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NHL Capsules: Blackhawks rout Capitals 7-1 to end 8-game losing streak

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ryan Hartman (38) backhands a goal past Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby during Saturday’s game. Chicago won 7-1. (Jeff Haynes / Associated Press)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ryan Hartman (38) backhands a goal past Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby during Saturday’s game. Chicago won 7-1. (Jeff Haynes / Associated Press)
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CHICAGO – Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks ripped the Washington Capitals 7-1 on Saturday night to end an eight-game losing streak.

Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad and Ryan Hartman each added a goal and an assist in a 44-shot attack that took advantage of Washington breakdowns and powered Chicago to its first win since Jan. 30 at Nashville. Nick Schmaltz, Artem Anisimov and rookie Alex DeBrincat also scored to help the Blackhawks snap a seven-game slide at home before season-high crowd of 22,066 at the United Center.

Tom Wilson scored for the Capitals, whose first-place lead in the Metropolitan Division over Pittsburgh slipped to one point.

Chicago’s Anton Forsberg stopped 19 shots. Washington’s Braden Holtby allowed six goals on 33 shots through two periods. Philipp Grubauer took over in goal to start the third and gave up a goal on 11 shots.

Washington’s Barry Trotz coached his 1,500th NHL game. He joined four others in reaching that mark, including Chicago’s Joel Queneville.

Ducks 3, Wild 2 (SO)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Nick Ritchie scored in the 11th round of a shootout and John Gibson stopped the final seven shooters in Anaheim’s victory over Minnesota.

After the teams combined for 13 straight misses, Ritchie beat Devan Dubnyk.

Ryan Getzlaff and Ondrej Kase also scored in the shootout after Kase and Corey Perry scored in regulation. Gibson made 36 saves through overtime to help the Ducks, 4-1-1 in their past six, move into a tie with the Wild for the second wild-card slot in the Western Conference.

Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker scored in regulation for Minnesota, Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise connected in the shootout, and Dubnyk made 28 saves. The Wild are 9-3-3 in their past 15.

Golden Knights 6, Canadiens 3

LAS VEGAS – Reilly Smith had two goals and an assist in Vegas’ victory over Montreal.

Brad Hunt, Tomas Nosek, Ryan Carpenter, Nate Schmidt also scored for Vegas, and Jonathan Marchessault had three assists. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots, including a highlight-reel glove save on Charles Hudon on a breakaway in the third period, to improve to 19-6-2.

Hudon, Nikita Scherbak and Jonathan Drouin scored for Montreal. Antti Niemi started and gave up three goals on six shots before being replaced by Carey Price midway through the first period.

Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 3

PITTSBURGH – Olli Maatta scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to lift Pittsburgh past Toronto.

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists to top 900 points for his career, becoming the sixth Russian-born and the fourth player in team history to reach the milestone.

Bryan Rust, Zach Aston-Reese and Carl Hagelin also scored, and Matt Murray made 29 saves. The Penguinshave won 11 straight at home and four in a row overall.

Patrick Marleau, Connor Brown and Tyler Bozak scored for the Maple Leafs. They had won five in a row.

Coyotes 1, Oilers 0

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Antti Raanta made 39 saves for his first shutout of the season and Arizona won its fourth straight, scoring on its first shot in a victory over Edmonton.

Raanta had his ninth career shutout, helping the Coyotes earn points for the fifth time in six games.

Cam Talbot made 31 saves for Edmonton. The Oilers have lost six in a row.

The Coyotes scored when Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s shot caromed off teammate Christian Dvorak’s skate at 3:26 of the first period.

Devils 4, Lightning 3

TAMPA, Fla. – Eddie Lack made 48 saves and New Jersey beat Tampa Bay.

Making his third appearance as the backup since being recalled from Binghamton of the AHL on Feb. 4, Lack made a terrific glove save on Brayden Point’s in-close shot midway through the second.

Ben Lovejoy, Nico Hischier, Pavel Zacha and Miles Wood scored for the Devils. Taylor Hall had an assist and has a point in each of the last 17 games he has played in. Chris Kunitz, Point and Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay.

Senators 6, Rangers 3

OTTAWA, Ontario – Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists to help Ottawa beat New York.

Matt Duchene and Mark Stone each had a goal and an assist, Johnny Oduya, Magnus Paajarvi and Thomas Chabot also scored, and Craig Anderson made 35 saves.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist allowed five goals on 27 shots and was replaced by Brandon Halverson with 13 minutes to play. Halverson stopped five of six shots in his NHL debut. Michael Grabner had two goals, and Mika Zibanejad also scored for the Rangers. They’ve lost three straight.

Red Wings 3, Predators 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Petr Mrazek stopped 30 shots to remain unbeaten against Nashville, and Detroit defenseman Luke Witkowski scored his first NHL goal.

Mrazek improved to 6-0-0 in his career against the Predators, coming within minutes of his second shutout against them. Gustav Nyquist and Darren Helm also scored for the Red Wings in their seventh straight victory over Nashville. Craig Smith scored for the Predators.

Kings 4, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Anze Kopitar and rookie Michael Amadio each scored twice and Los Angeles beat Buffalo to snap a three-game skid.

Jonathan Quick stopped 33 shots and Dustin Brown had two assists in a game where the Kings scored on three consecutive shots to build a 4-0 lead in the second period.

Sabres defensemen Marco Scandella and Rasmus Ristolainen scored third-period goals.

Canucks 6, Bruins 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Loui Eriksson scored his second goal of the night late in the third period and Anders Nilsson stopped 44 shots to lead Vancouver Boston.

Daniel Sedin, Sven Baertschi, Nic Dowd and Bo Horvat also scored for Vancouver, which scored four goals in the first to take control. It gave the Canucks just their second win in eight games.

Vancouver was outshot 45-23 but got some timely saves from Nilsson, who registered his first win in 11 appearances dating back to Nov. 30.

Panthers 6, Flames 3

Calgary, Alberta – Michael Matheson scored a pair of goals, Aleksander Barkov added a goal and two assists and Florida routed Calgary.

Dougie Hamilton notched all three of the Flames’ goal for his first career hat trick in his 400th game.

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