Kris Versteeg scored 59 seconds into the third period, while Patrick Kane added two more goals as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St Louis Blues 4-1 on Wednesday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Marcus Kruger also scored for Chicago, and Antti Raanta had 40 saves in his first start since Corey Crawford was sidelined by a left foot injury. Versteeg also had the primary assist on each of Kane’s goals.
Back at home after a 5-1 road trip, Chicago killed off each of St Louis’ six power plays and won for the seventh time in eight games.
Ian Cole scored in the second for the Blues, who had won four of five. Jake Allen made 29 saves. Martin Brodeur was the backup to Allen in St Louis’ first game since the NHL’s winningest goalie signed a one-year contract on Tuesday.
WILD 2, CANADIENS 1
In St Paul, Minnesota, Jason Zucker and Jason Pominville scored improbable goals to lift Minnesota over Montreal. Darcy Kuemper stopped 18 shots after allowing four goals in each of his last two starts. Minnesota have won seven of 10.
Alex Galchenyuk scored in the final minute after Montreal pulled goalie Carey Price, who made 33 saves. The Canadiens are 1-3-1 in their past five games.
Playing with heavy hearts one day after the death of Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau, the Canadiens dedicated the game to the longtime captain who won 10 Stanley Cup titles as a player and seven more as an executive. All Montreal players wore No. 4 on their helmets.
Other than getting the first six shots of the third period, the Canadiens provided little offense against a team missing their top defenseman, Ryan Suter.
Suter sat out due to illness, marking the first time the NHL leader in ice time has missed a game since joining the Wild on July 4, 2012. He had played in 153 consecutive regular-season games and 18 more in the post-season.
DUCKS 5, FLYERS 4, SO
In Anaheim, California, Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry scored in the shootout as Anaheim rebounded from Wayne Simmonds’ late tying goal for a victory over spiraling Philadelphia.
Simmonds scored his second goal with 2.6 seconds left in regulation for the Flyers, who lost their ninth consecutive road game.
Frederik Andersen made 31 saves for Anaheim, stopping Claude Giroux to end the shootout.
Patrick Maroon scored in the third period for the Ducks, who pulled even with Tampa Bay atop the overall NHL standings with their fifth win in seven games.
Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for Anaheim, 0who came back from a two-goal deficit while the clubs combined for six goals in an entertaining second period.
Michael Raffl and R.J. Umberger also scored in the second period for Philadelphia. Steve Mason stopped 29 shots in the Flyers’ sixth straight defeat overall — and their second straight heartbreaker following a last-minute loss in San Jose on Tuesday night.
JETS 3, OILERS 2, OT
In Winnipeg, Canada, Mathieu Perreault scored 17 seconds into overtime as Winnipeg sent Edmonton to their 11th straight loss.
Perrault tipped Jacob Trouba’s point shot past goalie Ben Scrivens to win it. Trouba and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for the Jets.
Teddy Purcell Perron and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for the Oilers (6-15-5), who have not beaten a Western Conference opponent this season.
Edmonton’s longest winless streak is 14 games from Oct. 11 to Nov. 7, 1993.
Ondrej Pavelec made 24 saves in the win. Scrivens stopped 21 shots.
Perron had given Edmonton a 2-1 lead at 1 minute, 31 seconds of the third period when he capitalized on a Winnipeg turnover. Byfuglien tied it with 3:06 left in regulation when he redirected in Mark Stuart’s point shot. He also assisted on Trouba’s goal.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017