Capitals win eighth straight, Rangers downed
The Washington Capitals recorded their eighth straight NHL win as the Toronto Maple Leafs continued their strong record on the road.
The Capitals extended their winning streak in some style, thrashing the Chicago Blackhawks 6-0 on Friday.
The Maple Leafs made it seven wins in eight road games with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were also among the winners.
CAPITALS CRUSH CHICAGO
The Capitals scored three goals in the first period to cruise to their win.
Jay Beagle finished with two goals to go with efforts from Nicklas Backstrom, Brett Connolly, Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie.
Braden Holtby made 24 saves in the shutout.
The Maple Leafs are enjoying being on the road.
That continued in New York, where William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk, Connor Brown and Connor Carrick scored.
Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots for Toronto.
KORPISALO STEPS UP
With Sergei Bobrovsky out due to illness, the Blue Jackets needed Joonas Korpisalo to overcome the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1.
Korpisalo made 31 saves as Josh Anderson, Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner scored in the comeback win.
CAPITALS ON A ROLL
HURRICANES, COYOTES WIN
The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2, the Arizona Coyotes were too good for the Winnipeg Jets 4-3, the New Jersey Devils edged the Calgary Flames 2-1 and the New York Islanders had a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
RANGERS HEAD TO MONTREAL
The New York Rangers (28-14-1) face another test on Saturday, taking on the Montreal Canadiens (26-11-6) at Centre Bell.