PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pascal Dupuis scored twice and Evgeni Malkin had a goal in his return to the lineup, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night for their 14th straight win.
Chris Kunitz had a goal and an assist and Sidney Crosby had two assists to push his league-best points total to 56 as the Penguins moved within three victories of its own NHL record for consecutive wins. Malkin, back from an upper-body injury, got his first goal in three weeks.
Tomas Vokoun had 20 saves and his first assist while getting his 50th career shutout.
Al Montoya, making just his fourth start of the season, made 39 saves for Winnipeg but the Jets were no match for the NHL's hottest team.
The league record for consecutive wins was set by the Mario Lemieux-led Penguins in 1992-93. Pittsburgh hosts the New York Islanders on Saturday and Buffalo next Tuesday. If the Penguins win those games, they'll head to New York to face the Rangers on April 3 with a chance to tie the mark.
SENATORS 3, RANGERS 0
OTTAWA (AP) — Ben Bishop turned aside 24 shots to earn his second career NHL shutout, leading Ottawa to a win over New York.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the Rangers.
When the Senators finally relieved the pressure after about a minute, they went down ice and Latendresse beat Lundqvist with a low shot from the faceoff circle. Greening scored into an empty net with just over two minutes to play.
KINGS 4, BLUES 2
The win gives the Kings only their second sweep of a season series against St. Louis after first doing it in 2005-06. Los Angeles has beaten the Blues eight straight times, including a 4-0 sweep in last season's Western Conference semifinals.
MAPLE LEAFS 6, HURRICANES 3
TORONTO (AP) — Joffrey Lupul scored the go-ahead goal with 3:10 remaining, helping Toronto hold off a Carolina comeback and beat the Hurricanes.
COYOTES 7, PREDATORS 4
Martin Hanzal, David Moss, Matthew Lombardi, Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette also scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a seven-game losing streak — thanks to their big first period that included five goals in a span of 6:40.
The Coyotes' seven goals were just one short of the number they had in the entirety of their skid. Phoenix has 10 goals the last two nights after being outscored 16-5 in the previous six games.
ISLANDERS 4, FLYERS 3, SO
John Tavares also scored for the Islanders, who improved to 10-4-1 away from home this season to pull into a tie with the Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Isles, who last made the playoffs in 2007, dominated the final two periods of regulation after falling behind 2-0 in the first.
PANTHERS 5, SABRES 4, SO
Santorelli got the winner for the Panthers, while Jason Pominville scored for Buffalo.
Huberdeau tied the score at 4 with 6:09 remaining in the third period.