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Predators ground Blackhawks

IT'S ALL ABOUT PAUL Paul Kariya's brace put paid to Chicago 'keeper Nikolai Khabibulin's bid for his first shutout in the regular season since 2004


The Chicago Blackhawks' Adrian Aucoin, left, checks the Nashville Predators' Martin Erat into the boards during their NHL hockey game in Chicago on Wednesday.


Paul Kariya scored twice in the third period and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.

Kariya's power-play goal with 7:02 left snapped a 1-1 tie.

Chris Mason made 28 saves while starting his 13th straight start for Nashville. He is 9-3-1 since top goalie Tomas Vokoun underwent hand surgery on Nov. 27.

Martin Havlat scored for the Blackhawks, 7-2-3 since Denis Savard replaced fired coach Trent Yawney on Nov. 27. Havlat has five goals and five assists in seven games since returning from a sprained right ankle.

Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin, who stopped 17 shots, lost his bid for his first shutout in the regular season since March 1, 2004, when Kariya scored at 6:41 of the third. The victory was gone moments later.

Red Wings 5, Blue Jackets 0

At Detroit, Dominik Hasek made 27 saves for his 73rd NHL shutout and Dan Cleary scored twice to lift Detroit over Columbus.

Nicklas Lidstrom added a goal and an assist for Detroit, and Kirk Maltby and Jason Williams also scored. Hasek's league-leading fifth shutout of the season moved into 10th place on the career list, one spot ahead of Lorne Chabot.

Cleary has six goals and seven assists in his last 10 games. He passed Henrik Zetterberg for the team lead with 13 goals and all but one of his 24 points have come in a 20-game span.

Detroit led 2-0 after the first period on Cleary's two goals.

Ducks 4, Stars 1

At Anaheim, California, Corey Perry scored twice and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 26 shots to lead Anaheim over Dallas.

Anaheim's two Norris Trophy-winning defensemen, Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer, also scored to help the Ducks improve their NHL-best mark to 27-4-6.

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