No matter what goalie the Chicago Blackhawks put into their net, they are coming away with win after win.
Corey Crawford completed the task to perfection on Sunday night as he made Andrew Shaw's goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets that stretched the Blackhawks' NHL-record, season-opening point streak to 18 games.
The Blackhawks are 15-0-3 and show no signs of slowing down.
Crawford earned his seventh NHL shutout and second this season in his first start since Feb. 12. He outdueled Columbus' Steve Mason, who stopped 26 shots including some sensational point-blank chances.
"I'm seeing the puck well," said Crawford (8-0-3). "Everyone is doing their job, chipping in. It makes it a lot easier for me."
"Overall I felt good."
Crawford had been sidelined after he sustained an upper-body injury in a 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim on Feb. 12. Ray Emery started and won four games in his absence.
Shaw provided all the offense in the second period on Sunday for the Blackhawks, who have earned 33 of 36 possible points.
Ducks 4, Avalanche 3: Ryan Getzlaf scored the tying goal in the third period and set up Corey Perry's second of the game at 4:14 of overtime as host Anaheim beat Colorado for its sixth straight victory and 10th in 11 games. The Ducks (13-2-1) have the NHL's second-best record. Teemu Selanne scored his 668th career goal, tying Luc Robitaille for 11th place on the NHL list.
Penguins 5, Lightning 3: Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist to lead host Pittsburgh past Tampa Bay in their first game since NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin was injured. Beau Bennett scored his first career goal on the power play to help Pittsburgh take over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. Malkin was re-evaluated over the weekend for a concussion.
Jets 4, Devils 2: Evander Kane scored a breakaway goal in the second period, and Andrew Ladd added some insurance in the third to lift Winnipeg over host New Jersey. The Devils' Johan Hedberg, a late-minute replacement for Martin Brodeur, stopped 23 shots. Brodeur left the ice in pregame warmups because of "a little soreness," the Devils said.
Flames 5, Coyotes 4: Jarome Iginla scored twice and host Calgary had goals 23 seconds apart in the final 2 minutes to rally for a victory over Phoenix.