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Kings slip by Canucks; Wild wins fifth straight

Cory Schneider made 20 saves en route to his sixth NHL shutout, Mason Raymond scored in the first period, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings, 1-0, yesterday for their third straight victory.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings, coming off a 2-0 home loss to Dallas on Thursday in which they had 40 shots, were shut out for the third time this season. It is the first time they have been blanked in consecutive games since Feb. 16-18, 2012.

Schneider has played the last three games for the Canucks, facing 88 shots and allowing only three goals. His other shutout this season was on Jan. 26 at Anaheim.

The Canucks, who maintained their share of the Northwest Division lead with Minnesota, scored the only goal at 11:06 of the first period.

WILD 2, SHARKS 0

Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season, and Ryan Suter had two more assists, leading Minnesota past San Jose for the Wild’s season-high fifth straight victory.

Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for Minnesota. The Wild are 14-5-1 in their last 20 games, and have won by at least two goals in each victory in the streak.

Backstrom swatted aside Andrew Desjardins’s penalty shot barely 3 minutes into the game. The goalie is 13-3-1 in his last 17 games, giving up two goals or fewer in 13 of those turns.

Antti Niemi made several tough stops among his 22 saves for the Sharks,

The Sharks won their first seven games, but since then they have been unable to stay in a groove. They fell to 2-5-2 in their last nine.

SENATORS 5, LIGHTNING 3

Jakob Silfverberg, Eric Gryba, Guillaume Latendresse and Daniel Alfredsson scored in a 7:01 span in the first period, and Ottawa held off Tampa Bay.

Alfredsson also had an empty-net goal in the final minute. Robin Lehner made 29 saves, and Marc Methot, who missed the last game because of a knee injury, and Kyle Turris each had two assists.

Tyler Johnson scored twice in the third period for Tampa Bay, and Teddy Purcell made it 4-3 with 1:59 left.

Mathieu Garon was yanked from the Tampa Bay net in the first period after allowing three goals on the first 11 shots. Cedrick Desjardins was strong in relief, making 19 saves.

DEVILS 2, PANTHERS 1

Travis Zajac set up two goals, and New Jersey rode another solid performance by Martin Brodeur to a victory over Florida.

Patrik Elias and David Clarkson scored for New Jersey, and Brodeur finished with 17 saves as the Devils won their second straight since the 40-year-old goalie returned to the lineup after being sidelined a month with a pinched nerve in his neck.

The victory might have been costly for New Jersey as star forward Ilya Kovalchuk missed the final 10 minutes after crashing into the boards. He appeared to have a shoulder injury.

Peter Mueller scored for Florida, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves for the Panthers, who are on a season-high, five-game road trip.

SABRES 2, CANADIENS 1

Thomas Vanek scored two goals to lead Buffalo over Montreal.

It was the Sabres’ (13-15-4) third straight win in a run that began with an overtime victory in Montreal on Tuesday. Ryan Miller stopped 39 shots in this one for Buffalo.

Michael Ryder scored the lone goal for Montreal (20-6-5), and Carey Price made 16 saves. Ryder, reacquired from Dallas in a trade last month, scored his first goal back in Montreal while playing for the Canadiens since March 11, 2008.

PREDATORS 5, BLUE JACKETS 2

Taylor Beck had a goal and an assist during Nashville’s four-goal first period and the Predators beat Columbus to earn consecutive wins for the first time in over a month.

Shea Weber, David Legwand and Matt Halischuk also scored in the opening period for Nashville. Roman Josi added an empty-net goal in the closing seconds, and Martin Erat, Gabriel Bourque and Bobby Butler each had a pair of assists.

Pekka Rinne made 21 saves.

R.J. Umberger and Artem Anisimov had goals for the Blue Jackets, whose franchise-record streak of earning at least one point ended at 12 games (8-0-4).

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped only seven of the 11 shots he faced before being replaced midway through the first by Steve Mason, who made 12 saves the rest of the way.

STARS 5, AVALANCHE 2

Derek Roy, Eric Nystrom and Jaromir Jagr each had a goal and an assist to lead Dallas over Colorado.

Rookie Jordie Benn scored his first NHL goal, and Cody Eakin added a goal for Dallas, which won its second straight game following a 1-4-1 stretch in which they were outscored 23-10. Jamie Benn, Jordie Benn’s younger brother, added three assists.

The Stars moved up from 10th place to eighth in the Western Conference, jumping ahead of San Jose and Columbus.

Kari Lehtonen, in his 11th straight start, stopped 33 shots two nights after making 40 saves in a 2-0 win at Los Angeles.

Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, and P.A. Parenteau also scored for Colorado.

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