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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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Hart Makes 40 Saves As Flyers Beat Blackhawks 3-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Carter Hart made 40 saves and James van Reimsdyk snapped a tie in the third period, helping the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Thursday night.

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg (8) competes for the puck with Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brendan Perlini (11) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Corban Knight also scored as Philadelphia picked up a sorely needed victory after dropping three of four. The Flyers (36-30-8) are trying to stay in the race for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Van Reimsdyk picked up his sixth goal in the last five games on a backhand at 9:50. Sean Couturier had a hand in van Reimsdyk’s 26th goal with a well-placed screen in front of Corey Crawford.

Philadelphia forward Ryan Hartman was whistled for holding at 11:08, but the Flyers didn’t allow a shot on goal on the ensuing power play. Couturier then put it away with an empty-netter with 1:14 left.

Chicago (32-31-10) missed out on a chance to gain ground in the race for the second wild card out West. Erik Gustafsson scored, and Crawford made 25 stops.

The Blackhawks scored first when Gustafsson made a move in the right circle and beat Hart on the glove side 10:39 into the first period. It was the 15th goal of the season for the defenseman, who also scored during Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver.

Knight responded for the Flyers, skating up the slot and beating Crawford on the stick side at 15:43. It was the first goal for Knight since Jan. 5, 2016, for Florida at Buffalo and No. 4 for his career.

NOTES: Blackhawks F Drake Caggiula joined the team for its morning skate, but he missed his ninth consecutive game since he sustained a concussion against Anaheim on Feb. 27. … Flyers F Michael Raffl was scratched due to an illness. D Philippe Myers returned to the lineup after he missed Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss to Montreal with an illness. … The NHL announced Thursday that the Flyers and Blackhawks will open next season in Prague on Oct. 4 as part of the league’s Global Series. It’s the third consecutive year the NHL is staging regular-season games in Europe and eighth overall.

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Horvat Scores In Overtime As Canucks Beat Blackhawks 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) — Bo Horvat scored 16 seconds into overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks stopped Chicago’s five-game win streak with a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Monday night.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 18: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks looses an overtime face-off battle with Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on March 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Alexander Edler and Markus Granlund also scored for Vancouver, which was coming off a 3-2 shootout victory in Dallas on Sunday. Thatcher Demko made 29 saves in his third career win.

The Canucks (31-32-10) pulled within six points of Arizona for the second wild card in the jumbled bottom of the Western Conference. They begin a seven-game homestand on Wednesday night against Ottawa.

Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago (32-30-10), and Corey Crawford made 31 stops.

The Blackhawks trailed 2-1 before Gustafsson’s long slap shot got by Demko with 3:13 left in regulation. It looked as if Gustafsson’s shot might have gone off Edler in front.

But Horvat stepped up for Vancouver, beating Crawford for his 25th of the season.

Chicago jumped in front with its first power-play goal since Feb. 27 against Anaheim, stopping a seven-game drought. Toews redirected Patrick Kane’s pass through the legs of Demko for his 31st goal with 35 seconds left in the first period.

It was Kane’s 59th assist and 100th point on the season. The All-Star winger became the third player in franchise history with multiple 100-point seasons, joining Denis Savard and Jeremy Roenick.

The Canucks responded with two in the second. Edler tied it at 1 when he drove a power-play slap shot by a screened Crawford 53 seconds into the period, and Granlund swept in a rebound at 6:22.

Elias Pettersson picked up an assist on Granlund’s 10th goal for his 61st point, snapping a tie with Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka for the franchise rookie record.

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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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Perlini, Blackhawks Hold On For 5-4 Win Over Maple Leafs

TORONTO (AP) — Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks held off a furious Toronto comeback to beat the Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist, and Duncan Keith, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat also scored as Chicago jumped out to a 5-0 lead before holding on for the win. Dylan Strome added two assists for the Blackhawks, who have won four straight and crept within four points of the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Corey Crawford stopped 17 of 18 shots through two periods before leaving the game due to illness. Colin Delia had 26 saves — all in the third.

Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly and Andreas Johnsson each had a goal and an assist for Toronto, and John Tavares also scored. William Nylander and Mitch Marner each had two assists. Frederik Andersen gave up four goals on 14 shots in the first before he was replaced by Garret Sparks, who finished with 24 saves.

The Maple Leafs were coming off a 6-2 home loss to Tampa Bay on Monday, and followed it up with a sloppy, uninspired performance through two periods.

Chicago dominated from the opening faceoff and went ahead 1-0 at 3:19 of the first period when Keith’s shot that was deflected by Nylander, rattled around between Andersen’s pads and just slid over the goal line before Auston Matthews could stop its momentum.

The Blackhawks continued to press and went up by two with 7:05 left when Perlini took a pass from Strome, cut into the middle and whipped a knuckling puck against the grain on Andersen for his 12th of the season and fifth in the last four games.

Tavares lost the puck at the offensive blue line, leading to a 2-on-1 break the other way that saw Patrick Kane feed Kahun, who buried his 12th with 2:47 remaining in the first.

Andersen received a sarcastic cheer from the Scotiabank Arena crowd on his next save.

Maple Leafs defensemen Ron Hainsey motioned for fourth line center Frederik Gauthier to cover in front, but the message wasn’t received, leaving Saad all alone to tuck his 23rd beyond Andersen with 1:14 left in the period as four Toronto players were caught puck-watching.

It marked the first time the Leafs have given up four goals in a period this season, and the first time it’s happened in the opening 20 minutes of a home game since Dec. 23, 2008.

Andersen was replaced by Sparks to start the second, marking the first time in his career he’s been pulled in consecutive games.

Toronto came out with a little more fire in the second, but Crawford robbed Nylander in tight and Tavares rang a shot off the crossbar.

Chicago made it 5-0 with 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the middle period when Maple Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev’s indecision led to DeBrincat taking a pass from Perlini and roofing a shot past Sparks for his 38th.

Toronto finally got on the board with 1:33 left in the second when Rielly, who on Tuesday was cleared of uttering an alleged homophobic slur in the Tampa game, had his shot deflected in by Johnsson for his 20th.

Matthews, who was playing the 200th game of his career, brought the Leafs a little closer at 7:57 of the third when he banked his 32nd.

Rielly then made it 5-3 on the power play when his shot through traffic found its way past Delia with just over 9 minutes remaining before the defenseman hit the post moments later.

Tavares then stuffed his career-high 39th past Delia with 1:31 left inside a raucous Scotiabank Arena.

The Leafs continued to press — Delia appeared to push the net off its moorings with under a minute to go during a mad scramble where he’d lost his stick — but the Blackhawks held on.

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Perlini Gets Hat Trick As Blackhawks Cool Down Coyotes 7-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Brendan Perlini scored three goals against his former team for his first career hat trick, and the Chicago Blackhawks ripped the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 on Monday night for their third straight win.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 11: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his second goal of the game against the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on March 11, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Patrick Kane fired in his 41st goal as Chicago moved within five points of the second wild card in the Western Conference. Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad and Chris Kunitz also scored, and Corey Crawford made 24 saves.

Arizona had won eight of nine to surge back into the playoff picture. Richard Panik scored against his former team early in the first period, but the Blackhawks took charge midway through the opening frame.

Arizona’s Darcy Kuemper made his 10th straight start, but was replaced by Calvin Pickard in the second period after giving up four goals on 16 shots. Pickard blocked 15 of 18 shots.

Perlini has six goals in his last five games and 11 for the season. He has clicked on a line with Dylan Strome, who joined him in a trade from Arizona on Nov. 25, 2018, for center Nick Schmaltz.

Toews reached 30 goals for the first time since the 2010-11 season and third time overall.

Panik backhanded in a rebound of his own shot from the slot to open the scoring at 4:27. He was set up by Christian Dvorak from behind the net after Carl Dahlstrom couldn’t handle the puck in the Chicago zone.

