Blackhawks top Rangers to end nine-game slide

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NEW YORK — Jonathan Toews scored on a penalty shot to start Chicago’s four-goal first period against New York backup Martin Biron, and the Blackhawks emphatically snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers on Thursday night.

Toews kicked off the spree just over a minute in, defenseman Nick Leddy doubled the lead 1:03 later, and Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa added goals to make it 4-0 before 10 minutes had elapsed. Corey Crawford kept things mostly intact the rest of the way, stopping 22 shots.

The Rangers went 0 for 7 on the power play and missed a chance to jump over Detroit to the top of the NHL standings as their four-game winning streak was broken.

FLYERS 7, SABRES 2

In Philadelphia, Wayne Simmonds and Max Talbot scored two goals each, leading the Flyers over Buffalo.

Erik Gustafsson scored his first career NHL goal as part of a four-goal second period for the Flyers.

Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell added goals in the third for the Flyers to turn this one into a rout. Claude Giroux had five assists.

BLUES 5, ISLANDERS 1

In St. Louis, Andy McDonald scored his first goal of the season, and T.J. Oshie had goal and an assist in the Blues’ victory over New York.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Jason Arnott and David Perron also scored, and Alex Pietrangelo had three assists to help the Blues move within three points of NHL-leading Detroit with 77 points.

LIGHTNING 6, SHARKS 5 (OT)

In Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis scored his second goal of the game 4:27 into overtime, Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists in his 300th NHL game, and the Lightning beat San Jose.

Stamkos has 158 goals and 298 points overall.

Teddy Purcell and Steve Downie scored the other goals for Tampa Bay.

The Pacific Division-leading Sharks got goals from Logan Couture, Michal Handzus, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Colin White and Tommy Wingels.


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