Scorching Blackhawks handle Sharks

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Chicago center Andrew Shaw watches his shot roll into the net past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi and Douglas Murray. The Blackhawks won 4-1 on Friday night.  CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Chicago center Andrew Shaw watches his shot roll into the net past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi and Douglas Murray. The Blackhawks won 4-1 on Friday night.

CHICAGO — Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw scored during Chicago’s strong second period, and the NHL-leading Blackhawks beat the sliding San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Friday night for their fifth win in six games.

Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson also scored for the Blackhawks, who remain the league’s only team without a regulation loss. Jamal Mayers had two assists and backup Ray Emery made 27 saves for his fourth win in four starts this season.

Chicago’s first home win since Jan. 27 against Detroit had a little bit of everything, including a rare fight between captains Jonathan Toews, of the Blackhawks, and Joe Thornton, of the Sharks.

DUCKS 5, RED WINGS 2

In Detroit, Andrew Cogliano scored two of Anaheim’s three goals in the third period, sending the surging Ducks to a win over the Red Wings.

Viktor Fasth made 26 saves to become the first goalie in seven years to win his first seven career starts. The 30-year-old Fasth is considered a first-year player and not a rookie by the NHL because he is older than 25.

Matt Beleskey and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which won its third straight and seventh in eight games.

DEVILS 5, FLYERS 3

In Newark, N.J., David Clarkson scored on a deflection at 10:43 of the third period and New Jersey rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Philadelphia.

Travis Zajac, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Patrik Elias scored the Devils’ other goals with Ilya Kovalchuk getting the primary assist on each. Martin Brodeur made 25 saves and had an assist, while Steve Bernier iced the game with an empty-net goal.

Wayne Simmonds, Mike Knuble and Matt Read scored in a 2:36 span in a first-period onslaught for the Flyers, who are 2-7 on the road this season. Ilya Bryzgalov had 15 saves.

PENGUINS 3, JETS 2

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Craig Adams scored his first two goals of the season to lift Pittsburgh past the Jets.

James Neal scored his 11th goal of the season, while Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 25 shots.

Andrew Ladd scored for the Jets and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 25 shots.

It was Pittsburgh’s seventh road win of the season.

SABRES 4, BRUINS 2

In Buffalo, N.Y., Christian Ehrhoff scored the game-winner with 10:58 remaining and the Sabres rallied for three goals in the third period to beat Boston.

Ehrhoff fired a wrister from the slot over goalie Anton Khudobin, who anticipated a low shot and went down early. Cody Hodgson added a goal less than 3 minutes later when he tipped in a pass from Tyler Myers.

Myers began the comeback 2 minutes into the third period, tying the game at 2 by backhanding in a rebound after Khudobin stoned Jochen Hecht on a 2-on-1 break.

The goals completed a stirring comeback for Buffalo, which trailed 2-1 going into the third.


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