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NHL roundup: Blackhawks push point streak to 20 games

The Rangers’ Derek Stepan (21) celebrates with Taylor Pyatt, Ryan Callahan, and Dan Girardi after his first-period goal.

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The Rangers’ Derek Stepan (21) celebrates with Taylor Pyatt, Ryan Callahan, and Dan Girardi after his first-period goal.

The wins keep coming for the Chicago Blackhawks. Still, goalie Ray Emery is taking a realistic approach to their record-setting start.

‘‘I know we’re not going to go unbeaten,’’ he said.

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The way the Blackhawks are going, Emery may be selling his team short.

Jonathan Toews scored twice, while Emery and Corey Crawford combined on a shutout as the Blackhawks extended their NHL-record season-opening points streak to 20 games with a 3-0 win over the Blues on Thursday night in St. Louis.

Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago, which was coming off a 6-0-1 homestand and improved to 9-0-2 on the road. The Blackhawks, who have won seven in a row overall, have earned 37 out of a possible 40 points this season with a 17-0-3 start.

Crawford was pulled with an upper-body injury after making six saves in the first period. He missed four games earlier this month, also with an upper-body injury, and returned to the lineup Sunday, making 28 stops in a 1-0 win over Columbus. Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game that Crawford is day to day, and it wasn’t the same injury that previously sidelined the goalie.

Emery made 15 saves over the final two periods, as he and Crawford finished with 21.

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Toews scored his eighth goal of the season just 12 seconds into the game off a cross-ice pass from Brandon Saad. Marian Hossa started the play after Toews won the faceoff. The goal was the fastest at the beginning of a game by a Chicago player since Dave Bolland scored 10 seconds into a 4-1 win against Dallas on March 16, 2012.

Rangers 4, Lightning 1 — Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan scored in a one-sided first period, as New York, suddenly healthy, snapped a four-game losing streak with a home victory.

Defenseman Marc Staal added just the eighth power-play goal of the season in the second period for New York, which ended an 0-3-1 skid in the second game of a four-game homestand and completed a three-game, season-series sweep.

The Rangers were bolstered by the return of forward Rick Nash, who missed four games, and defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto.

New York moved 1 point ahead of Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference.

Nash, who assisted on Staal’s goal, finished the scoring with 1:33 remaining off a feed from Brad Richards on a rush for his fourth goal. McDonagh had two assists.

Hurricanes 4, Penguins 1 — Jiri Tlusty had two goals and an assist as host Carolina beat Pittsburgh in ex-Penguin Jordan Staal’s first game against his former team.

Eric Staal had a goal and two assists, Alexander Semin added two assists, and Jeff Skinner scored a goal in his first game back from a concussion.

Sabres 4, Panthers 3 — Nathan Gerbe scored his first two goals of the season and Ryan Miller made 38 saves as visiting Buffalo beat Florida in a shootout.

Maple Leafs 5, Islanders 4 — Nazem Kadri notched his first career hat trick and Dion Phaneuf scored at 1:11 of overtime to give visiting Toronto a victory over New York.

Jets 3, Devils 1 — Andrew Ladd scored eight seconds into the game, tying a franchise record, and finished with two goals and an assist to lead host Winnipeg over New Jersey.

Avalanche 5, Flames 4 — Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists and Colorado scored three times in the third period to rally past Calgary, which improved to 6-2-1 at home..

Wild 4, Coyotes 3 — Dany Heatley scored two goals and Jared Spurgeon added his first goal in more than a year as visiting Minnesota held off Phoenix.

Oilers 5, Stars 1 — Ales Hemsky scored a goal and two assists, Jeff Petry added a goal and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves in helping visiting Edmonton roll over Dallas.

Red Wings 2, Sharks 1 — Damen Brunner scored the lone goal in a shootout and Jonas Gustavsson stopped all three shots in his first start of the season in San Jose to lead Detroit to its third win in four games.

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