Blackhawks make it 11-straight, Lightning see off Panthers


Patrick Kane scored his 29th goal of the season as he helped the Chicago Blackhawks to an 11th-straight NHL win in a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

The streak matches a franchise record set between February and March of 2013.

Jonathan Toews was in top form as he notched two goals of his own in the second period to put daylight between the Blackhawks and the Canadiens.

Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty got the goals for Montreal, but it was not enough to avoid a sixth loss in 10 games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning has proven its recent form is no fluke, notching a fifth straight win by defeating the Florida Panthers 3-1.

The Panthers suddenly seem short of ideas after putting together a 12-game winning streak, and have now lost three in a row.

Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was in terrific form as he made 27 saves to restrict the Panthers to one goal via Nick Bjugstad, while Nikita Kucherov (2) and Andrej Sustr scored the goals for Tampa Bay.

The Pittsburgh Penguins completed an emphatic shutout as they smashed the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0, with Sidney Crosby scoring his 13th and 14th goals of the regular season.

There were two shootouts during the Sunday's action as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 while the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Detroit Red Wings by the same score.

A strong second period from the Los Angeles Kings set up a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

A scoreless first period preceded a four-goal second, as Vincent Lecavalier, Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar scored to put the Kings 3-1 up heading into the final period.

The Ducks fought back well in the third, with David Perron scoring after just over five minutes to make it 3-2 and might have had an equaliser after the puck found the back of the net off the skate of Andrew Cogliano, but it was promptly ruled out.