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NHL: Blackhawks edge Sharks to move clear atop Central

AP, CHICAGO

The Chicago Blackhawks beat San Jose 4-3 on Sunday to move clear atop the NHL’s hard-fought Central Division and end the Sharks’ eight-game point streak.

Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg each had a goal and an assist, while Dave Bolland and rookie Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago.

Shaw’s goal was his fourth in seven games since being recalled from the minor leagues.

Joe Pavelski, Jamie McGinn and rookie Tommy Wingels scored for the Sharks, who lost in regulation for the first time since Dec. 26. Wingels’ goal was his first in the NHL.

CANADIENS 4, RANGERS 1

In Montreal, Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist, while linemates David Desharnais and Erik Cole also had three points each as Montreal snapped a three-game skid with a win over New York.

Pacioretty opened the scoring 2:39 in and restored Montreal’s one-goal lead at 2-1 with his 15th of the season 3:54 into the second. The Canadiens scored three times in the middle period.

Desharnais had a goal and two assists, while Cole had three assists on a line that combined for nine points as Montreal notched their sixth straight home win over the Rangers.

John Mitchell scored in the first for the Rangers.

DUCKS 4, CANUCKS 2

In Vancouver, Jason Blake scored twice to lift Anaheim to their fifth win in six games, defeating Vancouver.

Blake, who returned to the lineup on Jan. 4 after missing 34 games while recovering from a severe skate cut, also scored on Friday.

Bobby Ryan and Nick Bonino also scored for the Ducks, whose only loss in the stretch was an overtime defeat in Calgary.

Cody Hodgson and Mason Raymond scored for the Canucks.

OILERS 2, KINGS 1, OT

In Edmonton, Alberta, Taylor Hall scored the overtime winner as Edmonton edged Los Angeles and snapped a five-game losing skid.

Hall scored his 15th of the season on a power play after a terrific backhand pass from Shawn Horcoff.

Josh Green scored in regulation for the Oilers.

Justin Williams scored for the Kings.

CAPITALS 2, HURRICANES 1

In Washington, Dmitry Orlov broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal to lift Washington past Carolina and into a tie for the Southeast Division lead.

The rookie defenseman put in the rebound after a shot by Jason Chimera at 1:12.

The Capitals have won seven in a row at home, moving them even with Florida for the top spot in the division.

Alexander Semin also scored for the Capitals.

Jussi Jokinen broke his 25-game goal-scoring drought for the Hurricanes, who welcomed back last season’s rookie of the year Jeff Skinner, who sat out 16 games with a concussion.

In Sunday’s other game, it was:

‧ Penguins 6, Lightning 3

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