CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews had two goals, rookies Andrew Shaw and Jimmy Hayes also scored, and the Chicago Blackhawks handed the Buffalo Sabres their 10th consecutive road loss, 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland also connected for the Blackhawks, who won their second in a row and are 4-0-1 in their past five.
Jason Pominville scored both goals for Buffalo, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Sabres from extending their record road-losing streak.
Toews has goals in three consecutive games, and four goals and three assists in a five-game point streak.
Corey Crawford made 25 saves in the win. Buffalo’s Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots.
CAPITALS 3, CANADIENS 0
In Montreal, Michal Neuvirth made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season and Alex Ovechkin scored his 19th goal on a power play midway through the second period to lift Washington.
Mathieu Perreault and Marcus Johansson scored first-period goals for Washington, which bounced back from a 3-0 home loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday to win for the third time in four games.
Ovechkin’s goal came on a slap shot from the right point through traffic and past Carey Price, who stopped 13 shots for Montreal, 4-10-1 in its past 15 games.
Neuvirth recorded his sixth NHL shutout. It was his first since a 26-save effort in a 1-0 win in Winnipeg on Dec. 15.
BLUES: Brian Elliott, St. Louis’ lone All-Star, signed a two-year contract extension rather than test the free agent market.
The goalie likes the makeup of this team that has surged under coach Ken Hitchcock.
“I think we have a pretty good thing going right now,” Elliott said Wednesday night. “I’ve been on the other side of it, and I’m not a guy that will want to roll the dice all the time.
“I just like to have it done and not worry about it, so I can just play hockey.”
PANTHERS: The team could be without Ed Jovanovski for two months after the veteran defenseman underwent surgery to fix a broken hand.
Jovanovski injured his hand in a first-period fight against Boston on Monday.