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NHL: Blackhawks top Ducks 4-2

Published January 18, 2014 2:59 pm

Day in the NHL • Anaheim loses for just 2nd time in 20 games.
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Chicago • Marian Hossa scored two goals, and Kris Versteeg and Bryan Bickell also tallied to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past Anaheim 4-2 on Friday night to end the Ducks' eight-game winning streak and hand them only their second loss in the past 20 games.

Corey Crawford made 19 saves to help the Blackhawks end a five-game losing streak against Anaheim — including three straight in Chicago — and beat the Ducks for the first time since December 2011.

With Chicago cruising 3-0, Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf scored on a wrist shot to cap an odd-man break with 6:13 left in the third to end Crawford's shutout bid.

Then Kyle Palmieri connected on a 40-foot shot 53 seconds later to make it close before Hossa scored into an empty net with 7.6 seconds left.

Anaheim's run of 18 wins in 19 games began with a 3-2 shootout victory at Chicago on Dec. 6. It was the longest span of one-loss play since the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens won a record 20 of 21.

Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller was sharp and made 31 saves, but his 14-game winning streak ended. That run tied him for second-longest in NHL history with four other goalies.

Hiller hadn't lost since a shootout defeat to Los Angeles on Dec. 3.

Despite scuffling along at 1-1-3 in its past five games, defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago entered the game with the NHL's second-best point total.

Through most of the showdown against league-leading Anaheim, the Blackhawks were a step quicker and more-determined physically.

Chicago outshot the Ducks 35-21.

Versteeg collided with Bickell behind the Anaheim net at the end of the second period and didn't skate in the third.

Chicago outshot Anaheim 15-8 in the first period and led 2-0 after 20 minutes.

The Blackhawks dominated early, and Hossa opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 10:34.

Blue Jackets 5, Capitals 1 • Cam Atkinson scored two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky continued his hot streak to lead the host Columbus to its fifth straight victory EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Boston 47 30 15 2 62 136 104

Tampa Bay 48 28 15 5 61 137 115

Montreal 48 27 16 5 59 123 115

Toronto 49 24 20 5 53 136 149

Ottawa 48 21 18 9 51 138 151

Detroit 47 20 17 10 50 118 128

Florida 47 18 22 7 43 109 144

Buffalo 46 13 27 6 32 83 129

Metropolitan Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Pittsburgh 48 34 12 2 70 156 115

Philadelphia 48 24 19 5 53 128 136

N.Y. Rangers 49 25 21 3 53 120 126

Washington 48 22 18 8 52 141 146

New Jersey 49 20 18 11 51 113 120

Columbus 47 23 20 4 50 134 132

Carolina 46 19 18 9 47 111 130

N.Y. Islanders 49 19 23 7 45 134 157

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Chicago 50 31 8 11 73 181 137

St. Louis 46 32 9 5 69 164 104

Colorado 47 30 12 5 65 137 118

Minnesota 50 26 19 5 57 122 123

Dallas 47 21 19 7 49 134 145

Nashville 49 21 21 7 49 117 146

Winnipeg 49 21 23 5 47 138 148

Pacific Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Anaheim 50 36 9 5 77 172 124

San Jose 48 30 12 6 66 153 117

Los Angeles 48 29 14 5 63 124 97

Vancouver 49 24 16 9 57 124 125

Phoenix 47 22 16 9 53 136 143

Calgary 48 16 26 6 38 107 153

Edmonton 50 15 30 5 35 129 178

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

Friday's Games

Columbus 5, Washington 1

Chicago 4, Anaheim 2

Saturday's games

N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, noon

San Jose at Tampa Bay, noon.

Edmonton at Winnipeg, noon

Columbus at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

Montreal at Toronto, 5 p.m.

Los Angeles at Detroit, 5 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.

Florida at Carolina, 5 p.m.

Anaheim at St. Louis, 6 p.m.

Colorado at Nashville, 6 p.m.

New Jersey at Phoenix, 6 p.m.

Dallas at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Vancouver, 8 p.m.