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Capitals beat Boston 3-0

Capitals beat Boston 3-0

In Boston, Craig Billington made 28 saves for his eighth career shutout, and Washington tied its own NHL record by going 12 straight games without allowing a power-play goal as the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 3-0 on Saturday night.

Billington, making his second start of the season, recorded his 100th NHL victory to help Washington extend its unbeaten streak to four and snap Boston's eight-game home unbeaten streak.

The Capitals killed five power-play chances to push their total to 53 straight chances without allowing a goal. They set the record in 1976-77, killing off 32 consecutive chances.

Andrei Nikolishin scored a shorthanded goal in the first period and had an empty-net goal in the final minute. Peter Bondra added his team-leading 11th goal.

Canadiens 5, Kings 3

In Los Angeles, Montreal snapped a six-game road winless streak as Sergei Zholtok and Patrick Poulin scored goals less than four minutes apart in the first period against Los Angeles.

Dainius Zubrus scored twice, including an empty-net goal, and Martin Rucinsky also scored for the Canadiens, who won away from the Molson Centre for the first time since beating Philadelphia 5-4 on Oct. 14. The victory was Montreal's third in its last 14 games.

But that accomplishment was overshadowed by a frightening upper back injury to leading goal-scorer Brian Savage, who was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher and hospitalized after taking a thunderous check from Ian Laperriere in the second period.

Ziggy Palffy scored twice and Marko Tuomainen also had a goal for the Kings.

Maple Leafs 4, Rangers 3, OT

In Toronto, Igor Korolev scored at 1:16 of overtime as Toronto beat New York Rangers in the Hockey Hall of Fame Game.

The game featured a pregame tribute to Hall of Fame inductees Wayne Gretzky, Scotty Morrison and Andy Van Hellemond. Gretzky received a 90-second standing ovation. The three will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday.

Yanic Perreault scored twice, and Dmitri Khristich added a goal as Toronto took a 3-0 first-period lead. Adam Graves, Tim Taylor and John MacLean scored for the Rangers.

Flyers 4, Lightning 1

In Philadelphia, Eric Lindros and Daymond Langkow each scored two goals and rookie Brian Boucher made 17 saves as Philadelphia beat Tampa Bay.

Eric Desjardins added three assists, giving him 300 for his NHL career, as the Flyers (11-7-3) extended their home unbeaten string to six games. Philadelphia is 11-2-2 after opening the season 0-5-1 - the worst start in franchise history.

Andrei Zyuzin scored for the Lightning.

Devils 3, Senators 1

East Rutherford, New Jersey, Rookie Scott Gomez scored the winning goal in the third period and added an assist as New Jersey extended its home unbeaten streak to 10 games.

Sergei Nemchinov scored the other goal in the first period and defenseman Scott Stevens added an empty net goal as New Jersey improved to 8-0-2 at home after losing its opener. Magnus Arvedson scored for the Senators.

Sabres 4, Thrashers 3

In Buffalo, New York, Wayne Primeau had two goals and an assist as Buffalo beat Atlanta for the second straight night.

Stu Barnes and Brian Holzinger also scored. Rookie Maxim Afinogenov added two assists after scoring two goals and adding an assist Friday night in Buffalo's 4-0 victory in Atlanta.

Matt Johnson, Ray Ferraro and Gord Murphy scored for Atlanta.

Hurricanes 1, Stars 0

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Paul Ranheim scored his first goal in 27 games, and Arturs Irbe made 24 saves for his 21st career shutout as Carolina beat Dallas Stars.

Carolina ran its unbeaten streak to four at 3-0-1, while the loss dropped the Stars (8-9-3) under .500 for the first time in more than two years. Dallas, the defending Stanley Cup champions, didn't lose its ninth game last season until Jan. 20.

Panthers 2, Penguins 1

Sunrise, Florida, Mike Wilson scored at 2:57 of overtime as Florida beat Pittsburgh for its fifth victory in six games.

Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Panthers.

Stephen Leach scored for Pittsburgh.

Canucks 3, Predators 1

In Nashville, Tennessee, Alexander Mogilny scored an unassisted goal with 7:34 left as Vancouver beat Nashville.

Garth Snow made 33 saves, and Donald Brashear and Steve Kariya added goals for the Canucks. Vancouver has won four straight road games, and is 5-1-2 overall away from home.

Drake Berehowsky scored for Nashville.

Sharks 1, Blues 1

In St Louis, Michal Handzk made 19 saves to help St Louis extend its unbeaten streak to five games.

Niklas Sundstrom scored the only goal for San Jose. Mike Vernon stopped 23 shots for the Sharks.