Quenneville makes history; Hurricanes win again

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville now has the second highest amount of victories in NHL history after watching his team beat Montreal 2-1 at Bell Centre.

Ryan Garbutt scored the winning goal in the first period after Canadiens’ Paul Byron had cancelled out Jonathan Toews’ opener in a frantic opening to the game.

“I feel very fortunate and honoured to be in some great company over the years,” said Quenneville, who also heaped praise on goaltender Corey Crawford for his 39 saves on the night.

Elsewhere in the NHL, Blake Wheeler scored 51 seconds into overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a thrilling 5-4 win over Nashville, but Predators centre Ryan Johnson was arguably the star of the show after grabbing a goal and an assist for his side.

The Islanders got the better of their New York rivals Rangers thanks to third-period markers from Brock Nelson, Nick Leddy and Kyle Okposo that turned a one-goal deficit into a 3-1 success.

Carolina were among the goals too as they stretched their winning streak to four. Jeff Skinner registered a goal, his seventeenth of the season, and an assist to help the Hurricanes to a 4-1 win over the St Louis Blues.

It was the same scoreline at Washington too, where the Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice and grabbed another assist was the Capitals beat Vancouver.

It was goaltending that was the talking point at Pepsi Centre, though, as Calvin Pickard claimed his first career shutout to help the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-0 win over New Jersey.

In the night’s other games Detroit scored two power-play goals as they edged a game with the Arizona Coyotes 3-2, while it was a frustrating return to San Jose for Todd McLellan as he watched his Edmonton Oilers lose 2-1 to the Sharks in a shootout.