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Wilson Breaks Out Of Scoring Funk, Avs Beat Blackhawks 4-2

DENVER (AP) — Colin Wilson scored his first goal in more than a month, Philipp Grubauer stopped 29 shots and the playoff-chasing Colorado Avalanche earned their fourth straight win by holding off the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Saturday.

J.T. Compher and Sven Andrighetto also scored. Derick Brassard added an empty-netter for an Avalanche team in the thick of the Western Conference wild-card hunt with seven games remaining. They entered the day a point behind Minnesota for the last spot, with the Wild playing later.

Colorado had an array of forwards step up with All-Star Mikko Rantanen missing the game with an upper-body injury. Wilson came through with his first goal since Feb. 7.

Grubauer kept up his torrid play by winning his fourth straight start. He’s allowed four goals over stretch.

Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson had goals for Chicago, while Corey Crawford stopped 21 shots. The loss was a blow for the Blackhawks, who are making a late charge but are now six points behind Colorado.

The two teams face each other again Sunday as part of a back-to-back, home-and-home set.

Andrighetto’s tip-in goal 1:26 into the third period gave the Avalanche a 3-1 lead.

Gustafsson scored with 7:56 remaining on a shot from the blue line, but Brassard wrapped things up on an empty-net goal with 2:20 left.

There was a scary moment in the second period when defenseman Tyson Barrie was hit near the eye by the stick of David Kampf with Colorado on the power play. Barrie quickly skated toward the locker room holding his face.

The Avalanche capitalized on the two-man advantage as Wilson made it 2-1 on a pass from Alexander Kerfoot, who finished with two assists. Moments later, Barrie returned with a bandage over his cut.

Colorado took the early lead in the second period after Compher tipped in a shot. It was the third goal this season against Chicago for the Northbrook, Illinois, native.

Soon after, the Blackhawks tied it up when defenseman Nikita Zadorov turned over the puck near the goal and Toews knocked it in.

The speed of both teams was on display in a scoreless first period that didn’t feature many stoppages. On one occasion, the two teams went about 4 minutes in between whistles.

NOTES: Blackhawks C Dylan Sikura had an assist. … Zadorov made a young fan’s day in pregame by giving her a hockey stick as she sat in the first row. … NHL referee Brad Watson officiated his 1,393rd and final regular-season game Saturday. The players skated over and congratulated him after the game. … Rantanen was hurt Thursday when he was hit into the boards in a win at Dallas. … Captain Gabriel Landeskog remains sidelined by an upper-body injury.

UP NEXT

Same two teams meet Sunday in Chicago.

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United Center To Debut New Scoreboard, Sound System For Upcoming Season

CHICAGO (CBS)– The United Center, home to the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, announced Wednesday the debut of a new scoreboard and sound system for the upcoming seaon.

The new scoreboard, which will debut at the start of the 2019-2020 season, will be the ” largest center-hung screen display with the highest resolution technology among all arenas that host both NBA and NHL teams.”

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Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks fans can look forward to features like the continuous inner ring display with nearly four times more LED screen display than the existing scoreboard in addition to the new sound system.

Crawford Makes 48 Saves In Blackhawks’ 2-0 Win Vs. Canadiens

MONTREAL (AP) — Corey Crawford stopped all 48 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and the surging Chicago Blackhawks won their fifth straight with a 2-0 victory over the struggling Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates the puck against Artturi Lehkonen #62 of the Montreal Canadiens in the second period during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 16, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini scored for the Blackhawks.

The Montreal-born Crawford earned his second shutout of the season and improved to 9-2-2 in his career against the Canadiens. The 48 saves were a career high in the regular season for Crawford.

Carey Price stopped 22 shots for the Canadiens, who have dropped four of their last five games to fall out of a playoff spot. Price has played in 18 of the last 19 games for Montreal, which outshot Chicago 48-24.

MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: Dominik Kahun #24 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates the puck in the second period against Victor Mete #53 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 16, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

With the loss, Montreal’s playoff chances are dwindling in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens are three points out of the second wild-card spot with 10 games remaining in the season — five each at home and on the road.

