Blackhawks’ Sharp shines with third hat-trick

AP, Chicago, Illinois

Sun, Dec 29, 2013 - Page 19

Patrick Sharp scored three goals for his third career hat-trick and set up one of Jonathan Toews’ two scores to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 on Friday night.

Toews added two assists, and he and Sharp both finished with four points. Michal Handzus and Kris Versteeg also scored for the Blackhawks, whose National Hockey League (NHL)-leading offense powered them to a second straight win. They are 7-1-1 in their past nine.

Colorado’s Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog beat rookie Antti Raanta, who finished with 16 saves in his eighth straight start — all since Blackhawks top goalie Corey Crawford sustained a lower-body injury on Dec. 8.

Sharp, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Friday, has 21 goals this season and 10 in nine games.


In Boston, Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Reilly Smith scored two goals to pace Boston’s rout of Ottawa.

The Bruins are 13-0-2 in their past 15 home games and have won eight straight in Boston. They have not lost there in regulation since Oct. 26.

Rask (20-8-2) has allowed one goal or fewer in 15 of his 30 starts this season. After earning only 19 wins last season, he is the third goalie with 20 NHL wins this season.

Boston tied a club record, set in 1929, by having a player score two goals for the seventh straight game. Smith has done it three times. Jarome Iginla, David Krejci, and Brad Marchand also scored.

Robin Lehner made 36 saves for Ottawa, who have dropped four of five.

In other play, it was:

‧ Capitals 3, Rangers 2

‧ Penguins 4, Hurricanes 3, OT

‧ Blue Jackets 2, Devils 1, SO

‧ Jets 6, Wild 4

‧ Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3, SO

‧ Sharks 4, Coyotes 3, SO

‧ Stars 4, Predators 1

‧ Oilers 2, Flames 0