Monday's NHL Capsules
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Miller scored twice, Darren Helm added a short-handed goal in the third period, and the Detroit Red Wings rolled to their sixth straight road victory, 7-4 over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
Pavel Datsyuk, Danny Cleary, Jiri Hudler and captain Nicklas Lidstrom also scored for the Red Wings, who pulled within three points of Western Conference-leading Vancouver with their second straight road win after back-to-back home losses.
Jimmy Howard made 32 saves as the Red Wings pulled away with seven consecutive goals, including three in the first period.
Michal Handzus scored in the opening minutes for the Kings, who didn’t score again until captain Dustin Brown’s goal cut Detroit’s lead to five goals with 7:34 to play.
Blackhawks 4, Wild 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each scored in the second period to help Chicago stretch its winning streak to a season-high five games.
Tomas Kopecky also scored in the second, Marian Hossa sealed it with a short-handed goal with 1:52 left, and the surging Blackhawks crept a little bit closer to last year’s Stanley Cup championship form.
The Wild paid for a flat first two periods and lost to one of their primary competitors in the crowded Western Conference race. They’re in the constantly changing final playoff spot with 72 points, and the Blackhawks barged into sixth place with 74 points.
Martin Havlat and Brent Burns scored for the Wild.
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