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NHL ROUNDUP: Blackhawks best Avalanche

by The Associated Press on December 28, 2013 10:39 AM

Patrick Sharp scored three goals for his third career hat trick and set up one of Jonathan Toews’ two scores to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 on Friday night.

Toews added two assists, and he and Sharp both finished with four points. Michal Handzus and Kris Versteeg also scored for the Blackhawks, whose NHL-leading offense powered them to a second straight win. They are 7-1-1 in their past nine games.

Colorado’s Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog beat rookie Antti Raanta, who finished with 16 saves in his eighth straight start — all since Blackhawks top goalie Corey Crawford sustained a lower-body injury on Dec. 8.

In other games Friday:

• Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Reilly Smith scored two goals to pace Boston’s 5-0 rout of Ottawa. The Bruins are 13-0-2 in their last 15 home games and have won eight straight in Boston.

• Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, and Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:09 left to carry Washington to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

• Cam Atkinson scored the lone goal in the shoot-out to lead Columbus past New Jersey, 2-1. Martin Bro- deur stopped 29 shots, and Adam Henrique scored for the Devils in the third period. Anisimov gave Columbus a 1-0 lead 7:34 into the game.

• Blake Wheeler scored two goals in Winnipeg’s 6-4 victory against Minnesota.

Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen, Dustin Byfuglien and Toby Enstrom added goals for Winnipeg. Dany Heatley, Justin Fontaine, Stephane Veilleux and Mikko Koivu scored for Minnesota.

• Jonathan Bernier put a stop to all three Buffalo shooters in the shootout to give Toronto the 4-3 victory.

Jake Gardiner, Peter Holland and Kessel scored second-period goals to put Toronto ahead 3-2.

• Patrick Marleau scored in regulation and in the shootout, Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and San Jose beat Phoenix, 4-3.

Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Sharks.

Logan Couture and Marleau scored in the shootout and Antti Niemi sealed the two points by stopping Radim Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

David Moss had two goals, and Vrbata scored late in the third period to help send Phoenix to overtime for the fourth straight game.

• Erik Cole scored two goals in the second period when Dallas snapped a tie, and the Stars went on to beat Nashville 4-1. Cole has scored in his last three games against Nashville, including three in two games this season.

Jamie Benn scored on Dallas’ first shot, a wraparound just 42 seconds into the game. Antoine Roussel missed a penalty shot at 16:35 of the first period.

• Ryan Smyth scored both goals and Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves to lead Edmonton over Calgary 2-0.

Smyth’s fifth goal of the season came at 17:22 of the first.

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