Mon, Jan 16, 2012 - Page 19 News List

NHL: Detroit edge Chicago, close gap

AP, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Nazem Kadri, front, gets tripped by the New York Rangers’ Anton Stralman, right, during their NHL game in Toronto on Saturday.

Photo: AFP

Detroit’s Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game in overtime, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and closing the gap between the teams in the NHL Central Division to one point.

Detroit have won 14 straight at home to match a franchise record set in 1965.

Chicago’s Jonathan Toews forced overtime with 51.7 seconds left in regulation, picking up his 23rd goal of the season.

Tomas Holmstrom also scored for the Red Wings, while rookie Andrew Shaw netted for Chicago.

RANGERS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 0

In Toronto, New York backup Martin Biron made 20 saves in a shutout as New York downed Toronto.

After a lackluster home loss to Ottawa on Thursday that broke a five-game winning streak, the NHL-leading Rangers got goals from grinders Mike Rupp, Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan.

Toronto, seventh in the Eastern Conference, were shut out for just the second time this season. The Maple Leafs had won five straight at home.

KINGS 4, FLAMES 1

In Calgary, Mike Richards had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles, which spoiled Mike Cammalleri’s return to Calgary.

Matt Greene, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown shot into an empty net to also score for the Kings.

Cammalleri scored for the Flames in his first game back with the team after being reacquired in a trade with Montreal.

The victory, which snapped the Flames’ eight-game, home-winning streak, gave Darryl Sutter bragging rights over brother Brent in their first meeting as NHL head coaches.

DEVILS 2, JETS 1

In Winnipeg, Kurtis Foster and Patrik Elias scored in a 2:58 span midway through the third period to help New Jersey beat Winnipeg.

Foster tied it and Elias gave the Devils the lead with his 16th goal of the season.

Andrew Ladd scored his 15th goal of the season for the Jets, who have lost five of six.

Winnipeg lost scoring leader Blake Wheeler early in the second period after a shot hit him in the throat area.

SENATORS 3, CANADIENS 2, SO

In Montreal, Daniel Alfredsson scored on Ottawa’s third shootout attempt as the Senators extended their winning streak to four with a win over Montreal.

Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza scored in the third to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead.

Max Pacioretty scored with 38.9 seconds to tie it 2-2, with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker. Tomas Plekanec had scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway early in the third to put Montreal up 1-0.

BLUES 3, WILD 2, SO

In St Louis, Kevin Shattenkirk scored the only goal in the shootout and St Louis goaltender Jaroslav Halak made three saves in the tiebreaker as the Blues beat Minnesota.

St Louis improved to an NHL-best 18-3-3 at home. The Blues had been 0-5 in shootouts this season and had scored on just one-of-17 attempts.

David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo scored for St Louis in a span of 2:35 in the second period to erase the Blues’ 1-0 deficit.

David McIntyre and Jared Spurgeon had goals for the Wild, who fell to 0-7-2 in their past nine road outings.

PREDATORS 4, FLYERS 2

In Nashville, Pekka Rinne made 36 saves in Nashville’s victory over Philadelphia.

Nick Spaling, Martin Erat, Sergei Kostitsyn and Mike Fisher scored for the Predators, who won their fourth straight.

Rookie Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds had goals for Philadelphia.

In other NHL action, it was:

‧ Avalanche 2, Stars 1

‧ Hurricanes 4, Bruins 2

‧ Sharks 2, Blue Jackets 1

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