Panthers top Wild to extend streak


Jaromir Jagr had two shots on goal Sunday night and that was enough to extend Florida’s record-setting run.

Jagr scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the third period, and Al Montoya made 38 saves as the streaking Panthers beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1.

The victory was the ninth in a row for Florida and was the team’s seventh straight at home, both franchise records. The nine-game winning streak ties Montreal, Washington and the New York Rangers for the longest in the NHL this season.

With the game tied 1-1 in the third, Jagr took a long diagonal pass along the right boards from Brandon Pirri after Minnesota was caught with three players behind the Florida net.

Jagr kept control of the puck, weaved to the high slot and whistled a shot past goalie Devan Dubnyk for his team-leading 13th goal at 8:52.

“Sometimes you don’t have your best game, but you just have to find a way to do it,” Jagr said after scoring his NHL-record 132nd game-winning goal. “I didn’t feel good about my game (last night). I just wanted to make sure it went better today.”

The 43-year-old Jagr has 735 goals, six behind Brett Hull for third on the league’s career list.

Florida swept its six-game homestand with the win.

“There were some tough teams during this (streak). I thought we outplayed the other team in every game except tonight,” coach Gerard Gallant said.

Blackhawks 3, Senators 0

In Chicago, Corey Crawford made 26 saves in his NHL-leading sixth shutout of the season as the Blackhawks beat Ottawa for their third straight win.

Islanders 6, Stars 5

In New York, Kyle Okposo had two goals and an assist, Cal Clutterbuck scored twice and the Islanders beat NHL-best Dallas.

Anders Lee had a goal and an assist, and Mikhail Grabovski also scored to help New York win for the fourth time in six games.

Ducks 4, Jets 1

In Anaheim, Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler each scored a power-play goal, and the Ducks earned at least one point for the sixth consecutive game by defeating Winnipeg.