Perlini and Saad then scored 91 seconds apart to put the Blackhawks ahead to stay.

After taking a pass from Seabrook, Perlini sprinted past Arizona defensemen Alex Goligoski and Jordan Oesterle and broke in alone. He beat Kuemper on the glove side at 6:38.

Saad, parked at the edge of the crease, tipped in Toews’ pinpoint feed from the right corner at 8:09.

The Blackhawks pounced on a couple Coyotes mistakes to pull away in the second.

Perlini connected again at 3:16 off Strome’s quick pass across the slot after Kane stole the puck from Christian Fischer. Kunitz made it 4-1 from the slot 3 minutes later, converting David Kampf’s feed from a goalmouth scramble after Dahlstom held in a soft clearing pass in at the Arizona blueline.

The goal prompted Arizona coach Rick Tocchet replace Kuemper with Pickard, but it didn’t slow Chicago’s momentum. After Oliver Ekman-Larsson lost the puck, Kane fired in Artem Anisimov’s feed across the crease at 8:50.

Toews was awarded the fourth penalty shot of his career with 5:52 left in the second after being hooked from behind by Jakob Chychrun on a breakaway. He converted the chance with a wrister under Pickard’s right pad.

Perlini barely tapped in a sliding puck for the final goal with 3.6 seconds left.

NOTES: Toews is 3 for 4 on penalty shots in his career. … Kuemper entered having allowed just 16 goals in his previous 10 starts, a span than included two shutouts. … Chicago F Drake Caggiula (concussion) missed his fifth game. … Chicago traded Panik with F Laurent Dauphin to Arizona in January 2018 for F Anthony Duclair and D Adam Clendening. … Schmaltz is out for the season with a knee injury.

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Blackhawks Rally For 5-4 Shootout Win Over Sabres

CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat beat Carter Hutton during a perfect shootout, sending the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the shootout in an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Artem Anisimov scored twice for Chicago, which had dropped four of five. Duncan Keith and Brendan Perlini also scored, and Corey Crawford made 35 saves.

Toews converted Chicago’s first chance in the tiebreaker with a backhand. After Jack Eichel scored for Buffalo and Kane beat Hutton low on the glove side, Crawford stuffed Sam Reinhart before DeBrincat closed out the win with his successful try.

Each team had a prime scoring opportunity in overtime. Chicago’s Brandon Saad had a shot go off the right post, and Buffalo’s Zach Bogosian was denied by Crawford in front of the net.

Bogosian had a beautiful short-handed goal in the second period for Buffalo, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Vladimir Sobotka, Brandon Montour and Kyle Okposo also scored.

The Sabres were ahead 3-2 in the third when Anisimov banged a shot off the crossbar, kept skating and slammed it home for the tying score 4:48 into the period.

After Okposo finished a 2-on-1 break, scoring off a great pass by Evan Rodrigues, Chicago tied it once again. Perlini jumped on a deflected puck and beat Hutton low on the stick side for his eighth of the season at 7:57 — just 37 seconds after Okposo’s 11th goal.

Toews and Kane also had two assists apiece. Kane passed Steve Larmer to take over sole possession of fourth on the franchise’s career points list.

Looking to shake off a 1-2 West Coast trip, the Blackhawks found a way to open a 2-0 lead despite a so-so start. Keith converted a backhander from the slot and Anisimov beat Hutton on a breakaway after he got a slick touch pass from Dominik Kahun.

The Sabres responded with three goals in a 3½-minute stretch in the second period. Sobotka kicked off the scoring spree with his fifth of the season, poking it in from the left side at 3:16. Montour then tied it at 2 when he sent a wrist shot from the high slot past Crawford on the stick side at 4:39.

Montour was sent off for tripping at 5:19, setting up Bogosian’s gorgeous tiebreaking goal. Bogosian skated by Crawford on the right side and looked as if he was going behind the net before deftly tapping it in on the short side for his third of the season.

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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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