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Blackhawks defeat Blue Jackets to extend streak

FLYING START:Chicago set the league record on Friday by scoring at least one point in their first 17 games and they made it 18 on Sunday, having lost only in shootouts

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Brandon Saad of the Chicago Blackhawks, top, leaps over James Wisniewski of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday.

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Corey Crawford made 28 saves and Andrew Shaw scored the only goal as the Chicago Blackhawks stretched their NHL-record, season-opening point streak to 18 games with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

Crawford earned his seventh NHL shutout and second this season in his first start since Feb. 12. He outdueled Columbus’ Steve Mason, who stopped 26 shots.

Shaw provided all the offense in the second period for Blackhawks (15-0-3), who have not lost in regulation time this season and have earned 33 of 36 possible points. Chicago have won nine straight against Columbus, dating to Feb. 18, 2011.

The Blackhawks set the league record with at least one point in the first 17 games of a season when they beat San Jose 2-1 on Friday.

The 18-game point streak is also a team record for the Blackhawks, who have lost only in shootouts this season.

The Blue Jackets (5-12-2), who have an NHL-low 12 points, went none-for-five on the power play.

BRUINS 4, PANTHERS 1

In Sunrise, Florida, Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic scored first-period goals as Boston beat Florida.

Chris Kelly had a power-play goal in the second and Daniel Paille added an empty-net goal in the third. Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots for the Bruins, who won their third straight game.

Tomas Kopecky scored a goal for Florida and Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves in his second consecutive start for the Panthers, who have lost seven of eight and five in a row at home.

Paille added a short-handed, empty-net goal with 1 minute, 37 seconds left after the Panthers pulled Markstrom for a six-on-four skating advantage.

PENGUINS 5, LIGHTNING 3

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist to lead Pittsburgh past Tampa Bay in the Penguins’ first game since MVP Evgeni Malkin was injured.

Beau Bennett scored his first career goal on a power play to help Pittsburgh take over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. Matt Cooke and defenseman Paul Martin each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have won five of six to tie Montreal for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Malkin is out indefinitely after slamming back-first into the end boards during Friday night’s win over Florida.

Steven Stamkos had three points for Tampa Bay, with his 13th goal and two assists. Stamkos and John Tavares of the New York Islanders are tied for the NHL lead in goals.

Cory Conacher, the NHL’s leading scorer among rookies, and defenseman Eric Brewer also scored for the Lightning, who are tied with Carolina for first place in the Southeast Division.

JETS 4, DEVILS 2

In Newark, New Jersey, Evander Kane scored a breakaway goal in the second period and Andrew Ladd added some insurance in the third to lift Winnipeg over New Jersey.

Zach Bogosian scored in the first period and Grant Clitsome had a power-play goal in the second for the Jets, who have won three of the first four of a five-game trip that concludes tonight in New York against the Rangers. Ondrej Pavelec made 26 saves.

Travis Zajac and Steve Bernier had goals for New Jersey, but the Devils (10-5-4) lost their fourth in five games and second at home this season. Johan Hedberg, a late replacement for injured Martin Brodeur, stopped 23 shots.

Brodeur left the ice in pregame warmups because of “a little soreness,” the Devils said.

The Jets took a 1-0 lead for the sixth straight game.

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