Eaves leads Stars to another win, Caps extend streak


The Dallas Stars continued their good form courtesy of a 4-2 win at the Chicago Blackhawks.

A hat-trick from Patrick Eaves stole the show as a first-period blitz guided the Stars to their sixth win in eight games in the NHL on Thursday.

The Stars scored all their goals in the first period as Eaves and John Klingberg scored inside the first 10 minutes to give the visitors a dream start in Chicago.

It only got better as Eaves added two more before the first intermission and despite having two thirds of the game to reply, the Blackhawks could only get on the scoreboard in the third period as Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane combined to halve the deficit.

The Washington Capitals won their fifth-straight game as they beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3.

Alex Ovechkin posted a hat-trick of his own, taking his tally for the season to 34 goals, as he scored all three goals in the second period to hand the Capitals a commanding 3-1 lead going into the final period.

But the Wild were stubborn as Ryan Suter reduced the deficit before Jason Chimera scored the eventual winner in the 19th minute.

The Boston Bruins cruised past the Winnipeg Jets 6-2.

Elsewhere, the Colorado Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets had tight 4-3 wins as they beat the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks respectively.

The Avalanche won in regulation, while the Blue Jackets needed a shoot-out.

The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1, the New York Islanders defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-2, the Edmonton Oilers accounted for the Toronto Maple Leafs by the same scoreline and the Calgary Flames trumped the San Jose Sharks 6-5 in a shoot-out.