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NHL: Blackhawks hold off Avalanche

RETRIBUTION:The Chicago Blackhawks avenged their first regulation defeat of the season on March 8, while the Ducks won their 12th consecutive game at home

AP, DENVER, Colorado

Jimmy Hayes of the Chicago Blackhawks, right, slips the puck past Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov to score in their NHL game in Denver, Colorado, on Monday.

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Ray Emery stopped 17 shots to remain unbeaten this season, while Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists as Chicago held off Colorado 5-2 on Monday night in the first meeting since the Avalanche halted the Blackhawks’ record points streak.

Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw scored 57 seconds apart in the first period, Brent Seabrook contributed another and Jonathan Toews added a late insurance goal for the surging Blackhawks, who have won three straight to move to 3-2-0 after their NHL-record 21-0-3 start to the season was ended in the mile high city on March 8.

Emery, the backup to Corey Crawford, extended his league record with his 11th consecutive victory to start the season.

Gabriel Landeskog and Milan Hejduk scored for slumping Colorado, who have lost a season-high four in a row.

Toews finished with a score and two assists.


In Anaheim, California, Emerson Etem scored his first NHL goal and defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored twice as Anaheim beat San Jose for their 12th consecutive home victory.

Viktor Fasth made 32 saves for the streaking Ducks, who have the NHL’s second-best record at 21-3-4, while earning a point in 11 straight games.

Ryan Getzlaf had a short-handed goal and an assist, while Peter Holland and Etem scored 34 seconds apart in the second period to keep the Ducks unbeaten at the Honda Center since their opener on Jan. 25.

Jason Demers scored his first NHL goal and Antti Niemi stopped 23 shots for the Sharks, who have lost six of seven. Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau also scored after Anaheim took a 4-1 lead.


In Los Angeles, Jonathan Quick earned his first shutout of the season with 27 saves and Tyler Toffoli scored his first NHL goal on a power play in only his second game with Los Angeles, helping the Kings beat Phoenix.

Rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin also scored with the man advantage, while Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter each had a goal and an assist for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Quick’s 25th career shutout gave the Kings their 11th victory in 15 games and their 10th in the past 11 at the Staples Center. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner, who set a franchise record with 10 shutouts last season, is seven behind Rogie Vachon’s club record.


In New York, Rangers rookie J.T. Miller fumbled his way to a goal in the third round of a shootout as New York ended a three-game losing streak with a victory over Carolina.

Rick Nash scored in the opening round of the tiebreaker and Henrik Lundqvist stopped both Carolina tries for the Rangers (14-12-2), who moved into ninth place in the Eastern Conference — two points behind Carolina (15-11-2), who lost their third straight (0-2-1).

Eric Staal scored in the first period and Derek Stepan tied it in the second for the Rangers. The rest of the game belonged to the goalies — Lundqvist, who made 29 saves, and Carolina counterpart Ellis, who stopped 35 shots in his third start since No. 1 goalie Cam Ward was injured on March 3.


In Vancouver, Charlie Coyle scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves as Minnesota took sole possession of the Northwest Division lead with a win over Vancouver.

Jonas Brodin and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild, who moved two points ahead of Vancouver for the division lead with their eighth win in 11 games.

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