Blackhawks Blank Blues, NHL Roundup
Published on March 20 2014 6:09 am
Last Updated on March 20 2014 6:15 am
Written by Millie Lange
Blackhawks Blank Blues
(Chicago, IL) -- Corey Crawford made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season and 10th of his career, as the Blackhawks blanked the Blues 4-0 at the United Center. Chicago's Joel Quenneville became the third NHL head coach to win 700 games. Duncan Keith, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith all scored for the 'Hawks, who have won two-of-three. Patrick Kane is expected to be out around three weeks with a lower-body injury suffered in the second period. Ryan Miller was pulled after allowing four goals on 27 shots in just under 48 minutes of action. Brian Elliott stopped all three shots he faced the rest of the way. St. Louis had won three in-a-row and eight-of-nine coming into the contest.
Stamkos Leads Lightning Past Leafs
(Toronto, Ontario) -- Steven Stamkos recorded his second hat trick of the season and seventh of his career to lead the Lightning past the Maple Leafs 5-3 at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defenseman Paul Ranger left the ice on a stretcher after his head hit the boards following a hard hit from Tampa's Alex Killorn in the first period. Stamkos scored twice in a 2:17 span in the first period. Radko Gudas also lit the lamp in the first, while Tyler Johnson tallied a goal and an assist for the Bolts, who have won four straight on the heels of a five-game skid. Ben Bishop denied 36 shots in the victory. Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin and Jake Gardiner all scored for the Leafs, who have lost three in-a-row. James Reimer allowed all five goals on 30 shots in the setback.
Jets Nip Avalanche In OT
(Winnipeg, Manitoba) -- Blake Wheeler scored early in overtime to lift the Jets to a 5-4 win over the Avalanche in Manitoba. He ended with a goal and two assists. Andrew Ladd scored twice in regulation for Winnipeg, which has won two-of-three. Al Montoya stopped 23 shots in net for the victors. Cody McLeod tied the game at four midway through the third period for Colorado, which has lost three of its last four. Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and Nick Holden also lit the lamp in the loss. Reto Berra made 22 saves in defeat.
Canucks Blank Predators
(Vancouver, British Columbia) -- Rookie Eddie Lack made 30 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the Predators 2-0 in Vancouver. Nicklas Jensen and Alexander Edler scored 1:13 apart in the second period for the Canucks, who have alternated wins and losses over their last eight games. Carter Hutton stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced for Nashville, which has lost three in-a-row after a three-game winning streak.
Quenneville Joins 700-Win Club
(Chicago, IL) -- Joel Quenneville is the third NHL head coach to win 700 games. He achieved the mark after the Blackhawks defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-0 at the United Center on Wednesday night. He trails only Hall of Famers Scotty Bowman, who has 1,244 wins, and Al Arbour, who sits with 782. Quenneville has led the Blackhawks to a pair of Stanley Cup championships since taking over in 2008.
Blackhawks Ink Mashinter
The Chicago Blackhawks have signed forward Brandon Mashinter to a two-year extension. He was acquired from the Rangers in early December. He has yet to appear in a game for Chicago but played in six with New York. Mashinter has 10 goals and 22 points in 34 games for Rockford of the AHL.
Wednesday, March 19 Scoreboard
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Chicago Blackhawks 4, St. Louis Blues 0
Winnipeg Jets 5, Colorado Avalanche 4 (OT)
Vancouver Canucks 2, Nashville Predators 0
Thursday, March 20 Schedule (All Times Central)
6:00 p.m. - Minnesota Wild at New Jersey Devils
6:00 p.m. - Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers
6:30 p.m. - Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens
6:30 p.m. - Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators
6:30 p.m. - Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings
8:30 p.m. - Buffalo Sabres at Edmonton Oilers
9:00 p.m. - Florida Panthers at Phoenix Coyotes
9:30 p.m. - Washington Capitals at Los Angeles Kings
9:30 p.m. - Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks