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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Red Wings Close In on Wins Record


DETROIT -- Mike Vernon made 29 saves as the Detroit Red Wings beat Anaheim 5-1 to extend their unbeaten streak to 11 games.

With their 56th win Monday night, the Red Wings moved within five victories of breaking the National Hockey League season record of 60 victories set by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.

Detroit has nine games left to reach the mark, although the season is now 82 games instead of the 80 played when Montreal set the mark.

The loss stopped Anaheim's franchise-best unbeaten streak at seven (6-0-1).

Paul Coffey had two assists for the Red Wings, who got goals from Keith Primeau, Vladimir Konstantinov, Dino Ciccarelli, Sergei Fedorov and Tim Taylor. Anatoli Semanov scored for Anaheim.

"We just played our style. I guess it can get boring but it works for us," said Ciccarelli, whose power-play tally 3:27 into the second period gave Detroit a three-goal lead.

"It's going to be worse. Teams think the only way to beat us is to try and intimidate us. They're going to throw a lot of different things at us."

"From now on, game in and game out, the teams we face are jockeying for playoff position or trying to get in. They're fighting for their playoff lives, so it will be chippy," said Primeau, who gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.

"When that happens it gets them off their game and they're not focusing on what they're supposed to be doing."

Canucks 4, Kings 1. In Vancouver, Kirk McLean made 23 saves and four different players scored as Vancouver beat the Los Angeles Kings.

Cliff Ronning, Jesse Belanger, Leif Rohlin and Russ Courtnall scored for the Canucks as they won for just the second time in nine games.

Kevin Todd scored for the Kings, winless in seven games, in the second period to spoil McLean's shutout bid. The Canucks outshot the Kings 27-24.

Maple Leafs 4, Flames 2. In Calgary, Felix Potvin stopped 46 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs survived a rally by the Calgary Flames.

The Maple Leafs took a four-goal lead in the first period as Dmitri Yushkevich, Mats Sundin, Mathieu Schneider and Wendel Clark scored even though Toronto was outshot 21-11 in the period.

Steve Chiasson broke Potvin's shutout three minutes before the end of the second period and Theoren Fleury added a power-play goal midway through the third.

Flyers 3, Whalers 0. In Philadelphia, Ron Hextall made 21 saves for his second straight shutout and fourth of the season as the Philadelphia Flyers got two goals from John LeClair in beating the Hartford Whalers 3-0.

The Flyers, 24-8-5 at home this season, got another solid performance from Hextall, who shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 Saturday night.

It was the first time a Philadelphia goaltender has recorded back-to-back shutouts since Bernie Parent did it in the playoffs against Toronto in April 1975.

Canadiens 4, Islanders 1. In Montreal, Craig Rivet scored his first NHL goal as Montreal beat the struggling New York Islanders. ()