Chicago's Johnny Oduya, left, tries to stop San Jose's Tim Kennedy from advancing the puck in the second period. The Blackhawks improved to 11-0-3 with the 4-1 home victory.


CHICAGO - Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw scored during Chicago's strong second period, and the NHL-leading Blackhawks beat the sliding San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Friday night for their fifth win in six games.

Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson also scored for the Blackhawks, who remain the league's only team without a regulation loss. Jamal Mayers had two assists and backup Ray Emery made 27 saves for his fourth win in four starts.

Chicago's first home win since Jan. 27 against Detroit had a bit of everything, including a rare fight between captains Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks and Joe Thornton of the Sharks.

Toews skated up to Thornton with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the first period, jabbed him with his stick and then dropped his gloves. The star centers tangled up for a minute before Thornton dragged Toews to the ice and the linesmen skated in.

San Jose has dropped seven in a row after getting off to a 7-0 start. Three of the losses have come in a shootout or overtime.

• Stars 4, Canucks 3: In Vancouver, British Columbia Brenden Dillon scored the go-ahead goal with 3 minutes left in the third period as Dallas rallied to end the Canucks' six-game winning streak.

• Kings 2, Blue Jackets 1: In Los Angeles, Kyle Clifford opened the scoring late in the second period, Jonathan Bernier made 12 saves and the Kings beat Columbus for the defending Stanley Cup champions' first regulation win at home this season.

• Sabres 4, Bruins 2: In Buffalo, N.Y., Christian Ehrhoff scored the winner with 10:58 remaining and the Sabres rallied for three goals in the third period.

Ehrhoff fired a wrister from the slot over goalie Anton Khudobin, and Cody Hodgson added a goal with a pass from Tyler Myers.

• Devils 5, Flyers 3: In Newark, N.J., David Clarkson scored on a deflection at 10:43 of the third period and New Jersey rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Philadelphia.

• Penguins 3, Jets 1: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Craig Adams scored his first two goals of the season to lift Pittsburgh to its seventh road win of the season.

James Neal scored his 11th goal of the season, while Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots.

• Ducks 5, Red Wings 2: In Detroit, Andrew Cogliano had two of Anaheim's three goals in the third period, sending the surging Ducks to their third straight win and seventh in eight games.

Viktor Fasth made 26 saves to become the first goalie in seven years to win his first seven career starts.

• Blues 5, Flames 2: In Calgary, Alberta, David Perron scored twice on the power play as St. Louis scored four unanswered goals in the first period and never looked back.

Perron's first of the night came against goalie Joey MacDonald, who took over for starter Leland Irving just over four minutes into the game after St. Louis scored on two of its first four shots.

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• Two days of talks between the NHL and international hockey officials wrapped up Friday with signs the league will wind up sending its players to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.