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Blackhawks' coach out, Hall of Famer in

After losing 12 of 15 games, the Chicago Blackhawks went on the offensive Monday, switching coaches and styles.

The Blackhawks fired defense-oriented coach Trent Yawney, replacing him with assistant Denis Savard, a Hall of Fame player whose No. 18 hangs from the United Center rafters. With the new coach comes a faster pace.

"We want to be a pressure team," said Savard, who joined the Blackhawks in 1997 as an assistant coach and will be behind the bench Wednesday against Dallas. "We've got to score more than one or two goals to be able to win. ... We have to be responsible defensively, but offensively, we have to be a little more creative."

Yawney, in his second season coaching the Blackhawks, had a 33-55-15 record and one season left on his contract.

Chicago has 16 points this season - only Columbus has fewer - and could be on the way to missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 years.

"We're eight points out of the playoffs," general manager Dale Tallon said. "We've only won three of the last 15 games. We want to make a run."

Tallon revamped the roster after the Blackhawks finished 26-43-13, the third-worst record last season. During the preseason, the team seemed faster and more skilled, but the Blackhawks have not met expectations.

ISLANDERS: Alexei Yashin will be out at least two weeks with a sprained right knee, and the team's leading scorer could miss a month.

PENGUINS: Sidney Crosby played an entire practice, but the 19-year-old center remained questionable for tonight's game against the Islanders. Crosby, eighth in the league with 30 points in 19 games, has missed three games since injuring his groin Nov. 20 in Philadelphia.

SHARKS: Left wing Milan Michalek went on injured reserve as San Jose lost another high-scoring forward to the injury bug. Michalek, who suffered an arm injury last week in Anaheim, has 23 points in 22 games this season, emerging as the team's third-leading scorer in his second full NHL campaign. Monday's games

DETROIT - The way the Red Wings killed penalties, you'd think they were the ones with an advantage.

Kris Draper and Mathieu Schneider scored short-handed goals in the third period to rally past the Stars.

Dominik Hasek made 20 saves for the Red Wings, who broke a five-game winless streak (0-2-3).

The Red Wings have scored seven short-handed goals this season, but their power play is a NHL-worst 12-for-114 (.105).

"As long as we keep scoring short-handed goals, we don't need to score on the power play," Schneider kidded.

LOS ANGELES - Mike Cammalleri and Lubomir Visnovsky scored during regulation and the Kings got shootout goals from Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov to beat the Devils.

Brian Gionta and Travis Zajac scored during New Jersey's first two power plays, but it wasn't enough as the Devils ended a five-game road trip with their fourth straight defeat - matching their longest losing streak of last season. Martin Brodeur made 26 saves.

The Kings have won consecutive games for the first time since beating St. Louis and the New York Islanders last month.

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