ST. LOUIS (AP) — Corey Crawford stopped 30 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks got goals from Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa for a 2-0 win over St. Louis on Sunday, ending Blues goalie Brian Elliott’s shutout streak at three games.
The Blackhawks lead the NHL with 68 points, and have won five in a row. They’re 3-1 against the Blues, all with Crawford in net.
The Blues rarely tested Crawford until the third period and lost their second straight in front of a standing room crowd of 19,385 that had a healthy contingent of Blackhawks fans. St. Louis has seven games remaining, all but one at home.
Bickell tapped in his own rebound on a rush early in the second period to end Elliott’s streak at 214 minutes. Hossa’s short-handed goal off a faceoff win by Jonathan Toews was the crusher early in the third, coming 17 seconds after Duncan Keith was whistled for cross-checking David Backes in front of the Chicago net.
SABRES 3, LIGHTNING 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jhonas Enroth stopped 32 shots and helped Buffalo keep up its late-season playoff push.
Tyler Ennis got his first goal in 12 games, and Jochen Hecht and Kevin Porter also scored for Buffalo (18-19-6), which took over sole possession of 10th place in the Eastern Conference — four points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers.
Benoit Pouliot score for the Lightning, who dropped to 1-4-1 in their past six. Tampa Bay has particularly struggled on the road, where it’s winless in four straight (0-3-1) and 1-6-1 in the last eight.
Enroth stopped the first 16 shots he faced before allowing his first goal in two games with 6:30 left in the second period.
RED WINGS 3, PREDATORS 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Henrik Zetterberg scored in the second period, and Detroit gained two crucial points in its chase to extend its streak of playoff berths.
The Red Wings got their first win in four games, the last two shootout losses, and moved into sole possession of eighth in the Western Conference two points ahead of Dallas and Columbus. Johan Franzen also scored a goal, and Justin Abdelkader added an empty-netter late. Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for his third shutout this season.
Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for Nashville, which lost its sixth straight.