CHICAGO – Marian Hossa scored two goals, and Kris Versteeg and Bryan Bickell also tallied to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past Anaheim 4-2 on Friday night to end the Ducks’ eight-game winning streak and hand them only their second loss in the past 20 games.
Corey Crawford made 19 saves to help the Blackhawks end a five-game losing streak against Anaheim—including three straight in Chicago—and beat the Ducks for the first time since December 2011.
With Chicago cruising 3-0, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf scored on a wrist shot to cap an odd-man break with 6:13 left in the third to end Crawford’s shutout bid.
Then Kyle Palmieri connected on a 40-foot shot 53 seconds later to make it close before Hossa scored into an empty net with 7.6 seconds left.
Anaheim’s run of 18 wins in 19 games began with a 3-2 shootout victory at Chicago on Dec. 6. It was the longest span of one-loss play since the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens won a record 20 of 21.
Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller was sharp and made 31 saves, but his 14-game winning streak ended. That run tied him for second-longest in NHL history with four other goalies.
BLUE JACKETS 5, CAPITALS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Cam Atkinson scored two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky continued his hot streak to lead Columbus past Washington for its fifth straight victory.
The Capitals, who got a goal from John Carlson, have lost four in a row and 11 of 15.
Ryan Johansen added a goal and assist, James Wisniewski had a goal, Mark Letestu scored for the fifth time in six games and Jack Johnson had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who had lost their past five meetings with Washington.