Blackhawks lose again, blizzard postpones Capitals and Ducks clash


The Florida Panthers condemned the Chicago Blackhawks to a second consecutive defeat after their 12-game winning streak was ended on Thursday. 

Three first period goals from the Panthers set up a dominant 4-0 win over the Blackhawks at the BB&T Centre in Florida. 

Reilly Smith opened the scoring before Brian Campbell and Quinton Howden added to the scoreline late in the first period, with Aaron Ekblad scoring a fourth early in the second. 

Panthers' goaltender Roberto Luongo made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and the 72nd of his NHL career.

The win was the Panthers' first over the Blackhawks since March, 2011.

The game between Anaheim Ducks and the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Centre had to be postponed due to inclement weather conditions.

With severe snowstorms impacting the Washington, D.C., area the game had to be moved to a later date.

A decision regarding Pittsburgh Penguins' clash with the Capitals at the same venue on Sunday will be made on Saturday morning. 

The New York Islanders scored three goals in the third period to seal a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. 

After going behind early the Senators held a 2-1 advantage mid-way through the second period, but the Islanders scored four unanswered goals to get a third win in their past four games. 

In other results, the Detroit Red Wings shutout the Buffalo Sabres for a 3-0 win, with all goals coming in the third period, J.T. Miller scored a double as the New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1, and the Colorado Avalanche needed a penalty shootout to beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1.