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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Dustin Byfuglien led Chicago to its franchise-record ninth straight victory, scoring two goals and adding an assist in the Blackhawks' 4-1 decision over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.

Chicago broke the team record of eight straight victories set in December 1971 and matched in January 1981. With the nine-game streak, the Blackhawks also tied San Jose for the longest run of the season.

Martin Havlat and Kris Versteeg also scored, and Cristobal Huet made 18 saves, allowing only Cal Clutterbuck's third-period goal.

Chicago trails Detroit by four points in the Central Division with two games in hand. They will play Tuesday night in Detroit and Thursday in Chicago in the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

ATLANTA (AP) - Michael Ryder broke a tie with 6:04 left, and Boston won its eighth straight to tie San Jose for the overall NHL lead with 58 points.

Ryder converted a perfect lead pass from David Krejci to beat goalie Kari Lehtonen for his 14th goal and second winner in two nights. On Saturday in Carolina, Ryder scored the go-ahead goal with 6:14 left in the Bruins' 4-2 victory.

Phil Kessel scored his 22nd goal, and Manny Fernandez made 32 saves, allowing only Bryan Little's first-period goal.

The winning streak, which started with two victories over Atlanta, is Boston's longest since the final eight games of the 1992-93 regular season. The Bruins (27-5-4) have played one more game than San Jose (27-4-4).

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, including the tiebreaker with 10 seconds left in the second period, Brooks Laich also scored twice, and Washington improved its home record to an Eastern Conference-best 15-1-1.

Jose Theodore made 23 saves to win his third consecutive start for Washington, which has won 10 of 12 overall. Add in a six-game home winning streak at the end of last season, and the Capitals have won 21 of their past 23 games in Washington.

Before the game, Washington retired Mike Gartner's No. 11 jersey.

Niklas Hagman scored for Toronto.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Bobby Ryan scored on a power play with 7:11 to play, and Scott Niedermayer had a goal and an assist to help Anaheim snap a three-game losing streak.

Rob Niedermayer and Steve Montador also scored, Ryan Getzlaf had two assists, and Jonas Hiller made 27 saves. It was the Ducks' fourth consecutive 4-3 finish.

David Perron and Keith Tkachuk each had a goal and an assist for St. Louis. Brad Boyes also scored, and Patrik Berglund added two assists.

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