Ice Hockey - Blackhawks gain revenge on Avalanche

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2.

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Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (2nd L) celebrates with team-mates after scoring a second period goal against the Colorado Avalanche (Reuters)

Blackhawks 5, Avalanche 2

Ray Emery stopped 17 shots in the Blackhawks' win while Chicago's Brent Seabrook had a goal and an assist, and Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw also scored.

The Blackhawks got a little payback against the Avalanche, who stopped their streak of 24 games with at least a point to start the season.

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Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1

Rick Nash and J.T. Miller scored in the shootout and Henrik Lundqvist stopped two shots to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes salvaged a point with the shootout loss to come out three points ahead of the Rangers as well as the New York Islanders for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Derek Stepan scored his eighth goal of the year for the Rangers (14-12-2), who won for the first time in their last four games.

Eric Staal scored his 14th goal of the season for the Hurricanes with his brother, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, attending his first game since he took a puck to the face on March 5. Carolina (15-11-2) lost its third straight game.

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Lightning 4, Flyers 2

The Tampa Bay Lightning maintained implausible playoff hopes for another night after scoring continued to come from unusual sources in a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Lightning (13-15-1) took a 3-2 lead with 10:28 left in the game when Teddy Purcell leaped to redirect a Keith Aulie shot from just inside the blue line. The goal was Purcell's sixth of the season.

Rookie Ondrej Palat (2), Tom Pyatt (6) and Steven Stamkos (21, empty net) also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won two consecutive games for the first time in more than a month. The Lightning is are now tied with the Flyers for 11th in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia (13-16-1) missed two prime scoring chances while exerting pressure early in the third period, with Lightning defenseman Matt Carle getting just enough stick on a Claude Giroux shot to protect a gaping net and Matt Read hitting the crossbar just minutes later.

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Stars 4, Flames 3

The Dallas Stars atoned for Saturday's 8-1 home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, getting a pair of goals from Loui Eriksson and then holding on for a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames.

Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan juggled lines at the morning skate, and his top line of Ray Whitney, Jamie Benn and Eriksson paid huge dividends in the win. Benn and Whitney had two assists apiece while Eriksson delivered his first two-goal game of the season.

Dallas, which had scored just one even-strength goal in its previous four games, led 3-0 after one period thanks to goals from Erik Cole, Eric Nystrom and Eriksson. However, the score could easily have been 5-0 after 20 minutes as the Stars misfired on several other high-quality chances.

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