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NHL roundup: Kraken blank Canadiens, extend winning streak

Jan 9, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Seattle Kraken forward Jordan Eberle (7) plays the puck during the third period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Matty Beniers, Vince Dunn and Eeli Tolvanen each had a goal and an assist, and Martin Jones needed to make just 21 saves for his second shutout of the season as the visiting Seattle Kraken won their fifth in a row, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 on Monday night.

Daniel Sprong recorded his 13th goal and Yanni Gourde posted two assists for the Kraken, who have outscored their opponents 26-8 while winning all five January contests, including the first four — all in Canada — of a season-high seven-game road stretch.

Jones, among the NHL leaders with 19 wins, was not tested often thanks to some stellar defensive play in front. He was solid nonetheless in allowing two or fewer goals for the fourth time in five starts and posting his 27th career shutout. Jones’ other shutout this season came in a 4-0 victory at Minnesota on Nov. 3.

Sam Montembeault stopped 37 shots for the Canadiens, who were unable to build on Saturday’s 5-4 victory over St. Louis that snapped their 0-6-1 slide. Montreal, which has just two wins and five points in its last 13 contests, failed to record double-digit shots in any period while being shut out for the third time this season.

Flyers 4, Sabres 0

Joel Farabee had one goal and one assist to lift Philadelphia past host Buffalo.

Flyers goaltender Sam Ersson stopped all 28 shots he faced for his first career shutout in just his fifth start. Zack MacEwen, Noah Cates and Wade Allison each added one goal for the Flyers. Travis Konecny contributed two assists and extended his point streak to nine games.

The Sabres, who had won eight of nine heading into Monday’s contest, were blanked for the first time this season. Buffalo goaltender Craig Anderson made 34 saves.

Predators 3, Senators 0

Filip Forsberg collected one goal and one assist and goaltender Juuse Saros posted his first shutout of the season as Nashville won at Ottawa.

Roman Josi and Jeremy Lauzon also scored for the Predators, who are on a four-game winning streak and a 5-0-1 run that’s pulled them into the playoff race. Saros, in his first game since his incredible 64-save performance against the Carolina Hurricanes last Thursday, made 38 saves — 16 of them in the third period — for his 19th career shutout.

Cam Talbot stopped 33 shots for the Senators, who have dropped two straight games and were blanked for the first time this season.

–Field Level Media