Tue, Apr 16, 2013 - Page 19 News List

Blackhawks down the Blues to record fifth straight victory

AP, ST LOUIS, Missouri

Corey Crawford stopped 30 shots, while the Chicago Blackhawks got goals from Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa for a 2-0 win over St Louis on Sunday.

The Blackhawks lead the NHL with 68 points and have won five in a row. They are 3-1 against the Blues, all with Crawford in net.

The Blues rarely tested Crawford until the third period and lost their second straight in front of a standing room-only crowd of 19,385 that had a healthy contingent of Blackhawks fans.

St Louis have seven games remaining in the regular season, all but one at home.

Bickell tapped in his own rebound on a rush early in the second period to end Blues goalie Brian Elliott’s shutout streak at 214 minutes.

Hossa’s short-handed goal off a faceoff win by Jonathan Toews was the crusher early in the third period, coming 17 seconds after Duncan Keith was whistled for cross-checking David Backes in front of the Chicago net.

SABRES 3, LIGHTNING 1

In Buffalo, New York, Jhonas Enroth stopped 32 shots and helped Buffalo keep up their late-season playoff push.

Tyler Ennis got his first goal in 12 games, while Jochen Hecht and Kevin Porter also scored for Buffalo (18-19-6), who took over sole possession of 10th place in the Eastern Conference — four points behind the eighth-placed New York Rangers.

Benoit Pouliot score for the Lightning, who dropped to 1-4-1 in their past six.

Tampa Bay have particularly struggled on the road, where they are winless in four straight (0-3-1) and 1-6-1 in the past eight.

RED WINGS 3, PREDATORS 0

In Nashville, Tennessee, Henrik Zetterberg scored in the second period as Detroit gained two crucial points in the chase to extend their streak of playoff berths.

The Red Wings got their first win in four games, the last two shootout losses, and moved into sole possession of eighth in the Western Conference — two points ahead of Dallas and Columbus.

Johan Franzen also scored a goal, while Justin Abdelkader added an empty-netter late on.

Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for his third shutout this season.

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