The New York Islanders are dominating opponents with a smothering defense and timely scoring.
They executed that winning formula to perfection Sunday against the Ducks.
Cal Clutterbuck scored twice in the first period and Robin Lehner made 19 saves for his third shutout this season as the host Islanders downed Anaheim 3-0 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
The win was the 15th in 18 games for the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders, who have surged past Washington and Columbus over the past month.
Lehner, who leads the league with a 2.02 goals-against average, won for the 11th time in his past 12 games.
“The defense is just helping me out and working hard,” he said. “The last three games have been amazing — Jersey, Washington, we have really suffocated them.”
Blackhawks 8, Capitals 5: Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists, Patrick Kane added two goals and three assists and host Chicago ended a five-game losing streak by extending the defending Stanley Cup champions’ skid to five games. “Our biggest battle is that we’re not complacent,” Washington goalie Braden Holtby said. “It’s one of those things that’s going to be hard, is getting over the fact last year is last year. You move on.”
Canucks 3, Red Wings 2: Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist in his return from a knee injury for host Vancouver. The 20-year-old, who ran his point total this season to 44 — 18 more than any other NHL rookie — missed five games after suffering an MCL sprain Jan. 3. “I felt I lost the puck a few times, made some bad decisions, some turnovers,” Pettersson said. “But I’ve just got to play it simple.”
Hurricanes 7, Oilers 4: Nino Niederreiter, acquired from Minnesota on Thursday, scored two first-period goals and visiting Carolina ended a two-game slide.
Coyotes 4, Maple Leafs 2: Darcy Kuemper stopped 25 shots as Arizona improved to 8-0-1 in its past nine trips to Toronto.
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