Crawford needed to be on his game all night. Midway through the second period, the Blackhawks goalie made back-to-back saves on Paul Byron and Andrew Shaw. Two minutes later, he robbed Artturi Lehkonen in close with the glove.

With nine minutes left in the game, Crawford stopped Joel Armia from point-blank range to preserve Chicago’s two-goal lead.

Byron came closest to beating the Hawks goaltender when his second-period shot rang off the crossbar.

MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: Dylan Strome #17 of the Chicago Blackhawks screens goaltender Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens in the second period during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 16, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Crawford has never lost in regulation time in his hometown (5-0-2). He has won his last five at the Bell Centre.

Murphy scored the game’s first goal 3:04 into the second period. The defenseman took a pass from Dylan Strome in his skates, kicked the puck onto his stick, and beat Price from the slot high glove-side.

Perlini made it 2-0 at 4:49 of the third period on a nice give-and-go with teammate Alex DeBrincat.

The game featured Montreal’s league-worst power play against Chicago’s NHL-worst penalty kill. The Hawks came out on top, with the Canadiens going 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

NOTES: The Canadiens celebrated Price’s franchise record-setting 315th career victory in a pregame ceremony. … Montreal was coming off a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: home vs. Vancouver on Monday night.

Canadiens: at Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

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Blackhawks Fall Further Back In Playoff Race With Loss To Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A home game against a tired team is just the kind of opportunity the San Jose Sharks can’t afford to squander if they want to catch first-place Calgary.

After two mostly lackluster periods against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Sharks turned it on in the third and closed in on the Flames in the Pacific Division race.

Joe Thornton set up Marcus Sorensen for a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Melker Karlsson tacked on two insurance goals that sent the Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday night.

“That’s a big win for us,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “We’re trying to close the gap on Calgary and we’re at home and we’ve been good at home all year. Our challenge is to win the games that we’re supposed to win at home. I actually thought we didn’t have as much energy. … We found a way.”

Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier also scored to help the Sharks end an eight-game stretch of alternating wins and losses. San Jose moved within three points of Calgary for first in the division, although the Flames have a game in hand.

Martin Jones made 28 saves for the Sharks and helped keep Patrick Kane off the score sheet. Kane failed to record a point in back-to-back games for just the second time this season, also doing it Nov. 21-23.

Dylan Strome and Erik Gustafsson scored for the Blackhawks, who lost on back-to-back days and now trail Western Conference wild-card leaders Dallas and Minnesota by eight points. Cam Ward made 29 saves.

“I think we are still in this thing,” Strome said.” We could win seven in a row pretty quickly. … No one wouldn’t believe we could do it. We have to string a couple of games in a row. We deserved better tonight, but they are a great team over there.”

The game was tied heading into the third when the Sharks took control. Thornton capped a strong shift by threading a perfect pass to Sorensen in the slot. Sorensen then beat Ward with a quick shot for his third goal in the past two games.

Just a few minutes later, Micheal Haley drew a delayed penalty and then set up Brent Burns, whose big shot deflected off Karlsson and into the net for a 4-2 lead.

Karlsson added an empty-netter to seal the win.

The Sharks won for the second straight game without injured Erik Karlsson and Evander Kane as they got strong contributions from several role players, including the fourth line that created numerous chances throughout before breaking through with Melker Karlsson’s two goals in the third.

“This team has got world-class players,” Haley said. “You’re very fortunate when you can lose some world-class players and still have some success. But I think along with that is we’re just a good team. Everybody wants to play for each other.”

The Blackhawks juggled their lines coming into the game with the most noteworthy changes being Chris Kunitz moving up to play on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and defensive pair Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook getting split up, with Keith playing with Gustafsson and Seabrook with Gustav Forsling.

It took more than eight minutes for Chicago to generate a shot on goal with the new lines and the Sharks struck first when Hertl took advantage of a line change to deke Keith and score his 29th of the season.

