Toews, Kane do their thing
PITTSBURGH — With a couple of flicks of the wrist, the Blackhawks headed into the NHL All-Star break with momentum.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane beat Marc-Andre Fleury in a shootout to lift Chicago to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Chicago improved to 8-2 in games decided after regulation when Toews beat Fleury between the legs, and Kane with a wrist shot over Fleury's blocker.
"We have great confidence," Toews said. "Our goaltender can make stops, and we have shooters who like to be in that situation. We like our odds given the circumstance."
Said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville: "It was a tough game. You find when you win these types of games, it makes you a good team."
•AVS EDGE BRUINS IN SHOOTUT: Ryan O'Reilly tied it with 1:45 left in the third period and Nathan MacKinnon scored the only goal of the shootout, giving the Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Bruins in Denver.
•DUCKS FLYING HIGH: Ben Lovejoy had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 30 saves, and the host Ducks headed into the break on a five-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory over the Flames. Calgary's four-game winning streak ended.
•JETS ROLL ON: Jets rookie Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves, and Winnipeg stretched its winning streak to a season-high five games with a 4-0 victory over visiting Columbus. Winnipeg scored on its first two shots, with Blake Wheeler netting his 13th at 1:08, and Evander Kane adding his 10th at 6:06.
•KARLSSON LIFTS SENATORS: Erik Karlsson scored two goals to lead the Senators to a 4-3 victory over the struggling Maple Leafs in Ottawa. Toronto heads into the All-Star break on a six-game skid.
•NOTHING ELSE MATTERS IN SAN JOSE: For years, the Sharks have come out to the ice each home game to the Metallica song "Seek and Destroy." On Wednesday night, the band was on hand for it. The Sharks held a special Metallica night for their game against the Kings, a 4-2 San Jose victory. "This is an honor to be able to keep it local," lead singer James Hetfield said. "We love that. The fact that we're considered a mainstay of this area and obviously the Sharks are as well."
•BIEKSA BREAKS HAND: Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa will be out of the lineup indefinitely because of a broken hand that will require surgery to repair.