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Emery helps Blackhawks to victory over Avalanche

DENVER--Ray Emery stopped 17 shots to remain unbeaten this season to help Chicago hold off Colorado 5-2 on Monday night in the first meeting since the Avalanche halted the Blackhawks' record points streak.

Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw scored 57 seconds apart in the first period, Brent Seabrook contributed another and Jonathan Toews added a late insurance goal for the surging Blackhawks, who have won three straight to move to 3-2-0 after their NHL-record 21-0-3 start to the season was ended in the Mile High City on March 8.

The Ducks beat the Sharks 5-3 with Emerson Etem scoring his first NHL goal to help Anaheim team post its 12th consecutive home win.

Viktor Fasth made 32 saves for the Ducks, who have the NHL's second-best record.

In other matches, the Minnesota Wild took the lead in the Northwest Division with a 3-1 win at Vancouver, the Kings had a 4-0 win over the Coyotes at Los Angeles, the New York Rangers beat the Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout, Tampa Bay had a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers and the Dallas Stars held off Calgary Flames 4-3.

Charlie Coyle scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves afor Minnesota, who moved two points ahead of Vancouver for the division lead with their eighth win in 11 games.

At Los Angeles, Jonathan Quick earned his first shutout of the season with 27 saves and Tyler Toffoli scored his first NHL goal on a power play in only his second game with the Kings.

Quick's 25th career shutout gave the Kings their 11th victory in 15 games and their 10th in the last 11 at Staples Center.

In New York, Rangers rookie J.T. Miller fumbled his way to a goal in the third round of a shootout to help end a three-game losing streak for his club.

Rick Nash scored in the opening round of the tiebreaker and Henrik Lundqvist stopped both Carolina tries for the Rangers, who moved into ninth place in the Eastern Conference — two points behind Carolina.

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Colorado Avalanche right wing Chuck Kobasew and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy #8 chase a puck into the corner during the third period of an NHL game in Denver on Monday, March 18. Chicago won 5-2.

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