Raanta has 1st shutout since March as Canes top Blackhawks

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Antti Raanta made 24 saves for his first shutout since March and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

Martin Necas, Jesper Fast and Jordan Martinook scored to help the Hurricanes extend their franchise-record points streak to 15 games.

Raanta, making his third consecutive start, had his 16th career shutout. He faced only seven shots in both the first and third periods.

The Blackhawks, who were aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since late October, have lost nine of 10, with three of those defeats by shutout. Chicago goalie Petr Mrazek made 46 saves against one of his former teams.


NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Johansson, defenseman Erik Gustafsson and Lars Eller scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 32 saves as surging Washington beat New York for its sixth straight road win.

Conor Sheary had a short-handed empty-net goal for the Capitals, who have won 10 of 11 overall and are 13-3-1 since Nov. 23.

Kuemper improved to 7-1-0 in eight career games against the Rangers with his third shutout this season and the 28th of his career.

New York had won eight of nine and four straight at home.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Alex DeBrincat was the only player to score in the shootout and Ottawa beat Boston to snap a three-game skid.

DeBrincat and Tim Stutzle scored second-period goals for the Senators (15-16-3) while Cam Talbot made 49 saves, including 26 in the third period alone.

Jake DeBrusk and Pavel Zacha scored for the Bruins. Zacha tied it at 2-2 with 3:33 left in the game. Jeremy Swayman made 30 saves for the NHL-best Bruins, whose four-game winning streak ended.


NEW YORK (AP) — Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee each scored twice, Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist and New York beat Pittsburgh.

Hudson Fasching and Brock Nelson each had two assists and Ilya Sorokin made 19 saves in his 100th NHL appearance. New York has won two in a row.

Pierre-Olivier Joseph scored for Pittsburgh and Tristan Jarry made 38 saves, but the Penguins fell for the third time in four games after starting December with a seven-game winning streak.


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