Blackhawks put three past Preds, stay undefeated

AP, NASHVILLE, Tennessee

Tue, Feb 12, 2013 - Page 8

The Chicago Blackhawks remain the only NHL team undefeated in regulation this season after winning 3-0 at the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

Chicago maintained a seven-point lead atop the Central Division by notching their fourth straight win, all on the road.

Elsewhere, New Jersey extended their winning streak to five by beating Pittsburgh and Boston set a new record for the team’s best start to a season by defeating Buffalo.

Chicago’s Marcus Kruger and Jonathan Toews scored 66 seconds apart in the second period, then Patrick Kane sealed the result in the third as the Blackhawks improved their road record to a remarkable 8-0-2.

The New Jersey Devils won 3-1 at the Pittsburgh Penguins, with Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson scoring less than two minutes apart in the second period. Clarkson scored twice to increase his team-leading tally to nine for the season.

James Neal scored Pittsburgh’s only goal 15 seconds into the third period.

Boston’s Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal on a third-period power play as the Bruins downed the Buffalo Sabres 3-1.

Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic, into an empty net, also scored for Boston, who have 17 points from their first 10 games. The team’s previous best was 16 points through 10 games, set four times, the last in 1978-1979.

New York’s Carl Hagelin had two goals and an assist, while Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves as the Rangers beat Tampa Bay 5-1, extending the Lightning’s losing skid to four games.

Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson scored with just five seconds left to give the Red Wings a 3-2 home win over the Los Angeles Kings, while the Edmonton Oilers won 3-1 at the Columbus Blue Jackets.