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Aho scores again, Hurricanes beat Bruins

(AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Sebastian Aho scored a goal for the fourth straight game and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Sunday in a matchup of the teams with the two best records in the NHL.

Paul Stastny scored on a second-period power play, Seth Jarvis posted a goal in the third, and Jordan Staal added a short-handed empty-netter as the Hurricanes won their fifth game in a row and extended their points streak to eight games (7-0-1).

"We know that team was the cream of the crop," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "They're lapping everyone right now and I think it was a good test."


Rielly's goal helps Leafs rout Capitals

TORONTO (AP) Morgan Rielly scored his first goal of the season for Toronto in the Maple Leafs' 5-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Michael Bunting, William Nylander, Pierre Engvall and Zach Aston-Reese provided the rest of the offense for Toronto. Ilya Samsonov made 23 saves in his sixth straight start - and seventh consecutive appearance.


Tampa sets team mark, home streak at 12

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Brayden Point had a goal and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on Saturday night for a franchise-record 12th consecutive home win.

Victor Hedman, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Corey Perry and Ross Colton also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won three in a row overall. Rookie defenseman Nick Perbix had three assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves.


Couture's 5 points get Sharks by Pens

PITTSBURGH (AP) Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks made sure they didn't let a late third-period lead slip away for a second consecutive night.

Couture had two goals and three assists for his first career five-point game as the San Jose Sharks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 on Saturday night to snap a four-game skid.


McDavid scores 41st as Oilers stay hot

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Tyson Barrie scored twice, Connor McDavid had his NHL-best 41st goal and the Edmonton Oilers headed into their All-Star break with a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hyman each had a goal and two assists, and Evander Kane and Ryan McLeod also scored for the Oilers (28-18-4). They are 7-0-1 in their last eight games.


Wild score all 3 in shootout, top Sabres

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Mats Zuccarello, Kirill Kaprizov and Freddy Gaudreau scored in the shootout, lifting the Minnesota Wild past the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Saturday night.

Joel Eriksson Ek and Jared Spurgeon had goals in regulation for Minnesota, which headed into its All-Star break with two wins in a row.


Hart has 40-save shutout in Flyers' win

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Carter Hart made 40 saves for his first shutout of the season in the Philadelphia Flyers' 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

"It's obviously nice," Hart said. "There were a lot of big blocks, a lot of good sticks in lanes. They do a lot of seam passes and we did a good job of denying that."


Varlamov stops 44, Isles top Vegas in OT

NEW YORK (AP) Mathew Barzal scored in overtime and Semyon Varlamov made a season-high 44 saves to help the New York Islanders beat the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 on Saturday night for their second straight victory.

Barzal beat goaltender Logan Thompson with a high shot at 4:28 of the extra session after Varlamov stopped William Carrier on a penalty shot earlier in overtime, then denied Jack Eichel on another point-blank shot.


Newhook scores on birthday as Avs win

DENVER (AP) Alex Newhook scored on his birthday for the second straight season, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Saturday for their seventh win in eight games.

Evan Rodrigues, J.T. Compher and Matt Nieto also scored for the Avalanche, and Logan O'Connor had two assists. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 26 shots.


Wennberg scores vs. Jackets, Kraken win

SEATTLE (AP) Alex Wennberg scored midway through the second period against his former team to help the Seattle Kraken beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night.

Wennberg, who was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the first round in 2013, had his 10th goal of the season in his 600th career game.

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