Ducks sink Canadiens to extend winning run

The Anaheim Ducks stretched their winning run in the NHL to nine games after they recorded a shoot-out victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Jakob Silfverberg scored the only goal in the shootout to secure a 3-2 win for the Ducks, who are now level with the Los Angeles Kings at the top of the Pacific Division.

Alex Galchenyuk put the Canadiens ahead twice but Jamie McGinn and then a power-play effort from Corey Perry got the Ducks back level on each occasion.

Patrick Kane matched his season’s best points tally during the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-2 thrashing of the Detroit Red Wings.

Kane had a goal and two assists to make it 88 points for the season.

Artemi Panarin scored twice while Brent Seabrook and Andrew Ladd also netted as the Blackhawks pulled two points clear at the top of the Western Conference.

The NHL-leading Washington Capitals edged to a 3-2 victory against the rock-bottom Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Capitals led 2-0 thanks to first-period goals from Taylor Chorney and Alex Ovechkin but Toronto hit back through Nikita Soshnikov and Colin Greening.

But Matt Niskanen’s powerplay goal with 10:29 left of the game secured win number 47 for Washington.