Preda­tors pre­dated, Black­hawks win 5-4

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Chicago’s Jonathan Toews scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Black­hawks a 5- 4 win against Nashville on Mon­day, open­ing a three-point lead over the Preda­tors atop the NHL Cen­tral Di­vi­sion.

In other key re­sults, Tampa Bay beat Toronto to open a two-point lead in the East­ern Con­fer­ence stand­ings, the New York Is­landers de­feated Wash­ing­ton to move into a tie for top spot in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Di­vi­sion, and Bos­ton blitzed Detroit.

Chicago’s Bryan Bick­ell net­ted the ty­ing goal with 1:13 left in reg­u­la­tion and Toews then scored on the Black­hawks’ first shot in the shootout.

Ear­lier, Brad Richards, An­drew Shaw and Mar­ian Hossa scored in a 7:10 span late of the sec­ond pe­riod for the hosts.

James Neal tem­po­rar­ily re­stored Nashville’s lead at 4-3. Ro­man Josi and Craig Smith also scored for the Preda­tors.

Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored his 20th goal to break a third-pe­riod tie, com­plet­ing the Light­ning’s come­back from a twogoal deficit to beat Toronto 3-2.

Ryan Cal­la­han and Valt­teri Filp­pula also scored for Tampa Bay, which im­proved its lead in the At­lantic Di­vi­sion from one point to two.

Mike San­torelli and Jof­frey Lupul scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost five of six.

New York’s Johnny Boy­chuk net­ted a power-play goal 2:53 into in over­time as the Is­landers es­caped with a 4-3 win against Wash­ing­ton, hav­ing blown a three-goal ad­van­tage.

It was the sec­ond straight game the Is­landers had given up a lead that size, but this time they still won and notched their 14th home win of the sea­son — al­ready more than they man­aged all last sea­son.

An­ders Lee, Lubomir Vis­novsky and Calvin de Haan scored the early goals for New York, be­fore Eric Fehr, Nick­las Back­strom and Alex Ovechkin all scored in the third pe­riod for the Cap­i­tals.

Bos­ton had a sea­son high 45 shots on goal against Detroit and won 5-2, with Carl Soder­berg con­tribut­ing a goal and two as­sists.

Reilly Smith, Gre­gory Camp­bell and Seth Grif­fin also scored for the Bru­ins while Chris Kelly added an empty-net­ter with 2:26 left.

Justin Ab­delka­der and To­mas Tatar scored for the Red Wings.

Cal­gary’s Jiri Hudler had a pair of beau­ti­ful set­ups as the Flames scored twice in the first pe­riod and then hung on for a 2-1 vic­tory over Los An­ge­les.

Cur­tis Glen­cross and Markus Gran­lund had the goals for Cal­gary, which has won three in a row after a seven-game skid.

Tyler Tof­foli scored for the sole goal for the Kings.

Min­nesota came from two goals down to score three goals in the sec­ond pe­riod and win Win­nipeg.

Ryan Carter, Justin Fon­taine and Marco Scan­della net­ted for the Wild, which had lost its pre­vi­ous five games.

Michael Fro­lik and Mathieu Per­reault both scored on the power play for the Jets.

New Jersey notched only its sec­ond win in ten games by beat­ing Pitts­burgh 2-1, with Travis Za­jac hav­ing a goal and an as­sist.

St. Louis goal­tender Martin Brodeur stopped 16 shots and recorded his NHL-record 125th shutout and 691st vic­tory as the Blues won 3-0 against Colorado.

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Dal­las broke the New York Rangers’ eight- game win­ning streak, with An­toine Rous­sel scor­ing the go-ahead goal in the first minute of the sec­ond pe­riod for a 3-2 win.

Mon­treal won a third-straight game, beat­ing Carolina 3-1 on its home ice, with Jiri Sekac and Lars Eller scor­ing in the sec­ond pe­riod.

A hat trick by Ot­tawa’s Bobby Ryan led the Se­na­tors to a 5-2 win against Buf­falo.

Ari­zona’s An­toine Vermette also had a hat trick, giv­ing the Coy­otes a 4-2 vic­tory over Philadel­phia and a third-straight win.

AP

Chicago Black­hawks right wing Kris Ver­steeg #23 tries a wrap-around shot against Nashville Preda­tors goalie Pekka Rinne #35 dur­ing the over­time pe­riod of an NHL hockey game on Mon­day, Dec. 29.

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