NHL Capsules: Blackhawks stop losing skid with win over East-leading Rangers

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jonathan Toews scored on a penalty shot to start Chicago’s four-goal first period against New York backup Martin Biron, and the Blackhawks emphatically snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers on Thursday night.

Toews kicked off the spree just over a minute in, defenceman Nick Leddy doubled the lead 1:03 later, and Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa added goals to make it 4-0 before 10 minutes had elapsed. Corey Crawford kept things mostly intact the rest of the way, stopping 22 shots to help the Blackhawks earn their first win since they topped Florida on Jan. 20.

Toews and Hossa both added assists in the first period, and defenceman Brent Seabrook set up two goals for the Blackhawks, who scored over three goals in a game only once during their losing streak (0-8-1). Chicago, which had 22 shots, was 0-6-1 during the first seven games of a nine-game trip that ends Saturday at Columbus.

Marc Staal and Carl Hagelin scored for New York.

The Rangers went 0 for 7 on the power play and missed a chance to jump over Detroit to the top of the NHL standings. New York had won four straight and eight of 10 (8-1-1) to open a seven-point lead in the East over defending Stanley Cup champion Boston.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—Evander Kane had two goals in regulation and the winner in the fourth round of a shootout in Winnipeg’s victory over Minnesota.

Kane has four goals in five games for the Jets since returning from injury and 21 for the season. He upstaged Devin Setoguchi, who had his first two-goal game for the Wild.

Mikko Koivu gave the Wild the lead early in the third period, but Alexander Burmistrov scored on a rebound off an end-board ricochet for the Jets exactly two minutes later.

Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien, a Minnesota native, logged heavy ice time again and had two assists, giving him six points in his last four games.


DALLAS (AP)—Mike Ribeiro scored at 2:01 of overtime to lift Dallas past Calgary.

Ribeiro’s slap shot from just beyond the right circle sailed over goalie Miikka Kiprusoff’s shoulder for Ribeiro’s 12th of the season. Ribeiro pumped his fist in celebration after the Stars broke a 1-3-1 slide.

Steve Ott and Adam Burish also scored for Dallas. Jarome Iginla scored his team-high 23rd goal, and Mike Cammalleri added a goal for Calgary.

Calgary has 63 points, two more than Dallas as the teams try to climb into the top eight in the Western Conference.


PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Wayne Simmonds scored two goals after he was hit in the face in warmups, Max Talbot also scored twice, and Claude Giroux had five assists, leading Philadelphia past Buffalo.

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Simmonds, who has a career-high 20 goals, joined the bench minutes into the first period, wearing a full face shield. He needed 25 stitches in his upper and lower lips.

Erik Gustafsson scored his first career NHL goal as part of a four-goal second period for the Flyers. That surge bailed out goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who allowed two goals in the first.

Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell added goals in the third for the Flyers. Hartnell also had three assists.

Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Martin St. Louis scored his second goal of the game 4:27 into overtime, Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists in his 300th NHL game, and Tampa Bay beat San Jose.

St. Louis got the winner from close range off a pass from Victor Hedman.

Stamkos, the NHL leader with 39 goals this season, has 158 goals and 298 points overall.

Teddy Purcell and Steve Downie also scored for Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay’s Dwayne Roloson made 45 saves, including five in overtime.

The Pacific Division-leading Sharks got goals from Logan Couture, Michal Handzus, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Colin White and Tommy Wingels, who got San Jose even at 5 during a 2-on-1 with 5:10 remaining in the third.


ST. LOUIS (AP)—Andy McDonald scored his first goal of the season, and T.J. Oshie had goal and an assist in St. Louis’ victory over New York.

McDonald has playedonly six games after missing 51 with a concussion.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Jason Arnott and David Perron also scored, and Alex Pietrangelo had three assists to help the Blues move within three points of NHL-leading Detroit with 77 points.

Brian Elliott made 26 saves, allowing only Frans Nielsen’s goal.

The Blues have points in a team-record 20 straight home games (17-0-3) and have 25 home wins, one more that the Red Wings for most in the league (25-3-4).


LOS ANGELES (AP)—Mike Smith posted his fourth shutout of the season after getting into first-period altercation with Anze Kopitar, and Radim Vrbata tied a career high with his 27th goal for Phoenix.

Smith made 28 saves for his 15th career shutout, and Vrbata scored on a power play in the second period.

Vrbata scored while Kings defenceman Jack Johnson was serving a delay-of-game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass. Vrbata beat Jonathan Quick to the glove side with a 25-foot wrist shot from the right circle after getting a cross-ice pass from Ray Whitney. The goal was Vrbata’s ninth game-winner of the season, one fewer than league-leader Johan Franzen of Detroit.

The game featured three fights in the first period, including a rare brawl between the team captains, as the Kings’ Dustin Brown and Shane Doan slugged it out at 4:37.