Black­hawks stay hot, notch 7th straight win

Bru­ins and Blues both win in OT; Ducks fire coach Car­lyle amid los­ing streak

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO — Do­minik Kahun had two goals and an as­sist, Cam Ward made 43 saves and the Chicago Black­hawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Sun­day for their sev­enth straight vic­tory.

Chicago’s sec­ond line of Kahun, Dy­lan Strome and Alex DeBrin­cat de­liv­ered once again to help the Black­hawks con­tinue their sur­pris­ing push af­ter a lack­lus­ter first half of the sea­son. Strome had a goal and two as­sists, and DeBrin­cat had three as­sists to ex­tend his ca­reerbest points streak to eight games.

Af­ter Detroit pulled within one in the third pe­riod, Pa­trick Kane re­sponded for Chicago with his 33rd goal. Kane made it 4-2 when he beat Jonathan Bernier low on the stick side with 3:33 left, ex­tend­ing the NHL’s long­est ac­tive points streak to 14 games. Kane tacked on an as­sist on Jonathan Toews’ emp­tynet­ter with 2:01 re­main­ing. It was Toews’ 25th of the sea­son. Gus­tav Nyquist and Christof­fer Ehn scored for Detroit.

BRU­INS 2, AVALANCHE 1, OT: In Bos­ton, Brad Marc­hand scored 4:03 into over­time and Bos­ton beat Colorado to ex­tend its points streak to seven games.

Pa­trice Berg­eron left the puck at the top of the right cir­cle for Marc­hand, who skated into the slot and fired it past goalie Se­myon Var­lamov to ex­tend his fran­chise record with 14 over­time goals.

John Moore also scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves to help the Bru­ins im­prove to 4-0-3 in their last seven. The Avalanche have lost seven in a row (0-3-3).

JETS 3, SABRES 1: In Buf­falo, N.Y., Blake Wheeler scored the goa­head goal with 3:55 re­main­ing and Win­nipeg beat Buf­falo to snap an 0-2-1 skid.

Con­nor Helle­buyck made 35 saves to help the Jets end their long­est win­less streak of the sea­son and main­tain the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion lead.

An­drew Copp also scored and Mark Scheifele sealed the win by scor­ing into an open net in the fi­nal sec­onds. Jack Eichel scored for Buf­falo.

IS­LAN­DERS 2, WILD 1: In New York, Devon Toews scored the tiebreak­ing goal early in the sec­ond pe­riod, Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots and New York beat Min­nesota.

An­thony Beauvil­lier also scored for Metropoli­tan Di­vi­sion-lead­ing New York. The Is­lan­ders won for the fourth time in five games and ninth in 12 (9-1-2).

BLUES 5, PREDA­TORS 4, OT: In Nashville, Tenn., Vladimir Tarasenko com­pleted a hat trick 16 sec­onds into over­time and St. Louis beat Nashville to sweep a home-and­home set with their sea­son-best sixth straight vic­tory.

DEVILS 3, HUR­RI­CANES 2: In Ne­wark, N.J., Mar­cus Jo­hans­son scored twice, Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves and New Jersey pre­vented Carolina from mov­ing into a play­off spot.

Nico His­chier set up all three goals to help the Devils snap the Hur­ri­canes’ three-game win­ning streak and hand them only their fifth loss (13-5-1) in 19 games.

LIGHT­NING 5, PAN­THERS 2: In Sun­rise, Fla., Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an as­sist to lift Tampa Bay over Florida.

Bray­den Point, Ryan Cal­la­han and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Light­ning, who scored twice on a to­tal of three shots in the sec­ond pe­riod.

RANGERS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1: In New York, Alexan­dar Ge­orgiev had a ca­reer-high 55 saves to lead New York over Toronto.

Ge­orgiev had the sec­ond-most saves in a reg­u­lar-sea­son game in fran­chise his­tory. Mike Richter has the record with 59 on Jan. 31, 1991.

DUCKS: The Ana­heim Ducks fired Randy Car­lyle — again.

For the sec­ond time, Ducks gen­eral man­ager Bob Mur­ray re­moved Car­lyle from the bench. He was also fired in 2011 dur­ing the sev­enth sea­son of his first stint as head coach of the Ducks. The move comes on the heels of a seven-game los­ing streak by the Ducks, all in reg­u­la­tion.

The Ducks have won just two of their last 21 games (2-15-4), an un­fath­omable run for a squad that’s qual­i­fied for the playoffs six con­sec­u­tive sea­sons.

Mur­ray an­nounced that he’ll step down from the press box and coach the team him­self for the re­main­der of the cam­paign’s 26 games.

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