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Blackhawks beat Habs again

CHICAGO—Patrick Kane had a big grin on his face as he skated around the back of the net to congratulate Artemi Panarin on his nifty pass in the third period.

Lots of smiles for the Chicago Blackhawks these days.

The Blackhawks matched a franchise record with their 11th-straight victory—using two goals from Jonathan Toews to beat the slumping Montreal Canadiens 5-2 yesterday.

Team World grabs lead

LAS VEGAS—Team World finds itself in an unusual position at the 2016 Continental Cup after taking the lead against Team North America on the opening day of competition.

The World squad is riding a three-year losing streak but hold a 5-4 edge in points after picking up two victories last night.

’Wolves mired in skid

HOUSTON—The Houston Rockets finally are on a roll, playing the way they expected to—but didn’t—to start the season.

James Harden had 27 points and 11 assists as the Rockets got their season-high fifth-straight win—a 107-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night.

“We’re playing for each other. That’s the most important thing,” said Harden.