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Chicago Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger, right, tries to get to puck while the St Louis Blues' David Backes holds him during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)
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First Published Apr 07 2014 10:24 am • Last Updated Apr 07 2014 11:31 pm

BLACKHAWKS 4, BLUES 2

CHICAGO • Rookie Jeremy Morin scored and set up Patrick Sharp’s go-ahead goal in the second period, and the injury-depleted Chicago Blackhawks held on to defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday for their third straight win.

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The Blackhawks ground out the victory despite skating without injured star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for the third game. Forward Brandon Saad was a last-minute scratch.

Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith also scored for Chicago.

Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka had goals for St. Louis, which lost its second straight and remained two points behind idle Boston for the NHL’s overall point lead. The Blues and Bruins have four games remaining.

Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 21 saves and St. Louis’ Brian Elliott made 31.

The Blues, who were shut out by Colorado on Saturday, have scored two goals or fewer in eight of 10 games.

FLYERS 5, SABRES 2

PHILADELPHIA • Brayden Schenn scored two goals, and Philadelphia broke a four-game losing streak with a win over lowly Buffalo.


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Philadelphia maintained third place in the Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of Columbus, and won for the second time in eight games (2-4-2). With four games remaining, the Flyers trail the second-place New York Rangers by two points, but have a game in hand.

Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier and Zac Rinaldo scored second-period goals to put Philadelphia ahead 4-0. Matt Read also scored and Mark Streit had three assists.

Cory Hodgson and Mike Weber scored third-period goals for Buffalo, which lost its sixth straight road game and fell to 2-13-1 in its last 16 overall. The Sabres, assured of finishing with the fewest points in the NHL, have scored eight goals during their road skid.

BLUE JACKETS 4, ISLANDERS 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio • Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu each had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the week to lead Columbus past the New York Islanders.

The Blue Jackets, desperate to hang on to a playoff spot in the East, matched a season high with three power-play goals.

Jack Johnson and Ryan Murray ended long droughts with goals, and Brandon Dubinsky had two assists. Bobrovsky, who won at Philadelphia 2-0 on Thursday, earned his fifth shutout of the season.

Anders Nilsson made 29 saves for the Islanders, who had their seven-game point streak end.

Columbus won at home after going 1-4-2 in its last seven games at Nationwide Arena.

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