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Quenneville gets victory No. 600

Associated Press / December 19, 2011
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Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist, and Joel Quenneville became the 10th coach to earn 600 NHL victories as the Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames, 4-2, last night in Chicago for their fifth straight win.

Steve Montador, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Patrick Kane also scored for the Blackhawks, who got 22 saves from Ray Emery.

Chicago vaulted past Minnesota into first place in the overall NHL standings with 46 points. The Blackhawks are 7-0-1 in their last eight games.

Calgary’s Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross scored power-play goals in the third period, and each had an assist. Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 saves.

Emery, who has taken over for struggling No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford, started and won for the fifth straight game while improving to 9-1-2 overall. He has played in seven straight, including six starts.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook sustained an upper-body injury late in the first period and didn’t return.

With 4:35 left in the first, Seabrook was slammed headfirst into the glass from behind by Flames forward Rene Bourque, who received a major penalty for boarding and was ejected. Seabrook remained face down on the ice for a minute before he was helped up and skated to the bench on his own.

Panthers 3, Hurricanes 2 - At Sunrise, Fla., Kris Versteeg scored 3:08 into overtime, giving Florida the victory over Carolina.

Stephen Weiss’s shot from in front was blocked, but Versteeg found the loose puck and swept it in from the left side of the crease for his team-leading 16th goal of the season.

Sean Bergenheim and Jason Garrison also scored for Florida, and Jose Theodore made 24 saves. The Panthers have earned at least one point in eight straight home games.

Tim Gleason and Chad LaRose had goals for the Hurricanes, who got 22 saves from Cam Ward, but have lost 10 of 12.

Blues 6, Blue Jackets 4 - Jason Arnott triggered a four-goal, third-period rally with the tiebreaking tally to lead St. Louis past visiting Columbus.

Alex Steen, Alex Pietrangelo, and Patrik Berglund also scored in the third period for the Blues, who trailed, 3-2, after two. Jaroslav Halak (6-7-4) made 28 saves for St. Louis, which has won nine of its last 11 home games.

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