Johnny Gaudreau’s 2 goals lift first-place Flames by Blackhawks

Johnny Gaudreau scored two more goals, David Rittich made 32 saves and the Flames beat the Blackhawks 4-3 in Chicago on Monday night.

Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist as Western Conference-leading Calgary closed out a 3-1 trip with its second straight win. Garnet Hathaway scored an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left, and Elias Lindholm finished with two assists.

Gaudreau extended his goal-scoring streak to five games.

The Flames are the first team since the 1995-96 Penguins to have four players collect 50-plus points within the first 45 games of a season.

Gaudreau, who also scored in the first, has 14 goals and 11 assists in his past 13 games.

Blues 3, Flyers 0: Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko scored and Jordan Binnington stopped 25 shots in his first NHL start for visiting St. Louis in a listless game between two of the worst teams in the league. David Perron scored an empty-netter in the final minutes for St. Louis. Binnington, 25, had played just two games in mop-up duty this season behind Jake Allen. Binnington was sent to the minors in December to keep fresh and earned three wins with a shutout and was named AHL Player of the Week. He was recalled — and got the call to start against the hapless Flyers.

Predators 4, Maple Leafs 0: Pekka Rinne made 18 saves for his third shutout of the season and the 54th of his career as visiting Nashville blanked Toronto. Mattias Ekholm, Kevin Fiala and Colton Sissons each had goal and an assist for Nashville, and P.K. Subban also scored. Rinne is tied with Marc-Andre Fleury, Bernie Parent and Ed Giacomin for 21st on the all-time shutout list. Michael Hutchinson stopped 28 shots for the Maple Leafs, who hit the post three times and had a goal called back for offside.

Wild 1, Canadiens 0: Mikael Granlund scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 shots in his first shutout of the season to lead visiting Minnesota. The Wild have won three straight games, all on the road. Carey Price stopped 24 shots for the Canadiens. Montreal lost Shea Weber to injury. The Canadiens’ captain was hit in the face by a puck while blocking a shot six minutes into the first period. He played seven more shifts in the period, but did not return for the second.

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