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Raanta's first shutout leads 'Hawks

CHICAGO — Antti Raanta made 26 saves in his first NHL shutout and Brandon Saad scored as the Blackhawks beat the Kings 1-0 on Monday and sent Los Angeles to its first three-game losing streak in a year.

With Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford nearing a return from a lower-body injury, Raanta improved to 10-1-3 while bouncing back from one of his worst performances. He allowed two late goals in a 6-5 shootout loss at St. Louis on Saturday.

"The guys were playing really nice in front of me (Monday), and they were blocking shots," Raanta said. "I had (five) saves in the last period, so they made my job pretty easy."

Los Angeles' Martin Jones took his second straight loss after beginning his career with eight consecutive wins, tying the NHL record.

Chicago forward Patrick Kane, second in the league in points, had a career-best point streak snapped at 14 games.

ovi angry: The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin was unhappy about what he considered a hit to his head by the Senators' Chris Neil in a 3-1 Washington loss and said he wanted the league to review it. The two collided midway through the first period in Ottawa. Neil skated off favoring his left leg and didn't return. Ovechkin, the league goals leader, played the rest of the game. "Four guys out there (the officials) didn't do their job. Maybe they decide to celebrate New Year's too early… and they didn't see head shots," said Ovechkin, who didn't score.

Howard rusty: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, reported to have gotten a spot on the U.S. team for February's Olympics, struggled in his return after being sidelined since Dec. 10 with a knee injury, allowing five goals in a 6-4 loss to the host Predators. He called his performance "not very pretty."

32-year-old gets first nhl goal: The Sharks ended the season's longest winning streak at 10 games with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Ducks late Sunday, but that was overshadowed by an individual accomplishment. At age 32 and in his eighth regular-season NHL game, career minor-leaguer Bracken Kearns scored his first NHL goal. "It was amazing, absolutely amazing," said Kearns, called up from AHL Worcester the previous day to help shore up the Sharks' injury-depleted forward ranks. "It felt so good."

at Blackhawks 1 0 0 1
Kings 0 0 0 0

First1, Chi, Saad 14 (Bickell, Keith), 7:05. PenaltiesVersteeg, Chi (hooking), 17:21.

SecondNone. PenaltiesDoughty, LA (tripping), 1:49; Voynov, LA (delay of game), 3:35; Chi bench, served by Bollig (too many men), 8:27.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesCarter, LA (hold), 9:24. Missed Penalty ShotBrown, LA, 13:22 second. Shots on GoalLA 6-15-5—26. Chi 6-11-13—30. PP opportunitiesLA 0 of 2; Chi 0 of 3. GoaliesLA, Jones 8-2-0 (30 shots-29 saves). Chi, Raanta 10-1-3 (26-26).

at Predators 2 1 3 6
Red Wings 1 0 3 4

First1, Nash, Wilson 6 (Jones, Fisher), 1:54. 2, Det, Abdelkader 4 (Miller), 3:00. 3, Nash, C.Smith 11 (Gaustad), 9:50. PenaltiesMiller, Det, double minor (high-sticking), 12:20.

Second4, Nash, Spaling 7 (C.Smith), 4:24. PenaltiesQuincey, Det (tripping), 4:52; Cullen, Nas (tripping), 11:48; Abdelkader, Det, major (fighting), 17:39; Fisher, Nas, major (fighting), 17:39.

Third5, Det, Datsyuk 15 (Kronwall), :35. 6, Nash, Fisher 10 (Wilson, Hornqvist), 5:50. 7, Det, Miller 5 (Quincey, Helm), 11:30. 8, Nash, Wilson 7 (Jones, Fisher), 12:07. 9, Det, Eaves 1 (Zetterberg, Kronwall), 14:52 (pp). 10, Nash, Josi 3 (Cullen), 19:41 (en-pp). PenaltiesNyquist, Det (tripping), 12:29; Fisher, Nas (hooking), 14:25; Bertuzzi, Det (tripping), 17:54. Shots on GoalDet 5-11-9—25. Nash 9-11-9—29. PP oppsDet 1 of 2; Nash 1 of 5. GoaliesDet, Howard 6-9-7 (28 shots-23 saves). Nash, Mazanec 7-8-1 (25-21).

at Senators 1 1 1 3
Capitals 1 0 0 1

First1, Wash, Ward 12 (Erat, Chimera), 2:11. 2, Ott, Zibanejad 9 (Conacher, Michalek), 13:49. PenaltiesVolpatti, Was (interference), 6:38; Ovechkin, Was (slashing), 15:16; Ceci, Ott (hooking), 19:00.

Second3, Ott, Turris 10 (Ryan), 3:14. PenaltiesNone.

Third4, Ott, MacArthur 12 (E.Karlsson, Cowen), 19:25 (en). PenaltiesOleksy, Was (high-sticking), 4:45; Wiercioch, Ott (holding), 7:39; Alzner, Was (tripping), 10:58. Shots on GoalWash 10-14-11—35. Ott 11-14-13—38. Power-play opportunitiesWash 0 of 2; Ott 0 of 4. GoaliesWash, Grubauer 5-2-2 (37 shots-35 saves). Ott, C.Anderson 12-9-4 (35-34).

Raanta's first shutout leads 'Hawks 12/30/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:09am]
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