WASHINGTON -- John Carlson, Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored as the Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory and NHL-best 10th in a row at home.
Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped 37 of 38 shots to pick up his third win of the season. The Capitals haven't lost at home since Nov. 30 and are 18-2-0 in their past 20 games in Washington.
Alex Ovechkin assisted on Carlson's goal to get him to four away from 500 for his career. Carlson, who's sixth among defensemen with 30 points, could join Ovechkin as an All-Star when the league announces rosters on Wednesday.
Daniel Sedin scored the only goal and Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves for the Canucks, who have lost five in a row. Vancouver has gone 2-11-2 in its past 15 games to go from third in the Pacific Division to 14th in the 15-team Western Conference (see full recap).
Kane racks up 5 points in Blackhawks’ rout
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Nick Schmaltz and Jonathan Toews each scored a pair of goals and Patrick Kane had a goal and four assists Tuesday night and the Chicago Blackhawks routed the Ottawa Senators 8-2.
Richard Panik, Patrick Sharp and Jan Rutta also scored for the Blackhawks, while Anton Forsberg made 25 saves.
Mark Stone and Derick Brassard scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson allowed four goals on 26 shots before giving way to Mike Condon, who also allowed four goals on 17 shots.
The loss snapped Ottawa's two-game winning streak and was the worst loss of the season since an 8-3 defeat on Oct. 30 against Montreal.
Toews scored his second of the game at 3:24 of the third period to extend the lead to 7-2 before Kane chipped in with his team-leading 18th on the power play (see full recap).
Connor, Ehlers spark Jets’ win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist, Nikolaj Ehlers also scored twice, and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-4 on Tuesday night for their third straight victory.
Patrik Laine and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for the Jets in the opener of a three-game road trip. Joel Armia added an empty-netter.
Blake Wheeler had two assists to extend his point-streak to seven games. The Central Division-leading Jets are 6-0-1 during that stretch.
Winnipeg's backup goaltender Steve Mason made 30 saves to earn a win for the first time in four starts.
Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist and Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and two assists for the Sabres, who were playing at home for first time since Dec. 22.
Buffalo has lost five in a row and twice in five days against the Jets (see full recap).