Blackhawks gain revenge
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and two assists as the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks ran out convincing 5-2 winners against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.
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Jimmy Hayes, Andrew Shaw and Brent Seabrook were also on target for Chicago, while goaltender Ray Emery made 17 saves to ensure the Blackhawks gained revenge for their 6-2 loss against the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center earlier this month.
Elsewhere, the New York Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 shootout triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.
Rookie JT Miller looked to have fluffed his lines when he lost the puck, but regained control and netted from a tight angle. Rick Nash also scored for New York in the shootout, Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves through 65 minutes and two more in the tie-breaker.
The Dallas Stars also enjoyed a welcome return to winning ways, ending a four-game losing run with a 4-3 success against the Calgary Flames.
Loui Eriksson grabbed a brace, with Erik Cole and Eric Nystrom also on the scoresheet as the Stars provided the perfect response to Saturday's 8-1 thrashing at the hands of Chicago at American Airlines Center.
Jonathan Quick produced 27 saves for his first shutout of the season in the Los Angeles Kings' 4-0 win against the Phoenix Coyotes. Jake Muzzin, Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter bagged the goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Anaheim Ducks earned a franchise-record 12th straight home win with a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks, rookie Emerson Etem among the scorers - with his first NHL goal - before captain Ryan Getzlaf made sure of the result late on.
The Tampa Bay Lightning saw off the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2, Teddy Purcell grabbing the go-ahead goal midway through the third period.
Finally, rookie Charlie Coyle netted the go-ahead goal 3:20 into the third period as the Minnesota Wild took sole possession of top spot in the Northwest Division with a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks.