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Toews, Blackhawks beat slumping Islanders 4-1

FOUR-POINT GAME:Jonathan Toews scored twice and assisted on both of Marian Hossa’s goals, while in New Jersey, Cory Schneider shut out the Penguins 2-0


Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, left, reacts after scoring against the New York Islanders at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday.

Photo: Mike DiNovo - USA TODAY

Jonathan Toews scored twice and assisted on both of Marian Hossa’s goals to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the slumping New York Islanders 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Toews recorded his first four-point game this season as the Blackhawks won their third straight and improved to 7-1-1 since Feb. 24 when leading scorer Patrick Kane broke his collarbone against Florida.

New York’s Nikolay Kulemin scored at 5 minutes, 29 seconds of the third period to end Corey Crawford’s shutout bid, but the Islanders lost their season-worst fourth straight.

Although Crawford made 38 saves, he was not tested heavily by the goal-starved Islanders. New York have scored only one goal in each of their four consecutive losses.

The Islanders are five points behind the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Rangers, who have played four fewer games. Michal Neuvirth made 26 saves in place of injured No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak.


In Sunrise, Florida, P.K. Subban scored the last of Montreal’s three second-period goals as the Canadiens held on to beat Florida.

Jacob De La Rose had a goal and an assist, and Alexei Emelin also scored for the Canadiens. Dustin Tokarski made 41 saves in his first start in six games and earned his second win in seven starts.

Brandon Pirri and Aleksander Barkov scored for the Panthers. Dan Ellis stopped 22 shots in his sixth straight start.

The Canadiens won for just the third time in nine games, but they remain atop the Atlantic Division with 95 points.

The Panthers lost their second straight after winning three consecutively.


In Newark, New Jersey, Cory Schneider made 35 saves in earning his fifth shutout of the season as New Jersey handed Pittsburgh their third straight loss.

Jacob Josefson scored in the second for the Devils, who are 9-3-2 in their past 14 games, to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. Adam Henrique iced the game with an empty-netter with 49 seconds to go.

The shutout loss was the second in three games for the Penguins, who have scored only one goal in that span. This was their second straight game without star forward Evgeni Malkin, who has a lower-body injury.

Sidney Crosby missed the first game in that stretch after being unable to play following warmups.

Pittsburgh’s Thomas Greiss made 17 saves.


In Boston, Anders Lindback made seven of his 44 saves in overtime, then shut out Boston for three rounds of the shootout as Buffalo rallied to win.

Lindback stopped Torey Krug on Boston’s last chance in the shootout, clinching his first victory as a starter this season.

In other NHL action, it was:

‧ Senators 2, Hurricanes 1, Ot

‧ Wild 3, Predators 2, Ot

‧ Jets 5, Sharks 2

‧ Blues 4, Flames 0

‧ Canucks 4, Flyers 1

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