Ice Hockey - Sharp fires Blackhawks to victory over Devils

Right winger Patrick Sharp recorded a hat-trick as the Chicago Blackhawks held off the New Jersey Devils 5-3.

Ice Hockey - Sharp fires Blackhawks to victory over Devils

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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) after scoring against the New Jersey Devils (Reuters)

Blackhawks 5, Devils 3

The Blackhawks pushed their lead to 4-1 with three quick goals early in the third period, but defenseman Marek Zidlicky answered with two goals to give the Devils a chance in the final six minutes.

Sharp's goal with 1:28 remaining, his 25th of the season, put the game away.

Left winger Brandon Saad and right winger Marian Hossa also added goals for the Blackhawks.

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Penguins 5, Rangers 2

Jussi Jokinen scored twice as Pittsburgh beat the New York Rangers 5-2.

The Penguins (30-12-1) look like Stanley Cup contenders again as they lead the Eastern Conference with 61 points.

Jokinen, a second-line winger, is helping the cause with 11 goals.

Left winger Chris Kunitz also scored twice for the Penguins while center Sidney Crosby added another goal. They are tied for the team lead with 23 goals each.

Crosby also had two assists and has tallied 10 goals and 16 assists in the last 14 games.

Goaltender Marc-Andrew Fleury made 33 saves for the Penguins.

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Ducks 5, Oilers 2

Defenseman Ben Lovejoy scored two goals and goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped 16 shots as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2.

Anaheim (30-8-5) remained atop the NHL's Pacific Division with the victory and stayed undefeated in regulation through 18 home games.

Hiller extended a franchise record with his 10th consecutive win while Lovejoy set a Ducks' record for the fastest two goals by a defenseman by scoring 2:33 apart in the first period.

Edmonton (13-26-5) was led with goals by center Boyd Gordon and winger Nail Yakupov but dropped its fourth in a row and lost for the 10th time in the last 12 games.

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Lightning 2, Flames 0

Being without center Steven Stamkos was supposed to be a death knell in the Tampa Bay Lightning's hot start to the first half of the season but instead, the Lightning keep on rolling along.

Tampa Bay, which has been without the two time leading NHL goal scorer Stamkos, put another victory in the books with a 2-0 win over the struggling Calgary Flames (14-21-6).

The Lightning have a 13-7-4 record without Stamkos and hit the halfway point of the season with a 25-12-4 record, good for second in the Atlantic Division.

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