Published — Tuesday 26 February 2013
Last update 26 February 2013 2:53 am
CHICAGO: Having broken the NHL record for the best start to a season, the Chicago Blackhawks showed no let-up on Sunday, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 to stretch their points streak to 18 games.
Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 28 saves, and Andrew Shaw scored the sole goal as the Blackhawks remained unbeaten in regulation this season.
Elsewhere, Detroit put eight goals past Northwest Division-leading Vancouver, Sidney Crosby starred in Pittsburgh’s win over Tampa Bay, and Anaheim needed overtime to beat Colorado and extend its winning streak to six.
Chicago’s Shaw scored the winner in the second period for the Blackhawks, who have won their past nine against Columbus. The 18-game point streak is also a team record for the Blackhawks, who have only lost in shootouts this season.
The Blue Jackets, who have an NHL-low 12 points, went 0-for-5 on the power play.
Detroit’s Damien Brunner had two goals and two assists, and Joakim Andersson also scored twice as the Red Wings pummeled the Vancouver Canucks 8-3.
Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall had a goal and two assists each, Daniel Cleary added a goal and an assist, and Jordin Tootoo also scored for Detroit, which netted three power-play goals in the second period to take the lead.
Daniel Sedin had two goals, and Chris Higgins also scored for Vancouver.
Pittsburgh’s Crosby had two goals and an assist to lead the Penguins past the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3, making up for the absence of injured star Evgeni Malkin.
Beau Bennett scored his first career goal on a power play to help Pittsburgh take over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. Matt Cooke and defenseman Paul Martin each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have won five of six to tie Montreal for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Malkin is out indefinitely after slamming back-first into the end boards during Friday’s win over Florida.
Steven Stamkos had three points for Tampa Bay, with his 13th goal and two assists. Stamkos and John Tavares of the New York Islanders are tied for the NHL lead in goals.
Cory Conacher, the NHL’s leading scorer among rookies, and defenseman Eric Brewer also scored for the Lightning, who are tied with Carolina for first place in the Southeast Division.
Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf scored the tying goal in the third period and set up Corey Perry’s second of the game in overtime to lift the Ducks over the Colorado Rockies 4-3, notching their 10th win in 11 games.
The Ducks have the NHL’s second-best record behind the Chicago Blackhawks.
Teemu Selanne scored his 668th career goal, tying Luc Robitaille for 11th place on the NHL list. It also was his 250th power-play goal, breaking a tie with Phil Esposito for third place.
John Mitchell, Cody McLeod and P.A. Parenteau scored for Colorado.
Winnipeg’s Evander Kane scored a breakaway goal in the second period, and Andrew Ladd added some insurance in the third to lift the Jets to a 4-2 win at the New Jersey Devils.
Boston’s Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic scored first-period goals to set up the Bruins for a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers.
Carolina defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti’s first NHL goal snapped a tie midway through the third period, and the Hurricanes rallied to beat the New York Islanders 4-2 and snap a three-game losing streak.
Calgary’s Jarome Iginla scored twice, and Calgary netted goals 23 seconds apart in the final 2 minutes to rally for a 5-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.