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Nikolai Khabibulin’s 26 stops helps Blackhawks blank Kings 3-0

Khabibulin, who signed a four-year, US$27-million contract with the Blackhawks in August 2005, posted his first regular-season shutout since March 1, 2004, while with Tampa Bay. He played his 99th game with Chicago and recorded his 36th NHL shutout.

In the 2004 playoffs, Khabibulin posted five shutouts with the Lightning to help lead them to the Stanley Cup title.

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Rene Bourque also scored for Chicago, which won its second straight after a 1-6-2 stretch. Brent Seabrook and Jeff Hamilton each had two assists in the matchup of the Western Conference’s two worst teams.

Sean Burke made 18 saves for the Kings, last in the West with 54 points.