Jan 12 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Hockey League games.
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Ducks 1, Red Wings 0
Goalie Jonas Hiller captured his 14th consecutive victory and guided the streaking Anaheim Ducks over the Detroit Red Wings.
The Ducks (35-8-5) extended their unbeaten run in regulation at home to 19-0-2. They also swept the two-game series from the Red Wings (20-16-10). Anaheim recorded a 5-2 win at Detroit on Dec. 17.
Anaheim remains the NHL's hottest club, winning its seventh in a row and 17 of its last 18 games.
Andrew Cogliano's second-period goal held up as Hiller earned the shutout despite several point-blank shots by the Red Wings (20-16-10) throughout the contest.
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Blackhawks 5, Oilers 3
Right winger Marian Hossa celebrated his 35th birthday with a goal and assist as the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a three-game losing streak.
Chicago (30-8-10) started rookie Antti Raanta in place of goaltender Corey Crawford, who has lost all four of his starts since returning from missing nearly a month due to a lower-body injury.
Raanta stopped 18 shots to boost his season record to 12-1-3 and the Blackhawks scored three times in the second period to roll.
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Wild 4, Predators 0
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper (2-1-0) notched his first NHL shutout and third career win as Minnesota topped Nashville.
Kuemper made 23 saves as the Wild (25-18-5) won for the fifth time in six games and moved four points ahead of Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
It was the sixth loss in seven games for the Predators (19-21-7), who fell 10 points behind Minnesota and dropped to 1-2-1 on their five-game homestand.
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Rangers 4, Flyers 1
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to help the New York Rangers rout the Philadelphia Flyers.
Dan Carcillo, Rick Nash, Derick Brassard and Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, who improved to 24-20-3 with their third straight win.
Philadelphia has dropped consecutive games and fell to 23-19-4. Defenseman Mark Streit scored the lone goal for the Flyers.
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Sabres 2, Capitals 1 (Shootout)
Buffalo center Cody Hodgson returned to the lineup and made quite an impact as he drew a penalty that negated a late goal by the Washington Capitals, then scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Sabres.
Hodgson had not played since December 19 because of a finger injury, but helped the Sabres (13-26-5) get their first on the road since Nov. 5, 2013, snapping an 0-9-2 skid away from First Niagara Center.
The loss snapped a modest two-game winning streak for the Capitals (22-16-7), who moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division with 51 points.
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Islanders 4, Stars 2
The New York Islanders scored three times in the final 4:16 of the game to defeat the Dallas Stars.
Kyle Okposo scored twice for the Islanders, including the game-tying goal with 4:16 remaining in regulation. Islanders center John Tavares then delivered the eventual game-winner with 1:24 remaining and center Brock Nelson added an empty-net goal with 52 seconds remaining.
The Islanders (18-22-7, 43 points) won their seventh straight road game while Dallas (20-18-7, 47 points) lost its sixth straight game in regulation for the first time since the 1995-96 season.
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Maple Leafs 3, Devils 2 (Shootout)
James van Riemsdyk scored in regulation and also got the only goal of the shootout, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New Jersey Devils.
The shootout came after the teams skated through the third period and overtime without a goal to keep the game tied at 2.
Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier made 36 stops and the Maple Leafs (22-20-5) snapped a four-game losing streak. The Devils (19-18-10) saw their two-game winning streak end.
- - - (Compiled by Jahmal Corner)