The Blackhawks then took over late in the period and got the equalizer after Kevin Labanc turned the puck over in the neutral zone, leading to a two-on-one rush the other way. Strome decided to shoot instead of pass to Alex DeBrincat and beat Jones with 27.1 second to play in the first.

The teams then traded goals again in the second period with Meier redirecting a shot from Tim Heed to put the Sharks up 2-1. Gustafsson answered with a shot from the high slot off a pass from Toews.

NOTES: Blackhawks F Drake Caggiula remains sidelined by a concussion suffered Wednesday at Anaheim. … Thornton played his 1,550th career game, tying Alex Delvecchio for 14th on the all-time list.

UP NEXT:

Chicago: Host Buffalo on Thursday.

San Jose: Host Montreal on Thursday.

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Kings Beat Blackhawks 6-3 To Halt 10-Game Losing Streak

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adrian Kempe had a goal and an assist, and the Los Angeles Kings stopped a 10-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Dustin Brown scored twice for the Kings, who avoided tying the longest losing streak in team history, an 11-game slide from March 16-April 4, 2004. Ilya Kovalchuk and Brendan Leipsic each had a goal and an assist, and Sean Walker scored a power-play goal. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves.

Brendan Perlini scored twice for the Blackhawks, who have dropped three of four. Corey Crawford made 19 saves.

Chicago trailed 3-0 late in the first period, but rallied in the second. Kempe put Los Angeles ahead for good when he scored off a pass from Jonny Brodzinski at 8:08 of the second.

Leipsic made it 5-3 on a one-timer from Kovalchuk 4:54 into the third, and Brown got his second goal at 18:07.

Perlini had cut the deficit to 3-2 at 2:06 of the second, with Crawford’s stretch pass setting up his breakaway and sixth goal of the season. Connor Murphy tied it 3-all at 6:57.

The Kings led 3-1 after the first period. Brown and Walker scored power-play goals 2:19 apart early on, and Kovalchuk got his 14th goal at 15:13.

Perlini scored at 18:46 for his first goal since Jan. 1. Perlini had been scratched for the previous four games but played after Drake Caggiula sustained a concussion against Anaheim on Wednesday.

NOTES: Kings C Jeff Carter had two assists. . Brown played in his 1,100th NHL game. . Kings F Austin Wagner did not play in the third period after sustaining a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Visit San Jose on Sunday night.

Kings: Host Montreal on Tuesday night.

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Kane Helps Blackhawks Rally To 4-3 Win Over Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews came up big for the Chicago Blackhawks when it counted the most.

Kane scored with 16.1 seconds remaining on an odd-man rush and Toews assisted on both third-period goals as the Blackhawks rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

“That’s what they bring. They get one chance and it is in the back of the net,” Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. “It was a big game. I didn’t think we were very good, but we found a way to make some plays.”

Alex DeBrincat scored two goals, Artem Anisimov had a short-handed goal and Corey Crawford made 29 saves as the Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak.

Kane got his seventh game-winning goal of the season and 60th of his career when he fired a wrist shot past Ryan Miller. Toews was able to get the puck out of the Chicago zone with a pass near center ice to Brandon Saad, who was able to skate past two Anaheim defenders before he found Kane. The goal was Kane’s 40th of the season and just the second time in his career he has reached that mark. He had 46 in 2015-16.

Toews also assisted on Chicago’s tying goal at 15:06 of the third when he around the net made a cross-crease pass to Alex DeBrincat, who beat Miller on his stick side for his second goal of the game.

The win is Chicago’s ninth in the 13 games it has played since the All-Star break. They remain five points behind Colorado for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference but their 18 points since the break are the second-most in the conference.

“It’s huge,” Kane said. “It keeps us in the race and gives us a little confidence when I know we think we can play better, too.”

Meanwhile, Anaheim is going in a different direction. The Ducks have dropped their last four and are 3-10 since the break.

Devin Shore, Carter Rowney and Troy Terry scored for Anaheim, which has dropped its last four. Miller stopped 31 shots.

“The main them is we’re struggling to score goals. We’re playing good hockey, but just not getting the results,” Terry said.

