NHL results, April 5-6
The Chicago Blackhawks are taking a more direct approach to generating offense without injured star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
So far, its working.
Rookie Jeremy Morin scored and set up Patrick Sharps go-ahead goal in the second period, and injury-depleted Chicago held on to defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday afternoon for its third straight win.
Weve simplified our game quite a bit, said Sharp, who scored his team-leading 33rd goal. Were not trying to make as many plays offensively. Were battling hard.
Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith also scored for Chicago, which closed to one point behind Colorado for second place in the Central Division.
Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka connected for St. Louis, which lost its second straight and remained two points behind idle Boston for the NHLs overall point lead and race for the Presidents Trophy.Panthers 3, Stars 2:
Sean Bergenheim scored with 4:31 left to break a third-period tie, and host Florida snapped a five-game losing streak. ... The Stars still hold a one-point lead over the Phoenix Coyotes for the second Western Conference wild card spot.Saturdays late gamesCanucks 2, Kings 1:
Brad Richardsons goal with 1:23 remaining gave host Vancouver the victory.Capitals 4, Islanders 3:
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the only goal in the shootout to move visiting Washington two points behind Columbus for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.Stars 5, Lightning 2:
Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist to lead visiting Dallas.Wild 4, Penguins 0:
Cody McCormick had a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 20 shots he faced for host Minnesota, which maintained a five-point cushion over Dallas for the seventh playoff spot in the West.Devils 3, Hurricanes 1:
Dainus Zubrus scored two goals to help visiting New Jersey extend its point streak to seven games, giving its playoff chances a significant boost.Senators 3, Rangers 2:
Robin Lehner made 41 saves and held off a furious late push by host New York to keep the Rangers from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth.Jets 4, Maple Leafs 2:
Tobias Enstrom scored the tie-breaking goal late in the second period for visiting Winnipeg. ... Toronto has just three games remaining and trails Columbus by one point for the Eastern Conferences last playoff spot.Canadiens 5, Red Wings 3:
Brian Gionta scored his second goal late in the third period for host Montreal, which is 10-2-0 in its past 12 games.