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Champions Blackhawks hold on to beat Islanders


Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils in their NHL game on Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Canada.

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Michal Handzus scored the go-ahead goal 6 minutes, 45 seconds into the second period and the defending Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and rookie Joakim Nordstrom connected in the first period, while Duncan Keith had two assists. Nordstrom’s goal was his first in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Josh Bailey scored at 19:06 of the first period and Kyle Okposo scored 49 seconds later for the Islanders (2-1-1), who lost their first game in regulation.

Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin made 17 saves and New York’s Kevin Poulin finished with 25, as both goaltenders made their first starts this season.


In Calgary, Sean Monahan scored with 2:43 left in the third period to lead Calgary over New Jersey.

Monahan scored in his fourth straight game when he took a cross-ice feed from Sven Baertschi and buried it behind Martin Brodeur.

The win extended Calgary’s streak to five games without a regulation-time loss to begin a season.

It is the first time since the Flames moved to Calgary in 1980 that the team has taken at least one point in each of its first five games.

Dennis Wideman and Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary. Jiri Hudler had two assists to extend his points streak to five games.

Adam Henrique and Dainius Zubrus scored for New Jersey. The Devils are 0-1-2 with two stops to go on their five-game road trip.


In Sunrise, Brad Boyes scored two goals, Tomas Fleischmann had a goal and three assists, and Florida snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Pittsburgh.

Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Kris Versteeg also scored for Florida and Jacob Markstrom stopped 36 shots.

Pascal Dupuis, Craig Adams and Evgeni Malkin scored for Pittsburgh, who lost for the first time in four games.

Jeff Zatkoff made 24 saves in his NHL debut.

Fleischmann stretched Florida’s lead to 5-3 at 6:27 of the third. His shot from the left circle was blocked by Zatkoff, but Fleischmann skated in and poked in the rebound.

Boyes’ second goal came during a power play with 34 seconds left to make it 6-3.


In Winnipeg, Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists to lead Dallas over Winnipeg.

Seguin came into the game with only one assist this season in the two games Dallas had played. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft was traded to the Stars by Boston in July.

Alex Chiasson and Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas, which last played at home on Saturday last week. The Jets (2-3-0) are below .500 after Thursday’s 2-1 loss in Minnesota.

Benn had two assists and Chiasson had one.

Blake Wheeler scored his first goal of the season for the Jets in the third period.


In Raleigh, Jeff Carter scored the shootout winner to lift Los Angeles to victory over Carolina.

Dwight King also scored for the Kings, while Jonathan Quick made 27 saves. Jeff Skinner had Carolina’s goal, while Cam Ward stopped 36 shots.

Carter went to his backhand in the shootout to beat Ward. Carter had scored four goals in the first four games of the season.

Quick stopped Nathan Gerbe, Alexander Semin and Skinner in the shootout to make Carter’s goal hold up as the winner.

Ward, Carolina’s No. 1 netminder, has yet to win a game this season — both of the Hurricanes’ victories have come with backup Anton Khudobin in the net.

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