NHL: Raymond, Schneider keep Canucks tied for first in NW

Vancouver's Mason Raymond fires the puck past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick for the only goal of the game. The Canucks are tied for first with Minnesota in the Northwest Division.


LOS ANGELES - 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, when they sustained a pair of 1-0 home losses.

Schneider has played the last three games for the Canucks, facing 88 shots and allowing only three goals.

The Canucks maintained their share of the Northwest Division lead with Minnesota.

• Wild 2, Sharks 0: In St. Paul, Minn., Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season, and Ryan Suter had two more assists, leading Minnesota to its season-high fifth straight victory.

Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for Minnesota. The Wild is 14-5-1 in its last 20 games and has won by two goals or more each time in the five-game winning streak.

Bakstrom swatted aside Andrew Desjardins's penalty shot barely three minutes into the game.

• Blues 3, Oilers 0: In Edmonton, Alberta, Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves for his third shutout of the season.

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.

• Devils 2, Panthers 1: In Newark, N.J., Travis Zajac set up two goals, and New Jersey rode another solid performance by Martin Brodeur to victory.

Patrik Elias and David Clarkson scored for New Jersey, and Brodeur finished with 17 saves.

• Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2: In Toronto, Nazem Kadri scored in the first period, and Frazer McLaren added a timely goal in the third as Toronto ended an eight-game losing streak to Boston.

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.

• Sabres 2, Canadiens 1: In Montreal, Thomas Vanek scored two goals.

It was the Sabres' 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.

• Predators 5, Blue Jackets 2: In Nashville, Tenn., Taylor Beck had a goal and an assist during Nashville's four-goal first period.

Shea Weber, David Legwand and Matt Halischuk also scored in the opening period for Nashville.

• Stars 5, Avalanche 2: In Dallas, Derek Roy, Eric Nystrom and Jaromir Jagr each had a goal and an assist for Dallas.

Rookie Jordie Benn scored his first NHL goal, and Cody Eakin added a goal for Dallas.

• Senators 5, Lightning 3: In Ottawa, Jakob Silfverberg, Eric Gryba, Guillaume Latendresse and Daniel Alfredsson scored in a 7:01 span in the first period.

Alfredsson also had an empty-net goal in the final minute.