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NHL: Penguins add to Chicago’s problems

2014-03-30T19:37:00Z 2014-03-30T20:24:17Z NHL: Penguins add to Chicago’s problemsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 30, 2014 7:37 pm  • 

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby had two goals in the final five minutes, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the injury-riddled Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.

Already playing without Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks lost captain Jonathan Toews to an upper-body injury in the second period. Toews was hit hard by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and was holding his left arm on the bench before heading down the runway.

James Neal and Lee Stempniak also scored for the Penguins, who won their second straight and snapped a three-game home losing streak. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves in his 36th victory of the season.

Orpik drilled Toews in the corner with 6:30 remaining in the second period while the two went for a loose puck. Toews got up slowly and did not return.

It’s been a rough stretch for injuries for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who will be without star forward Kane for the rest of the regular season due to a lower-body injury. Bryan Bickell is out with an upper-body injury but is expected to return soon.

The injury to Toews galvanized the Blackhawks, who dominated play in the third period. But Fleury held up just fine.

Crosby capped a 2-on-1 rush for Pittsburgh at 15:09 of the third, sending a wrist shot over the shoulder of Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. He added an empty-netter with 1:16 left for his 36th goal and league-leading 99th point of the season.

Sheldon Brookbank scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who lost three straight in regulation for the first time since February 2012.

Bruins 4, Flyers 3: In Philadelphia, Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and also tallied in the shootout to help the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

The Bruins have won nine straight road games, a single-season club record.

Reilly Smith, the fifth Boston shooter, clinched the victory in the tiebreaker. The Bruins went 15-1-1 in March.

Red Wings 3, Lightning 2: In Detroit, David Legwand had a goal and an assist, and Detroit held off Tampa Bay to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist also scored for Detroit, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots.

Senators 6, Flames 3: In Ottawa, Ontario, Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris had two goals apiece, leading the Senators to the win.

Jared Cowen gave Ottawa a lift with a tiebreaking goal on a wrist shot 1:12 into the third period, and Clarke MacArthur made it 5-3 with a tip-in at 12:22. Turris then scored his 25th goal into an empty net.

Predators 4, Capitals 3: In Nashville, Tenn., Craig Smith scored the only goal in the shootout to lead the Predators.

Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and Shea Weber added another for Nashville, which has won two of three. Troy Brouwer scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom had the other goal for Washington.

Rangers 5, Oilers 0: In Edmonton, Alberta, backup Cam Talbot stopped 26 shots for his third career shutout and Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello scored two goals apiece to lead New York to its sixth win in seven games.

Derek Brassard also scored for the Rangers, who moved two points ahead of Philadelphia for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

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