Kane keeps Blackhawks ticking, Panthers march on


The Chicago Blackhawks posted their seventh-straight win in an entertaining nine-goal contest against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

The Blackhawks prevailed 6-3, thanks in large part to the genius of Patrick Kane, who scored two fine goals to aid his side's cause.

Marian Hossa got the nod for man of the match with two goals of his own for the Blackhawks, while Colorado's Matt Duchene also managed a double from just four shots on goal.

The win brings the Blackhawks within four points of the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference's Central Division.

The Florida Panthers extended their winning streak to 12, holding on for a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Jaromir Jagr scored his 15th goal of the season just four minutes into the game to put the Panthers ahead, while Jonathan Huberdeau scored the eventual winner, just before Mark Letestu was on target for the Oilers to bring the margin back to one goal.

It proved one goal too many, however, as the Oilers could not find a way to tie the game.

The Washington Capitals secured a 7-1 win over the Ottawa Senators as captain Alex Ovechkin scored goals 500 and 501 of his NHL career.

He was joined on the goalscorers list by team-mates Justin Williams, T.J. Oshie, Zach Sill, Dmitry Orlov and Tom Wilson, while Mike Hoffman scored Ottawa's consolation.

The win was the Capitals' eighth in 10 games.

Elsewhere, an action-packed third period saw the New Jersey Devils beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1, courtesy of Jon Merrill's first goal of the season, while the Detroit Red Wings won 2-1 on the road against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Buffalo Sabres ended their run of six successive defeats with a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.