Blackhawks end losing streak at nine

NEW YORK — Jonathan Toews scored on a penalty shot to start the Blackhawks' four-goal first period that helped them beat the Rangers 4-2 Thursday and end a nine-game skid.

Chicago went 0-8-1 after beating Florida on Jan. 20, scoring more than three goals only once. And it was 0-6-1 during a nine-game road trip that ends Saturday at Columbus.

Martin Biron allowed all four goals. But one came on the penalty shot and two on breakaways.

Toews struck just 1:04 in after Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi covered the puck in the crease when Biron couldn't control a rebound.

After Patrick Sharp scored on a breakaway to make it 3-0 just 4:00 into the game, Rangers fans chanted "Hen-rik! Hen-rik!" for No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

When Biron stopped a shot from defenseman Brent Seabrook from the opposite end of the ice — about 132 feet — he received a mock cheer. But Marian Hossa made it 4-0 at 9:38 on another breakaway.

The most goals the Rangers had allowed in a game this season was five, to Ottawa on Oct. 29. They had not given up four goals in a period and allowed three only three times. And Lundqvist has yielded only seven goals during six February appearances.

Game highlights: Wayne Simmonds scored twice after being hit in the face by a puck during warmups as the host Flyers beat the Sabres 7-2. Simmonds joined teammates on the bench a few minutes into the game. Wearing a full shield, he scored power-play goals 3:17 apart in the second to put Philadelphia up 3-2.

Clock issue: Officials in the league's situation room in Toronto will more closely observe the final minute of periods and refine the overall timing process. The changes come after an investigation into a pause of the Staples Center clock during the final seconds of the Kings' game against the Blue Jackets on Feb. 1. The pause allowed the Kings' Drew Doughty to score the winning goal. Colin Campbell, senior vice president of hockey operations, said the clock's maker, Daktronics, examined the clock and found "no defects." He also said the off-ice crew was interviewed and he was "completely satisfied" with the clock operator, whom he declined to identify. He also declined to disclose other changes the league will make.

Around the league: Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg will sit out tonight and is day to day with an undisclosed lower-body injury. The left wing, tied for third on the team with 44 points, was hurt Tuesday against the Stars. … The Flyers acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Stars for a 2012 second-round pick and 2013 third-round pick. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has five assists in 52 games.

Blackhawks 4 0 0 4
at Rangers 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Chicago, J.Toews 28 (penalty shot), 1:05. 2, Chicago, Leddy 3 (Hossa, Seabrook), 2:07. 3, Chicago, Sharp 23 (J.Toews), 4:00. 4, Chicago, Hossa 22 (Kane, Seabrook), 9:38. PenaltiesScott, Chi (roughing, boarding), 5:18; Shaw, Chi (holding), 5:18; Rupp, NYR (roughing), 5:18; O'Donnell, Chi (interference), 13:33.

Second Period5, N.Y. Rangers, Staal 1 (Eminger, Rupp), 3:04. PenaltiesStalberg, Chi (goaltender interference), 5:34; J.Toews, Chi (interference), 8:06; B.Richards, NYR (holding stick), 8:33; Dubinsky, NYR (elbowing, roughing), 9:21; Chicago bench, served by Brunette (too many men), 12:45.

Third Period6, N.Y. Rangers, Hagelin 9 (McDonagh, Callahan), 15:15. PenaltiesO'Donnell, Chi (cross-checking), 5:47. Shots on GoalChicago 10-9-3—22. N.Y. Rangers 5-7-12—24. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 0 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 7. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 19-14-5 (24 shots-22 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Biron 10-3-1 (22-18). A18,200 (18,200).

at Flyers 0 4 3 7
Sabres 2 0 0 2

First Period1, Buffalo, Pominville 22 (Myers, Roy), 5:15. 2, Buffalo, Vanek 21 (Ennis, Gerbe), 9:30. PenaltiesTalbot, Phi (tripping), 10:35; Briere, Phi (slashing), 13:30; Vanek, Buf (interference), 17:50.

Second Period3, Philadelphia, Talbot 15 (Coburn, Carle), :54. 4, Philadelphia, Simmonds 19 (Giroux, Hartnell), 3:32 (pp). 5, Philadelphia, Simmonds 20 (Hartnell, Giroux), 6:49 (pp). 6, Philadelphia, Gustafsson 1 (Voracek, Giroux), 13:48. PenaltiesKassian, Buf, major (fighting), 2:54; Sestito, Phi, major (fighting), 2:54; Myers, Buf (tripping), 3:22; Hartnell, Phi (high-sticking), 4:08; Buffalo bench, served by Stafford (too many men), 5:27; Coburn, Phi (hooking), 10:48.

Third Period7, Philadelphia, Talbot 16 (Wellwood, Couturier), 3:58. 8, Philadelphia, Voracek 10 (Hartnell, Giroux), 4:29. 9, Philadelphia, Hartnell 27 (Read, Giroux), 9:25. PenaltiesLilja, Phi (hooking), 13:26; Simmonds, Phi (cross-checking), 17:06; Gerbe, Buf (roughing), 18:21; Talbot, Phi (roughing), 18:21. Shots on GoalBuffalo 12-6-11—29. Philadelphia 11-12-12—35. Power-play opportunitiesBuffalo 0 of 6; Philadelphia 2 of 3. GoaliesBuffalo, Enroth 8-10-3 (18 shots-15 saves), Miller (6:49 second, 17-13). Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 20-11-6 (29-27). A19,725 (19,537).

Blackhawks end losing streak at nine 02/16/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:03pm]

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