Blackhawks win again

The NHL's front-running team, the Chicago Blackhawks, remain unbeaten in regulation this season after victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sunday's win may only have been 1-0 but it extended their run of taking at least a point from each of their last 18 outings.

Corey Crawford secured the shutout and Andrew Shaw won it in the second period.

The Anaheim Ducks are also going well at the top of the Pacific Division and notched a 4-3 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Corey Perry got the final touch to seal victory with 45 seconds left on the clock.

The Detroit Red Wings drew attention with a stunning 8-3 defeat of Northwest pace-setters the Vancoutner Canucks.

Damien Brunner scored twice and assisted twice and Joakim Andersson added two goals of his own in a fine showing for the Red Wings.

In the Eastern Conference two of the form sides -

the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins - faced off.

The Penguins walked out with the 5-3 victory as Sidney Crosby collected two goals and an assist.

The Calgary Flames were 5-4 winners over the Phoenix Coyotes, the Boston Bruins bested the Florida Panthers 4-1 and the New Jersey Devils went down 4-2 to the Winnipeg Jets.

In the remaining fixture, the New York Islanders' flaky home form again cost them in a 4-2 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.