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Blackhawks top St Louis Blues in 700th win for coach

AP, CHICAGO

Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks drops to make a save against the St Louis Blues at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday.

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Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots for his second shutout this season as he anchored a physical 4-0 victory for the Blackhawks over the St Louis Blues to give Chicago coach Joel Quenneville his 700th NHL win on Wednesday.

It was a costly victory for the Blackhawks, with leading scorer Patrick Kane leaving the game at 7 minutes, 56 seconds of the second period, favoring his left leg following a collision with Brenden Morrow. Kane is expected to miss three weeks, Quenneville said.

Duncan Keith, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith scored for Chicago.

Quenneville, who previously guided St Louis and Colorado, has the most wins of any active NHL coach and ranks third all-time behind Al Arbour and Scotty Bowman, now the Blackhawks’ senior adviser of hockey operations.

Crawford earned his 10th career shutout in Chicago’s first win against the Blues this season after three losses.

LIGHTNING 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3

Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored a natural hat-trick as the Lightning beat Toronto 5-3 in a game that included a frightening injury to Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger.

Ranger left the ice on a stretcher after his head hit the boards following a first-period hit from Alex Killorn.

Ranger was “stable, conscious and alert,” according to the Maple Leafs, after being taken to the hospital for what the team called a “precautionary assessment.” Killorn was given a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Stamkos, in his seventh game back after missing four months with a broken right leg, scored his three goals on three shots. Radko Gudas had Tampa Bay’s first goal 59 seconds in, while Tyler Johnson added an insurance goal. Ben Bishop made 36 saves.

Phil Kessel scored his team-leading 35th of the season for Toronto. Nikolai Kulemin and Jake Gardiner also had goals for the Maple Leafs.

JETS 5, AVALANCHE 4

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Blake Wheeler scored in overtime on a shot through the crowd to lift the Jets over the Colorado Avalanche.

Andrew Ladd scored twice for the injury-depleted Jets. Eric Tangradi and Evander Kane also had goals.

Ryan O’Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog, Nick Holden and Cody Mcleod scored for Colorado.

CANUCKS 2, PREDATORS 0

Eddie Lack made 30 saves for Vancouver, while Nicklas Jensen and Alex Edler scored 1:13 apart in the third period as the Canucks blanked the Nashville Predators 2-0.

The Canucks posted their fourth win in seven games, but remained in 10th place in the Western Conference, while pulling within three points of the eighth-placed Phoenix.

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