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Ducks stop slide by edging Blackhawks, 2-1

Sheldon Souray scored the go-ahead goal with 2:08 left, Jonas Hiller made 25 saves and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Blackhawks, 2-1, Friday night in Chicago to end a four-game losing streak.

Souray’s drive through a screen from the left point hit the stick of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and deflected past Ray Emery, who suffered his first loss of the season.

Anaheim’s Corey Perry scored at 1:15 of the second period in the meeting of the top two teams in the Western Conference, played before a season-high crowd of 22,105.

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Chicago’s Patrick Kane scored a power-play goal at 2:26 of the third period to extend his point streak to eight games. He has six goals and nine assists during the span.

Anaheim, which had been outscored, 15-6, during its slide, tightened up defensively and checked Chicago closely through much of the game.

Emery made 22 saves.

The Ducks hadn’t won since March 20, when they rallied late in the third period to beat Chicago, 4-2. Anaheim swept its season series from Chicago, winning all three games.

Stars 5, Wild 3 — Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney, and Cody Eakin each had a goal and an assist to help lead host Dallas to a victory to end the Wild’s seven-game winning streak.

Erik Cole and Tomas Vincour also scored for Dallas, which moved within one point of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot. Jaromir Jagr also earned his 1,000th career NHL assist.

After a 7-4 loss to Minnesota at home on Monday, the Stars had three days off to regroup and rebounded with a strong effort, scoring twice on power plays in the third period.

Kari Lehtonen, who gave up six goals on 41 shots Monday, made 30 saves for the win.

Devin Setoguchi, Jared Spurgeon, and Torrey Mitchell scored for Minnesota, which also had its five-game road winning streak end.

Lightning 5, Devils 4 — Alex Killorn scored with 15.1 seconds left in the third period and host Tampa Bay won a shootout over New Jersey to give new Lightning coach Jon Cooper a victory in his NHL debut.

The Lightning pulled even at 4 when Killorn scored from the right circle. Teddy Purcell and Victor Hedman scored for Tampa Bay in the shootout.

Cooper was hired as the eighth coach in Lightning history Monday, one day after the team announced the firing of Guy Boucher. Cooper had been coaching Syracuse of the AHL, Tampa Bay’s top minor league team.

Steven Stamkos scored his 24th and 25th goals and Nate Thompson had the other Tampa Bay goal.

The Devils got goals from Andrei Loktionov, Tom Kostopoulos, Andy Greene, and Ryan Carter.

Blue Jackets 6, Flames 4 — Vinny Prospal had the go-ahead goal and an assist in a four-goal second period to help visiting Columbus beat Calgary in the Flames’ first game since they traded longtime captain Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh

Mark Letestu, Matt Calvert, Derick Brasard, Ryan Johansen, and R.J. Umberger also scored for Columbus.

The Blue Jackets evened their record at 14-14-7 and snapped Calgary’s eight-game home winning streak.

Brian McGrattan, Mikael Backlund, Dennis Wideman, and Curtis Glencross scored for Calgary.

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