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Leafs blank Canadiens, win sixth in row

Toronto Maple Leafs' Ron Hainsey (2) celebrates with teammates Dominic Moore (20), Tyler Bozak (42) and Morgan Rielly (44) after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) It took Auston Matthews only two periods to get into his groove.

Back after missing four games with an upper body injury, Matthews scored twice in the third period to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 Saturday night for their sixth straight win.

Ron Hainsey and Nazem Kadri scored 37 seconds apart in the second period, and James van Riemsdyk and Connor Brown also scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots for his second straight shutout.


Ovechkin bloodied as Caps end Wild's run

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin got stitched up, and so did the Washington Capitals after a rough road trip.

Ovechkin returned after taking a puck to the face and T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist as the Capitals snapped out of a recent funk and ended the Minnesota Wild's winning streak at four with a 3-1 victory Saturday night.


Blackhawks win eighth straight vs. Pens

PITTSBURGH (AP) It was an adventurous night for Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

Crawford briefly left the game in the second period after a collision. He returned and was interfered with during an apparent tying goal that was waved off and then stood firm during a late surge to secure the win.


Blues beat Canucks on Schenn's OT goal

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Brayden Schenn continues to make quite an impression on his new teammates.

Schenn scored at 2:41 of overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.


Isles hold on to end Tampa's 5-game run

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Islanders coach Doug Weight had a simple message after a big lead was slipping away: Stay calm.

Anders Lee scored twice and the Islanders held on after nearly blowing a four-goal lead, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Saturday night.


Monahan has hat trick, Flames top Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and the rest of the Calgary Flames had something to prove after getting embarrassed in Detroit on Wednesday night.

Monahan recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career, Gaudreau picked up a goal and two assists to extend his points streak to a career-high nine games, and Michael Frolik scored 1:18 into overtime to provide the margin of victory in Calgary's 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.


Jets get 5 in 2nd vs. Devils, run hits 4

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) A little chat for Winnipeg's fourth line paid off in a big way.

Matt Hendricks and Mathieu Perreault scored and Joel Armia finished with two assists, helping the Jets beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.


Khudobin sharp as Bruins beat Sharks 3-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Anton Khudobin enjoyed getting pestered with shots early. He didn't have time to let his mind wander.

Khudobin stopped 36 shots to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.


Coyotes' Duclair caps hat track in OT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Anthony Duclair gave the lowly Arizona Coyotes another two points.

Duclair scored in overtime to complete a hat trick and the Coyotes beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday for their second straight victory.


Smith, Rinne lift surging Preds past Avs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Craig Smith keeps putting himself in the right spot for the Nashville Predators.

Smith had a goal and an assist, Pekka Rinne made 29 saves and Nashville beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Saturday night.

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