|Sergei Kostitsyn scores Nashville’s fourth goal against Detroit on the way to a 4-1 win in Joe Louis Arena. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)|
Chicago snaps out of its funk
Kane gets Blackhawks back on winning track
Patrick Kane scored twice and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Oilers last night at Edmonton, Alberta.
Patrick Sharp and Brian Bickell also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won just two of six.
Jordan Eberle had the lone goal for the Oilers, who have lost five of six and 19 of 23.
Chicago’s Corey Crawford was barely tested in the first 40 minutes. His biggest stops came in the closing seconds off a pair of shots in tight from rookie Taylor Hall.
Wild 3, Avalanche 2 — Niklas Backstrom turned in another strong performance with 23 saves, and Minnesota hung on to beat crumbling Colorado at home.
Antti Miettinen, Martin Havlat, and John Madden scored for the Wild, who overcame a two-goal game by David Jones. The Avalanche, still waiting on Peter Forsberg’s visa clearance, played without captain Adam Foote and lost another defenseman, Kyle Cumiskey, to a head injury in the first period.
The Avalanche fell to 3-8 in their last 11 games.
Ducks 4, Canucks 3 — Bobby Ryan scored twice and Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves as visiting Anaheim snapped Vancouver’s six-game winning streak.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf had an assist in his first game back after missing six weeks because of nasal sinus fractures.
He helped Anaheim move 4 points ahead of ninth-place Los Angeles in the Western Conference playoff race.
Flames 5, Senators 2 — Tim Jackman scored twice and Anton Babchuk had a goal and two assists for host Calgary.
Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross each had a goal and an assist for Calgary, which has won eight of nine. Since losing, 6-0, at home to Minnesota Jan. 19, the Flames have gone 8-0-1 to climb back into contention in the Western Conference playoff race.
Chris Kelly and Chris Campoli scored for Ottawa, which has lost five straight. The Senators are 1-13-4 in their past 18 games.
Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 2 — Patrick Marleau scored from a sharp angle with 4:51 left to lift San Jose past Columbus on the road.
The Sharks have earned at least a point in 10 straight games (9-0-1).
Kent Huskins and Kyle Wellwood also scored for the Sharks, who have won five straight. Antti Niemi made 42 saves.
Predators 4, Red Wings 1 — Martin Erat scored the first of Nashville’s four goals to chase Jimmy Howard, and Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for the visiting Predators.
Howard got pulled after giving up four goals on 16 shots and was replaced by Joey MacDonald. The Red Wings avoided getting shut out for the third time in four games late in the second when Ruslan Salei scored.
Coyotes 3, Stars 2 — Radim Vrbata scored a power-play goal at 1:13 of overtime to lift visiting Phoenix past Dallas, extending the Stars’ losing streak to a season-long four games.
Dallas’s Jamie Langenbrunner was penalized for tripping with 19 seconds left in regulation, and Vrbata capitalized on the four-on-three advantage in the extra period.\