CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks finally got to celebrate Wednesday night.
It had been a while.
Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, and Chicago stopped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"I think we played a winning style tonight," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "Direct, hard-nosed. Hopefully that'll turn into more points.
"So nice to see them get rewarded, because we played really hard in some other games and didn't come out with a point."
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Duncan Keith and the Chicago Blackhawks did their part to spoil the St. Louis' playoff chances.
The star defenseman scored a power-play goal with 8.5 seconds left and the Blackhawks beat St. Louis 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist, Andreas Martinsen and Blake Hillman also scored, and Jean-Francois Berube made 30 saves. The Blackhawks beat the Blues for the first time in three meetings this season.
DENVER (AP) — Joe Sakic's team languishes in last place. His players, though, remain first-rate.
That's the feeling of the Colorado Avalanche general manager and why he didn't make any major moves at the trade deadline Wednesday except dealing Jarome Iginla to Los Angeles for possibly one last playoff push.
After all the trade rumors, captain Gabriel Landeskog and forward Matt Duchene remain with the Avalanche — for now, anyway. The offseason may bring a different tune.
DENVER (AP) — This is exactly how Mikko Rantanen and the Colorado Avalanche envisioned playing all season.
Of course, it's way too late by now.
Rantanen scored three times for his first career hat trick, Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots and last-place Colorado beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Andreas Martinsen added a goal as the Avalanche posted back-to-back wins for the first time since November. Even more, it's the first time all season they've won two straight at home.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Duchene broke out of an offensive slump and Semyon Varlamov was strong again as the Colorado Avalanche are putting together a solid road trip.
Duchene had two goals and an assist, Varlamov made 27 saves for his 21st career shutout and the Avalanche beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Thursday night.
"He's a big horse for us," Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla said of Duchene. "He's been good the first few games, but tonight he took it to a new level."
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist, Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves for his 21st career shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Thursday night.
Andreas Martinsen and Carl Soderberg scored for the Avalanche, who are 2-1 on a four-game trip. Colorado beat Pittsburgh in overtime and lost to Washington earlier on the trip.