WASHINGTON (AP) Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots, Jason Chimera had a goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals beat the struggling Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Saturday night for their seventh straight victory.

Off to the best start in franchise history, Washington leads the Eastern Conference with a 26-6-2 record and has won eight in a row at home. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jay Beagle also scored for the Capitals.

Holtby allowed only a second-period goal to Daniel Carr in earning his NHL-leading 22nd victory. He's 8-0-2 lifetime against Montreal with a goals-against average well under 2.00.

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Montreal has been outscored 22-6 while losing its last six games and has dropped 10 of 11 since Dec. 1.

BLUES 3, STARS 2, SO

ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Backes scored in the ninth round of a long shootout to lift St. Louis over Dallas.

Alexander Steen and Robby Fabbri scored in regulation and Jake Allen made 22 saves for the Blues, who earned their second win over the Stars this season.

Tyler Seguin and Colton Sceviour scored in regulation and Antti Niemi stopped 35 shots for the Central Division-leading Stars, who had won three straight overall.

The teams meet again in Dallas on Sunday.

SABRES 6, BRUINS 3

BOSTON (AP) - Jack Eichel scored twice in his return to Boston, Jamie McGinn had the go-ahead goal with 5:36 left and Buffalo rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period.

Ryan O'Reilly also scored twice for the Sabres, who broke loose for five goals in the third to win for the fourth time in six games. Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Evander Kane had the other Buffalo goal.

Matt Beleskey, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci scored for Boston, which lost its second straight in regulation after going 11-1-3 in its previous 15 games. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 23 saves.

Eichel, the No. 2 pick in the NHL draft last summer, also had two assists. He grew up about 35 miles north of Boston and starred for one season at Boston University. Eichel last played in TD Garden when BU lost the NCAA championship game to Providence last season.

RED WINGS 3, PREDATORS 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Brendan Smith had a goal and an assist to lead Detroit past Nashville.

Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening also scored for the Red Wings, who moved into a tie with Montreal atop the Atlantic Division. Petr Mrazek made 24 saves in the victory.

Filip Forsberg scored twice and Mike Ribeiro had a pair of assists for the Predators.

LIGHTNING 5, BLUE JACKETS 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos had two power-play goals and an assist during the second period and Tampa Bay beat Columbus.

Mike Blunden, Nikita Nesterov and Jason Garrison also scored for the Lightning, and Jonathan Marchessault extended his point streak to six games with two assists. Tampa Bay is 2-1 halfway through a six-game homestand.

Tampa Bay was 3 for 8 on the power play after going 1 for 10 in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night to Vancouver.

Columbus got goals from Rene Bourque and Scott Hartnell.

Ben Bishop made 30 saves for Tampa Bay. Stamkos had a pair of 5-on-3 goals to help the Lightning take a 3-2 lead.

KINGS 4, COYOTES 3, OT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Anze Kopitar scored 36 seconds into overtime to give Los Angeles a victory over Arizona.

Kopitar saved the Kings on a night when they rallied from a one-goal deficit only to squander a two-goal lead. Drew Doughty, Tanner Pearson and Dustin Brown also scored for Los Angeles, which won for the second time in six games.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored twice and Antoine Vermette added a goal for the Coyotes. Arizona lost for just the second time in its past 10 home games.

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings.

PENGUINS 3, WILD 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist in his return from a one-game injury absence, and Pittsburgh defeated Minnesota.

Eric Fehr and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins, who won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 17-19. Pittsburgh beat Columbus 5-2 Monday night without Crosby.

Matt Murray made 25 saves and Pittsburgh won for just the third time in 10 games. Kris Letang had a pair of assists after missing the past six games with an upper-body injury.

Minnesota has lost six of its last seven against Pittsburgh. Jason Zucker had the Wild's goal, and Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves.

HURRICANES 3, DEVILS 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Justin Faulk scored the go-ahead goal 8:17 into the third period to lift Carolina over New Jersey.

Faulk also had an assist, Joakim Nordstrom had a goal and an assist, Brett Pesce scored and Cam Ward made 19 saves for the Hurricanes.

Kyle Palmieri scored his team-leading 15th goal early in the third period and Cory Schneider stopped 22 shots, but the Devils haven't won consecutive games since mid-November.

CANUCKS 2, OILERS 1, OT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Jannik Hansen scored his second goal of the game at 4:01 and Vancouver edged Edmonton for its first overtime victory this season.

Hansen, who tied the score in the second period, skated down right wing and beat Cam Talbot for the game-winner. Matt Bartkowski and goalie Jacob Markstrom had the assists.

Vancouver (14-14-9) had been 0-7 when playing 3-on-3.

Mark Letestu opened the scoring in the first period for the Oilers (15-18-3).

It was the third straight home win for the Canucks, who were back at Rogers Arena for the first time since Dec. 9.

Markstrom made 32 saves for his third victory this season. Top goalie Ryan Miller was sidelined with muscle cramps, the team said.