Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw scored in a 39-second span at the start of Chicago’s five-goal second period on Wednesday night, sparking the Blackhawks to a 7-2 victory over Ray Emery and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists for Chicago, who have won three in a row after a three-game losing streak. Michal Handzus scored a short-handed goal in the second and Marian Hossa had three assists, helping rookie goaltender Antti Raanta win his second consecutive start in place of injured Corey Crawford.
The seven goals set a season high for the Blackhawks (23-6-5), who have scored 19 times during their winning streak and lead the National Hockey League (NHL) with 129 goals. Shaw’s nifty wraparound at 1 minute, 22 seconds of the second made it six players with at least 10 goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who are once again on top of the league standings with 51 points.
Emery was pulled in the third period of his first start in Chicago since he teamed with Crawford to give the Blackhawks one of the best goaltending tandems in the league last season. He signed a free-agent deal with Philadelphia in July.
Jakub Voracek and Steve Downie scored power-play goals for the Flyers, who have lost three straight.
KINGS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1
In Toronto, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Los Angeles beat Toronto for their fifth straight victory.
Carter beat former teammate Jonathan Bernier with a wrist shot between the legs on a two-on-one break for his eighth of the season. Kyle Clifford added an insurance goal with 1:59 remaining and Drew Doughty also scored for Los Angeles.
Following a 6-0 victory on Tuesday night in Montreal, the Kings improved to 12-1-4 in their past 17 games.
Martin Jones, a 23-year-old rookie, made 38 saves to earn his fourth win in four NHL starts.
Cody Franson scored his first goal of the season for Toronto.
DUCKS 2, WILD 1
In Anaheim, Corey Perry scored a goal in his seventh straight game, while Ryan Getzlaf extended his point streak to 13 games and Anaheim beat Minnesota for their fourth straight victory.
Jonas Hiller made 23 saves and Alex Grant scored his second career goal on his second NHL shot as the Pacific Division-leading Ducks improved to 12-0-2 at home, extending the second-longest streak without a regulation loss to open a season in the shootout era.
Josh Harding stopped 29 shots and Jason Pominville scored his 15th goal early in the third period for the Wild, who have lost four straight on the road.
Perry extended the longest goal streak in the league this season with his 21st. Getzlaf started the play and picked up an assist, extending the NHL’s longest active point streak and matching St Louis’ Alexander Steen for the longest in the league this season. The Anaheim captain has scored in each of his last 15 appearances since Nov. 6, but the NHL officially recognizes only 13 games because of an injury absence early in the string.
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