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Blackhawks beat Blues to close on Central lead

December 4, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Patrick Kane score twice to help the Blackhawks beat St. Louis 4-1 on Wednesday, moving within a point of the Blues and the NHL Central Division lead.

In the day’s other games, Minnesota beat a Montreal team which remains in a result rut, Anaheim beat struggling Philadelphia in a shootout and Winnipeg won in overtime against an Edmonton side that is in a losing spiral.

Chicago’s Kris Versteeg and Marcus Kruger also scored as the Blackhawks notched a fourth-straight win. Versteeg also had the primary assist on each of Kane’s goals.

Back at home after a six-game road trip, Chicago killed off each of St. Louis’ six power plays.

Ian Cole scored the sole goal for the Blues.

Minnesota’s Jason Zucker and Jason Pominville scored improbable goals to lift the Wild to a 2-1 victory over Montreal.

Alex Galchenyuk scored in the final minute for the Canadiens after they pulled the goaltender. Montreal has won only one of its previous five games.

Playing one day after the death of Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau, the Canadiens dedicated the game to the longtime captain who won 10 Stanley Cup titles as a player. All Montreal players wore No. 4 on their helmets.

Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry scored in the shootout as the Ducks beat Philadelphia 5-4, handing the Flyers a ninth-straight road loss.

Winnipeg’s Mathieu Perreault scored 17 seconds into overtime to give the Jets a 3-2 victory over Edmonton, which has lost 11 straight games.

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