TORONTO -- 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 on Saturday 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
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- 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.
Backstrom swatted aside Andrew Desjardins' 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
DEVILS 2, PANTHERS 1
NEWARK, N.J. -- 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.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, BRUINS 2
The Bruins tried to rally from a 3-0 hole in the third period, throwing everything they had at Toronto in the final minutes. Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference, who scored after the goalie was pulled, had goals for the Bruins. Boston held a 33-13 edge in shots.
Mikhail Grabovski also scored for Toronto (17-12-3), which did a lot with a little offense. The Maple Leafs had four shots in the first period, five in the second, and four in the third but managed to score a goal in each frame.
Kadri has three goals and six assists in four games.
Boston outshot Toronto 33-13. The Bruins (20-7-3) hadn't lost in the regular season to Toronto since March 31, 2011.
SABRES 2, CANADIENS 1
MONTREAL -- 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
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Taylor Beck had a goal and an assist during Nashville's four-goal first period and the Predators beat Columbus to earn consecutive games 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.
STARS 5, AVALANCHE 2
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.
BLUES 3, OILERS 0
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves for his third shutout of the season to lead St. Louis.
Chris Stewart, Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie scored to help the Blues improve to 17-11-2 with their sixth victory in the last eight games. The Oilers dropped to 11-12-7. They have lost three of their last four, though two of those were in extra time.
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