierre-Olivier Joseph scored for Pittsburgh and Tristan Jarry made 38 saves, but the Penguins fell for the third time in four games after starting December with a seven-game winning streak.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roope Hintz scored his second goal of the game with 52.3 seconds left and Dallas beat Nashville.

Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist and Jake Oettinger made 26 saves for the Stars, winners of three of four.

Filip Forsberg and Yakov Trenin scored and Juuse Saros made 30 saves for Nashville, losers of two straight.

In the final minute, Hintz found a loose puck on the right side and fired it by Saros.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Carcone scored in his first NHL game, Nick Schmaltz had his second power-play goal in two games Arizona ended Colorado’s winning streak at four.

Shayne Gostisbehere, Lawson Crouse, J.J. Moser and Clayton Keller also scored for Arizona, Connor Ingram made 26 saves and Jacob Chychrun had three assists to reach 102 for his career. The Coyotes have won two straight and are 5-1-1 at home in 5,000-seat Mullett Arena.

Evan Rodrigues, Cole Makar and Mikko Rantanen scored for the Avalanche. Colorado is 6-3-1 since forward Nathan MacKinnon went out with an upper-body injury Dec. 5.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jared Spurgeon, Mats Zuccarello and Frederick Gaudreau each had a goal and an assist and Minnesota handed Winnipeg its first-three game skid of the season.

Samuel Walker scored his first NHL goal for the Wild, who are 7-1-0 in their past eight games. Sam Steel contributed a pair of assists.

Filip Gustavsson made 31 saves in his 14th game of the season for Minnesota.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for the Jets, who are 1-4-0 in their last five.


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