With the two goals, DeBrincat has 36 on the season and became the fourth player in Blackhawks history to score 35 or more goals in a season at age 21 or younger. He joined Bobby Hull, Steve Larmer and Jeremy Roenick, who did it two straight seasons.

DeBrincat gave the Blackhawks an early lead 49 seconds into the second period on the power play when his shot from the left faceoff circle went off the post and past Miller. The goal came 13 seconds after Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell was ejected and given a five-minute major for hitting Drake Caggiula from behind and into the boards behind the Chicago net. Caggiula suffered a concussion and did not return.

The Ducks evened it at 1 at 4:22 when Shore scored a short-handed goal on a 2-on-1 rush. It was the forward’s seventh of the season and just the third short-handed goal by Anaheim.

Both teams then traded goals less than two minutes apart late in the second. Anisimov put Chicago ahead at 16:42 on a short-handed rush up ice when he snapped one past Miller’s blocker for his 11th of the year. Rowney tied it at 18:37 with his fifth in 44 games when he redirected Ryan Kessler’s pass in front of the goal.

Terry scored his second goal of the season at 5:35 of the third when he took a pass from Derek Grant and put it past Chicago’s Corey Crawford, who was unable to clear the puck out of his zone. Crawford struggled to play the puck behind the net, which allowed Grant to skate in, grab possession and make a between his legs pass to Terry.

NOTES: According to SportRadar, this is the seventh game this season in which a short-handed goal has been scored by both teams. … Toews extended his points streak to seven with an assist on DeBrincat’s second goal. He has 10 points (four goals, six assists) during the streak. … The Blackhawks have scored on the power play in 20 of their last 25 games.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Travel to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Ducks: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday.

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Blackhawks Activate Corey Crawford From Injured Reserve, Send Collin Delia Back To Rockford

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Blackhawks have activated goalie Corey Crawford from injured reserve, more than two months after he suffered a concussion in a game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Blackhawks also sent backup goalie Collin Delia down to Rockford to make room for Crawford on the active roster. The team did not say if Crawford will start in net for their next matchup, a road game against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Crawford, 34, has not played in a game since Dec. 16, when he left in the first period against the Sharks, after the back of his head struck the right goalpost during a pileup.

This was Crawford’s second extended absence due to a concussion. He missed the final 47 games of the 2017-18 season, and the first five games of this season, after suffering a concussion in December 2017.

Delia, 24, split time with Cam Ward while Crawford was out for the past two months. In 15 games with Chicago, he went 6-4-3, with a 3.48 GAA, and .909 save percentage.

Ward, 34, is 14-10-4 in 29 games with the Blackhawks this season, with a 3.71 GAA and .893 save percentage.

Stars Beat Blackhawks 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) — The Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks — and lost their prized newcomer.

Jason Spezza broke a tie on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period, and Dallas beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Sunday after blowing a three-goal lead.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 24: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks tries to get off a shot against Anton Khudobin #35 of the Dallas Stars at the United Center on February 24, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Stars defeated the Blackhawks 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The victory was overshadowed by the loss of Mats Zuccarello with what he thought was a broken right arm in his first game with Dallas. Acquired from the New York Rangers on Saturday, Zuccarello had a goal and assist, but left after two periods and is expected to be sidelined at least four weeks.

“I blocked a shot and it hit me the wrong way,” said Zuccarello, whose arm was in a soft cast with a splint. “It’s unfortunate.I kind of knew it right away, not that it was broken, but something was wrong.”

Zuccarello said he’d have the arm evaluated Monday or Tuesday.

On the winner, Spezza took Alexander Radulov’s feed across the crease and tapped the puck past goalie Cam Ward. Radulov and Radek Faksa also scored and Anton Khudobin made 44 saves for the Stars, who pulled two points ahead of idle Colorado and into the first Western Conference wild card.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 24: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks lifts a shot against Anton Khudobin #35 of the Dallas Stars at the United Center on February 24, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dallas forward Jamie Benn suffered an upper-body injury during the first shift of the game and didn’t return. He’s out day-to-day.

