Defending champ Blues beat Jets 4-1 for 8th straight victory

The Associated Press
St. Louis Blues winger Jaden Schwartz (17) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with Blues' Brayden Schenn (10) and St. Louis Blues center Jordan Kyrou (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Dilip Vishwanat)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz scored twice and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Sunday for their season-best eighth straight victory.

Ryan O'Reilly and Robert Thomas also scored for St. Louis. The defending champion Blues improved to 26-8-6, outscoring opponents 32-16 during the winning streak. They had a seven-game streak Oct. 27-Nov. 9.

Nicholas Shore scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for Winnipeg. The Jets have lost five of six to fall to 21-15-3.

Schwartz gave the Blues a 2-1 lead with 4:51 left in the second period, taking a feed from Jordan Kyrou on a two-on-one break and beating Hellebuyck through the legs.

Schwartz added an empty-netter with 30 seconds remaining. He has 13 goals, two more than all of last season. In a six-game points streak, he has four goals and eight assists.

BRUINS 3, SABRES 2

BOSTON (AP) — Jake DeBrusk scored two power-play goals 18 seconds apart early in the third period and Boston completed a home-and-home sweep of Buffalo.

David Pastrnak added his NHL-leading 29th goal and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for the Bruins. They have earned at least one point in each of their last seven games, going 4-0-3.

Rasmus Ristolainen and Curtis Lazar scored for the Sabres. They have lost six of seven.

ISLANDERS 3, WILD 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Pulock and Matt Martin scored a 1:37 span early in the third period and struggling New York rallied to beat Minnesota.

Tom Kuhnhackl scored late and Semyon Varlamov stopped 25 shots for New York. The Islanders won for the second time in its past six games.

Ryan Donato scored for the Wild.

LIGHTNING 2, RED WINGS 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point scored a power-play goal in the third period and Tampa Bay beat Detroit for its third straight victory.

Tampa Bay has won 16 consecutive regular-season games against the Red Wings, the longest winning streak in Lightning franchise history against one opponent. and the third-longest in NHL history.

Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay, and Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves. Jonathan Bernier stopped 37 shots for Detroit, and Robby Fabbri scored.

PANTHERS 6, CANADIENS 5

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals in just over 30 seconds and added two assists, and Florida’s top line had a nine-point game against Montreal.

Aleksander Barkov had two goals and an assist and Mike Matheson added a goal and two assists. Noel Acciari also scored and Evgenii Dadonov finished with two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves.

The top line of Huberdeau, Barkov and Dadonov had four goals and five assists.

Jeff Petry had a goal and two assists, Tomas Tatar and Max Domi each added a goal and an assist, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Shea Weber also scored for Montreal.

BLACKHAWKS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2, SO

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored shootout goals in Chicago’ victory over Columbus.

Chicago goalie Robin Lehner stopped Nathan Gerbe in the third round of the tiebreaker to seal the win. Lehner made 31 saves.

Dylan Strome and Erik Gustafsson score Chicago in the third period. Pierre-Luc Dubois and Riley Nash scored in regulation for Columbus.

FLYERS 2, DUCKS 1, OT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Hayes scored at 3:53 of overtime and Brian Elliott made 27 saves in Philadelphia’s fifth victory in six games.

Sean Couturier scored in the first period and Jakub Voracek had two assists for the Flyers in the second stop of their six-game West Coast trip.

After Erik Gudbranson scored for Anaheim in the opening minute.

John Gibson stopped 33 shots for the Ducks.

STARS 4, COYOTES 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Roope Hintz scored the go-ahead goal late in Dallas' four-goal third period against Arizona.

Hintz’s made it 3-2 with 4:09 left to play, and Mattias Janmark sealed the Stars’ second straight win with an empty-netter with 1:36 remaining.

Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist, Alexander Radulov also scored, and Anton Khudobin stopped 33 shots for the Stars.

Conor Garland and Taylor Hall scored to give Arizona a 2-0 lead. The Coyotes have lost three straight in regulation for the first time this season.

DEVILS 4, SENATORS 3, OT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jack Hughes scored 54 seconds into overtime to lift New Jersey past Ottawa.

Hughes broke loose with the puck on his backhand, switched to the forehand and flipped the puck over goalie Craig Anderson for his sixth of the season.

Nico Hischier and Nikita Gusev had power-play goals for the Devils, Miles Wood also scored and Mackenzie Blackwood made 21 saves. Thomas Chabot, Nick Paul and Artem Anisimov scored for Ottawa.

CANUCKS 5, FLAMES 2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Tyler Myers scored twice and added an assist to help Vancouver take a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Tanner Pearson also scored twice and Jake Virtanen added a goal. The Canucks have won five in a row.

Rasmus Andersson and Noah Hanifin scored for Calgary.

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