Blackhawks Win In Shootout, Blues Down Sabres
Published on April 4 2014 6:35 am
Last Updated on April 4 2014 6:35 am
Written by Millie Lange
Blackhawks Edge Wild In Shootout
(Chicago, IL) -- Marian Hossa scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Blackhawks edged the Wild 3-2 at the United Center. Ben Smith and Bryan Bickell both scored in regulation for the 'Hawks, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Corey Crawford stopped 25 shots plus all three shootout attempts for the win. Charlie Coyle and Erik Haula tallied a goal each for Minnesota, which had won its previous two. Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves in defeat.
Blues Double Up Sabres
(St. Louis, MO) -- Brenden Morrow hit the eventual game-winner with under two minutes to play in regulation as the Blues held off the Sabres 2-1 in St. Louis. Maxim Lapierre scored the first goal for St. Louis, which has won five of six. The Blues are three points up on Anaheim for the best record in the West and are tied with the Boston Bruins with 111 points. Brian Elliott halted 24 shots in net for the victors. Cody Hodgson scored with under a minute to go for Buffalo, which has lost five of its last six games. Nathan Lieuwen stopped 26 shots in the loss.
Blue Jackets Blank Flyers
(Philadelphia, PA) -- Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and eighth of his career, as the Blue Jackets blanked the Flyers 2-0 at Wells Fargo Center. James Wisniewski tallied a goal and an assist, while Brandon Dubinsky also lit the lamp for Columbus, which has won three-of-five and currently holds the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Steve Mason allowed both goals on 27 shots for the Flyers, who have lost five-of-six.
Hurricanes Cruise Past Stars
(Raleigh, NC) -- Eric Staal, Justin Faulk and John-Michael Liles all scored less than five minutes apart in the second period as the Hurricanes cruised to a 4-1 win over the Stars at PNC Arena. Liles also had two assists, while Riley Nash added a third period tally for the 'Canes, who have won two in-a-row. Anton Khudobin kicked aside 33 of the 34 shots he faced in the victory. Tyler Seguin scored the lone goal for Dallas, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Stars remain tied with Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 85 points apiece, but have a game in hand. Kari Lehtonen and Tim Thomas combined to stop just 28-of-32 shots in the setback.
Maple Leafs Nip Bruins
(Toronto, Ontario) -- Nazem Kadri scored the game-winner nearly three minutes into overtime to lift the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the Bruins in Ontario. Paul Ranger, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored in regulation for Toronto, which has won two straight and is one point back of Columbus for the final Wild Card spot in the East. Jonathan Bernier stopped 25 shots before leaving in the third with a leg injury. James Reimer denied 10 shots the rest of the way. Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored in the third to tie it for Boston, which has lost two in-a-row. Brad Marchand also scored in the loss. Chad Johnson turned aside 27 attempts in defeat.
Penguins Double Up Jets
(Winnipeg, Manitoba) -- Paul Martin and Brian Gibbons each scored a goal in the third period to lift the Penguins to a 4-2 win over the Jets at the MTS Centre. Martin made his return to the ice after sitting out nearly two months with a broken hand suffered at the Olympics. Pittsburgh fell behind 2-1 and then tied the game at two off the stick of Craig Adams with 1:13 left in the second period. Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 13 of the 15 shots he faced for the Pens, who remain second in the East with 103 points. Olli Jokinen and Zach Redmond each lit the lamp in the loss. Ondrej Pavelec allowed four goals on 21 shots. The Jets have 78 points with only four games left.
Avalanche Sink Rangers In Shootout
(Denver, CO) -- Tyson Barrie scored the game tying gaol with less than a minute left in regulation as well as the only goal in the shootout to lift the Avalanche over the Rangers 3-2 at the Pepsi Center. Andre Benoit also found the back of the net in the second period. Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots in goal for Colorado, which has won five straight. Henrik Lundqvist blocked 35 shots out of 37 put on goal by Colorado. John Moore and Derek Stepan each chipped in a goal for the Rangers, who hold the fifth seed in the East and are still looking to clinch a playoff spot.
Sharks Slip Past Kings
(San Jose, CA) -- Antti Niemi stopped 26 shots to lead the Sharks past the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 at the SAP Center. Logan Couture and Brent Burns each found the back of the net for San Jose, which is just one point behind the Ducks for second place in the West. Jordan Nolan scored the lone goal for the Kings just three-and-a-half minutes into the game. Martin Jones had 19 saves for Los Angeles, which is currently the sixth seed in the West.
Thursday, April 3 Scoreboard
Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Philadelphia Flyers 0
Carolina Hurricanes 4, Dallas Stars 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Boston Bruins 3 (OT)
Calgary Flames 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Minnesota Wild 2 (SO)
St. Louis Blues 2, Buffalo Sabres 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Winnipeg Jets 2
Colorado Avalanche 3, New York Rangers 2 (SO)
San Jose Sharks 2, Los Angeles Kings 1
Friday, April 4 Schedule (All Times Central)
6:00 p.m. - Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators
6:00 p.m. - Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets
6:00 p.m. - Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils
6:30 p.m. - Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings
6:30 p.m. - Calgary Flames at Florida Panthers
9:00 p.m. - Edmonton Oilers at Phoenix Coyotes
9:00 p.m. - Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks