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'Hawks eke past Sabres

Historic day: In beating the Wings 3-0, Henrik Lundqvist gets his 49th shutout, tying the Rangers record of Ed Giacomin, and 300th win, one shy of the Rangers record of Mike Richter.

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Historic day: In beating the Wings 3-0, Henrik Lundqvist gets his 49th shutout, tying the Rangers record of Ed Giacomin, and 300th win, one shy of the Rangers record of Mike Richter.

Bruins 0 1 4 5
at Panthers 0 1 1 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jonathan Toews scored the go-ahead goal 1:34 into the third as the Blackhawks ended a two-game road skid with a 2-1 win over the Sabres on Sunday.

Buffalo native Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, which got 20 saves from Corey Crawford in his 12th straight start.

By improving to 3-3 since the end of the Olympic break, Chicago avoided its longest road losing streak since a six-gamer from Feb. 2-14, 2012.

Drew Stafford scored for the league-worst and shorthanded Sabres, whose three-game home win streak ended. Over the past week, Buffalo traded four of its top players: goalie Ryan Miller, defenseman Brayden McNabb and wings Steve Ott and Matt Moulson. And Sunday, it was without wings Zemgus Girgensons, Chris Stewart and Torrey Mitchell due to undisclosed injuries.

But the Sabres kept the game against the defending Stanley Cup champs close throughout. And they peppered Crawford late. Brian Flynn came in alone on the left side but was denied by a glove save with 5:32 left. And with Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth pulled in the final minute, Crawford made a blocker save on a two-on-one.

Game highlights: Torey Krug scored the go-ahead goal 7:38 into the third as the visiting Bruins won their season-high fifth in a row, 5-2 over the Panthers.

Around the league: The Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov will debut tonight, two days after signing a contract. After being drafted 26th overall in 2010, the wing, 21, spent four seasons in Russia's KHL. He led his team in scoring each season and was an All-Star at age 19. … The Sabres suspended defenseman Rostislav Klesla for failing to report to their AHL affiliate. It comes a day after the Czech said he intended to leave the NHL for Europe. In a span of two days last week, Klesla was traded from Phoenix to Washington and Washington to Buffalo. … Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is out indefinitely and was being evaluated for a possible concussion after being run over by Wild center Erik Haula on Saturday. Haula was called for a five-minute charge. … Bruins wing Daniel Paille left Sunday's game during the first period, and his status is unknown. The team did not disclose the injury. But Paille, who missed seven games earlier this season with a concussion, left after taking a big hit from Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski. … Flames center Matt Stajan will take a leave of absence after the death of his newborn son.

Blackhawks 1 0 1 2
at Sabres 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Chicago, Kane 28 (Sharp, Oduya), 3:12. 2, Buffalo, Stafford 11 (Conacher, Ennis), 9:11. PenaltiesSaad, Chi (tripping), 4:39; Ennis, Buf (hooking), 5:23; Oduya, Chi (tripping), 19:54.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesKruger, Chi (high-sticking), 3:35; D'Agostini, Buf (holding), 5:45; D'Agostini, Buf (interference), 14:12; Ruhwedel, Buf (hooking), 17:37.

Third Period3, Chicago, Toews 25 (Saad, Shaw), 1:34. PenaltiesRegin, Chi (tripping), 5:07; Ehrhoff, Buf (slashing), 8:51; Hjalmarsson, Chi (hooking), 14:28. Shots on GoalChicago 11-13-7—31. Buffalo 8-5-8—21. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 0 of 5; Buffalo 0 of 5. GoaliesChicago, C.Crawford 25-11-10 (21 shots-20 saves). Buffalo, Enroth 4-14-5 (31-29). A19,070 (19,070).

Bruins 0 1 4 5
at Panthers 0 1 1 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesLucic, Bos (hooking), 11:26; Winchester, Fla (high-sticking), 14:44; Boyes, Fla (high-sticking), 17:43.

Second Period1, Florida, Hayes 6 (Bjugstad, Bergenheim), 7:00. 2, Boston, Meszaros 6 (Smith, Bergeron), 9:58 (pp). PenaltiesFlorida bench, served by Huberdeau (too many men), 9:22; Marchand, Bos (cross-checking), 12:34.

Third Period3, Boston, Krug 13 (Marchand, Bergeron), 7:38. 4, Boston, Bergeron 18 (Eriksson, Soderberg), 11:21 (pp). 5, Florida, Hayes 7 (Huberdeau), 11:50. 6, Boston, Iginla 20 (Lucic, Chara), 12:13. 7, Boston, Kelly 6, 18:52 (en). PenaltiesSoderberg, Bos (high-sticking), 2:09; Boychuk, Bos (roughing), 4:41; Fleischmann, Fla (hooking), 9:27. Shots on GoalBoston 12-15-15—42. Florida 7-8-7—22. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 2 of 4; Florida 0 of 4. GoaliesBoston, C.Johnson 13-3-1 (22 shots-20 saves). Florida, Luongo 20-17-6 (41-37). A18,858 (17,040).

at Rangers 1 0 2 3
Red Wings 0 0 0 0

First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 5 (J.Moore, D.Moore), 5:14. PenaltiesMcDonagh, NYR (tripping), 14:59; Franzen, Det (interference), 16:23.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesKreider, NYR (holding), :28; Quincey, Det (cross-checking), 8:16; Carcillo, NYR (tripping), 11:08.

Third Period2, N.Y. Rangers, Kreider 15 (McDonagh, Stepan), :14. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Kreider 16 (Stepan, McDonagh), 12:11. PenaltiesHoward, Det, served by Bertuzzi (roughing), 7:34. Shots on GoalDetroit 11-7-12—30. N.Y. Rangers 12-9-10—31. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 0 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 3. GoaliesDetroit, Howard 13-15-10 (31 shots-28 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 24-20-4 (30-30). A18,006 (18,006).

'Hawks eke past Sabres 03/09/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 9, 2014 11:05pm]

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