Ducks keep up winning run
Pacific pace-setters the Anaheim Ducks made it nine wins from their last 10 NHL outings with victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
A fifth straight win leaves the Ducks with 12 wins for the season at the end of a hectic run of seven games in under two weeks.
Corey Perry scored the decisive goal in a 3-2 victory, with Peter Holland and Ryan Getzlaf laying the foundations with a pair of first-period strikes.
The Montreal Canadiens made it four wins in a row as they defeated Southeast Division leaders Carolina Hurricanes 3-0.
Brandon Prust ended a stalemate inside the third stanza before quickfire efforts from Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty added the gloss to Peter Budaj's 10th career shutout.
The Phoenix Coyotes scored a 4-0 victory over the Calgary Flames, with Keith Yandle on target after 41 seconds before three more goals in the final third settled matters.
Mike Smith kept out all 30 shots to preserve his clean sheet.
The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed a measure of revenge for last season's four-game sweep at the hands of the Florida Panthers with 3-0 success.
Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur found the net while Ben Scrivens protected his.
The New York Islanders were humbled 7-0 at the Philadelphia Flyers, who celebrated a first win in three,
Home captain Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist, including the opener after 26 seconds, while there was also a goal and two assists from Matt Read.
The Ottawa Senators needed Jakob Silfverberg's shootout winner to edge the New Jersey Devils 2-1.
Stephen Gionta had earlier put the injury-hit Devils ahead only for Daniel Alfredsson to tie the scores.
It was an unusually high-scoring affair between the Colorado Avalanche and the Nashville Predators, two of the NHL's least prolific sides.
The Avalanche were 6-5 winners on a good night for the attackers, with Matt Duchene and Aaron Palushaj each collecting a goal and two assists.
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