“It’s an incredibly gritty win for us, one that we needed, on a really tough back-to-back,” Spezza said. “With the bodies going down throughout the game, I thought we responded well.”

Despite being outshot 47-29 as the Blackhawks came on late, the Stars prevailed after a listless 3-0 loss at home to Carolina on Saturday.

“It’s inspiring,” coach Jim Montgomery said. “To watch those players as a team, as a group, overcome the adversity we had to overcome.”

Chicago star Patrick Kane was held off the scoresheet, ending his points streak at 20 games, even though he was visible in creating chances.

“He was involved,” coach Jeremy Colliton said. “It just didn’t go in for him or the guys he was playing with.”

Chris Kunitz, Drake Caggiula and Jonathan Toews tied it for Blackhawks after they fell behind 3-0 early in the second period. Duncan Keith and Erik Gustafsson each had two assists, and Ward stopped 25 shots.

Chicago dropped its second straight game after winning 10 of 12. For the second straight game, Chicago dominated for most of the contest but didn’t get a point.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 24: Mats Zuccarello #36 of the Dallas Stars tries to get off a shot against Cam Ward #30 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on February 24, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

“I liked it a lot, the last two periods in particular,” Collition said. “I don’t care how well you play, it’s going to be tough to pull out of it against team, they’re scratching and clawing just like us.

“We’ve got to keep improving. We’ve got to find a way to get paid off for it too.”

Defenseman Ben Lovejoy, acquired from New Jersey on Saturday, also played his first game with Dallas.

The Stars capitalized on a pair of Blackhawks breakdowns to take a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Set up by Zuccarello’s long pass from the Dallas zone, Faksa got past Gustafsson, broke in alone and beat Ward between the pads 11:35 in to open the scoring. Gustafsson found himself alone in the Chicago zone after the blade on defense partner Slater Koekkoek’s skate fell out.

Radulov, alone in front of the net, made it 2-0 on a backhander with 2:32 left in the period. He was set up on a quick feed by Miro Heiskanen, who had picked of Gustav Forsling’s pass near the point.

Zuccarello made it 3-0 at 1:44 of the second when he whipped in Tyler Seguin’s cross-ice feed from lower edge of the right circle.

Kunitz cut it to 3-1 on a one-timer from the slot 1:14 later. Caggiula trimmed it to 3-2 with 4:23 left in the second on a tip-in that required a video review to confirm. Caggiula’s deflection of feed was ruled no-goal by referees when Khudobin lunged and gloved the puck at the goal line, but the review determined the puck had completely crossed the line.

Toews 29th goal, on a power-play at 4:16 of the third, tied it at 3. He connected on a screened shot from the top of the right circle.

Dallas killed a double-minor high-sticking penalty to Roman Polak in the final five minutes to hang on for the win.

NOTES: Chicago D Brent Seabrook returned after missing three games with an abdominal strain. C Marcus Kruger was back in action after leaving Friday’s game after blocking a shot. … Radulov returned after sitting out Saturday due to an illness. … To get Zuccarello, Dallas sent the Rangers a conditional second-round draft pick this year and a conditional third-round selection in 2020. The 2019 pick would become a first-rounder if Dallas advances to the conference finals this spring and Zuccarello plays in at least 50 percent of the team’s cumulative games over the first two rounds. The 2020 pick becomes a first-rounder if Zuccarello signs with Dallas.

UP NEXT:

Stars: At Vegas on Tuesday night.

Blackhawks: At Anaheim on Wednesday night.

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Blackhawks Lose To Blue Jackets 5-2

CHICAGO (AP) — Artemi Panarin had two goals and an assist against his former team, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Saturday night for their fifth win in six games.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 16: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks tries to get off a shot against Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on February 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Pierre-Luc Dubois added a goal and an assist for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in his sixth straight start. Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson also scored.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 16: Cam Ward #30 of the Chicago Blackhawks covers the puck on a shot by Eric Robinson #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on February 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago had won eight of nine to get back into the wild-card race in the crowded Western Conference. Patrick Kane collected a goal and an assist while extending his point streak to 17 games, matching the longest in the NHL this season.

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