Blackhawks avoid second straight loss in 5-3 victory against Devils
January 5, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
NEWARK, New Jersey--Patrick Sharp scored three goals and the Chicago Blackhawks avoided a rare second straight loss with a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the NHL on Friday night.
Sharp, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa scored in a span of 4:04 early in the third period to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead. Sharp added his 25th of the season and capped his hat trick with less than 2 minutes to play after New Jersey had pulled to 4-3.
Duncan Keith had three assists and fellow defenseman Brent Seabrook two in the four-goal third period against Martin Brodeur. Antti Raanta made 24 saves for Chicago.
Marek Zidlicky scored twice and fellow defenseman Andy Greene once for New Jersey, which lost in regulation for only the second time in nine games (5-2-2). Both defeats have come against the defending Stanley Cup champions, who lost in overtime to the Islanders on Thursday.
Penguins 5, Rangers 2 Sidney Crosby scored his 23rd goal and added two assists as Pittsburgh beat New York for its 11th straight home win.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for Pittsburgh and Jussi Jokinen ended a long scoring drought with two goals. Chris Kunitz also scored twice for the Penguins, who won for the 10th time in their last 12 meetings with the Rangers.
Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma earned his 231st victory, leaving him one shy of Eddie Johnson's franchise record.
Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh scored third-period goals for New York. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan returned after missing nine games with a knee injury.
Ducks 5, Oilers 2 Ben Lovejoy scored two goals in the first period and Jonas Hiller made 16 saves in his 10th consecutive victory as Anaheim beat Edmonton for its 12th win in 13 games.
Kyle Palmieri, Tim Jackman and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Ducks, who improved to 16-0-2 at home this season and remained one point behind Chicago for the overall NHL lead.