Capitals make it eight in a row; Avs down San Jose

The Washington Capitals shut out the Buffalo Sabres to grab a 2-0 victory at the First Niagra Center and secure their eight straight win on Monday night. 

Alex Ovechkin and Jay Beagle each scored in the second period, and Braden Holtby made 31 saves to secure the 22nd shut out of his career and his second this season to help the Capitals improve to 27-6-2 on the year, while the Sabres fell to 15-17-4.

Elsewhere, Nathan MacKinnon ended a 14-game goal drought with his second career hat-trick, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-3 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

MacKinnon scored two of Colorado's four power play goals, with Carl Soderberg and Blake Comeau also scoring during the man-advantage for the Avalanche (18-17-2), before Matt Duchene also notched to add a sixth. 

Patrick Marleau, Melker Karlsson and Tomas Hertle scored for the Sharks (17-16-2), and goaltender Martin Jones allowed five goals in 25 shots, but Colorado ran out deserved winners to move to 18-17-2 for the season and end a 13-game win less streak against San Jose dating back to 2008.

Also, James Neal scored two goals in the Nashville Predators' 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers at the Bridgestone Arena.

Filip Forsberg extended his point streak to five games after giving the hosts the lead, before the Rangers (20-13-4) hit back to tie things up at 1-1 through Jesper Fast. Neal then grabbed the first of his two goals, as Nashville (18-12-2) scored four without reply with Craig Smith and Ryan Ellis notching before Neal grabbed his second to round off the Predators scoring.

Rick Nash and J.T Miller notched two late goals for New York as they added some gloss to the scoreline, but they couldn't prevent Nashville from securing their third win in four games.

Meanwhile. the Minnesota Wild defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1, the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 and the Montreal Canadiens ran out 4-3 winners over the Tampa Bay Lightning.