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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson try to get to a loose puck.
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Chicago improves to 17-0-3

– Jonathan Toews scored twice, and Ray Emery and Corey Crawford combined on a shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks extended their NHL-record season-opening points streak to 20 games with a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago, which was coming off a 6-0-1 homestand and improved to 9-0-2 on the road. The Blackhawks, who have won seven in a row overall, have earned 37 out of a possible 40 points this season with a 17-0-3 start.

Chicago, playing its first road game in 18 days, has won four in a row against St. Louis, which has lost three of four.

Crawford was pulled after making six saves in the first period. He missed four games earlier this month with an upper-body injury and returned to the lineup Sunday, making 28 stops in a 1-0 win over Columbus.

HURRICANES 4, PENGUINS 1: In Raleigh, N.C., Jiri Tlusty had two goals and an assist to lead Carolina.

Eric Staal had a goal and two assists, Alexander Semin added two assists and Jeff Skinner scored a goal in his first game back from a concussion.

RANGERS 4, LIGHTNING 1: In New York, Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan scored in a one-sided first period as New York snapped a four-game losing streak.

Defenseman Marc Staal added just the eighth power-play goal of the season in the second period for New York.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, ISLANDERS 4, OT: In Uniondale, N.Y., Nazem Kadri notched his first career hat trick and Dion Phaneuf scored at 1:11 of overtime to lift Toronto to its third straight win.

BRUINS 2, SENATORS 1, OT: In Boston, Patrice Bergeron scored the winning goal with 1:21 left in overtime after a replay review to lift Boston.

Bergeron deflected a shot from the left circle that broke off Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner and trickled across the goal line.

Replays clearly showed the puck slid across when Lehner reached back and knocked it into the net before pulling it back out.

SABRES 4, PANTHERS 3, SO: In Sunrise, Fla., Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout to lift Buffalo. Nathan Gerbe scored two goals, and Ryan Miller made 38 saves for the Sabres.

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