Blackhawks get back to winning ways, Versteeg inspires Hurricanes


The Chicago Blackhawks got back to winning ways with a Corey Crawford inspired 2-0 shutout of the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

Goaltender Crawford made 25 saves for the Blackhawks as he proved equal to everything the Blues could throw at him.

At the other end, Artemi Panarin and Andrew Shaw scored the goals in the second and third periods respectively, with Patrick Kane getting among the points again with an assist, making for a frustrating day for Blues goaltender Brian Elliott who made 23 saves of his own.

The Blues have now lost two back-to-back games.

A double from Kris Versteeg helped the Carolina Hurricanes - his fifth club in the NHL - to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

Versteeg's personal tally for the season now stands at 10 goals and 30 points, while he was joined on the scoresheet by Joakim Nordstrom, Elias Lindholm and Victor Rask.

Goaltender Eddie Lack was kept busy at the other end making 35 saves.

The Flames were 3-0 down before they registered their first, when Jiri Hudler scored in the second period, before Joe Colborne made it 3-2 early in the third only for the Hurricanes to run away with it thereafter.

The Ottawa Senators were far too strong for the New York Rangers, ending their two-game losing streak with a 3-0 win.

The Rangers came into the game on the back of two wins on the trot, but could not match the Senators, thanks in large part to a 35-save shutout from Craig Anderson, while Mike Hoffman chipped in with a goal and an assist.

Bobby Ryan was the man on the end of Hoffman's assist and they were joined on the scoresheet by Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

The Los Angeles Kings were forced to come from behind not once but twice on the way to an overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks.

The Kings prevailed 3-2, with Martin Gaborik sealing the win with 54 seconds left in OT for his ninth goal of the season.

Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals' home clash against the Pittsburgh Penguins was postponed due to the blizzards on the east coast.