Blackhawks win shootout, lose Kane
CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks lost Patrick Kane to an injury in the first period and then blew a two-goal lead before escaping with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Jonathan Toews scored in regulation and the tiebreaker, helping Chicago stop a three-game losing streak. Kris Versteeg scored his 13th goal in the second period, and Scott Darling made 34 saves.
Toews went first in the shootout and beat Roberto Luongo with a backhand. After Darling stopped Vincent Trocheck, Patrick Sharp scored into the right side and Nick Bjugstad was unsuccessful on Florida's final chance to stay in the game.
Kane, tied for the NHL lead with 64 points coming into the day, was cross-checked into the boards by defenseman Alex Petrovic with 12:11 left in the first. Kane stayed down for a short time, and then appeared to be favoring his left side as he skated to the bench and went straight to the locker room.
The Blackhawks announced before the start of the second period that Kane would miss the rest of the game because of an upper-body injury.
•LEDDY LOCKED IN: The New York Islanders agreed to terms with Nick Leddy on a seven-year deal, keeping the 23-year-old defenseman away from restricted free agency. The contract is worth $38.5 million and will run through the 2021-22 season for the former Eden Prairie and Gophers star, who has eight goals and 17 assists this season.
•DUCKS, CANADIENS TRADE: The Montreal Canadiens dealt rookie Jiri Sekac to the Anaheim Ducks for Devante Smith-Pelly, a swap of wingers. Smith-Pelly has five goals and 12 assists in 54 games this season. Sekac, 22, has seven goals and nine assists in 50 games this year.
•NO. 500: Goalie Cam Ward was victorious in his 500th career game, which ended as a 4-1 victory for his host Hurricanes over the Flyers.
•KING RENEWED: Forward Jordan Nolan signed a three-year extension with the Los Angeles Kings. The 25-year-old Nolan has four goals this season in 36 games this season.
•ONE TO LACK: Eddie Lack stopped 40 shots, including 13 in the third period, to propel the visiting Canucks past the Bruins 2-1.
•STREAK STOPPED: Blake Wheeler's streak of 227 consecutive games played ended but the Jets got a 4-2 win over the visiting Stars.
•ENJOYING THE ROAD: The Canadiens set a franchise record with their ninth straight road win, a 5-2 win over the Blues.
•THIRD-PERIOD RUSH: The Islanders scored four goals in the final frame to break open a 1-1 tie and earn a 5-1 win over the visiting Coyotes.
•NO NASH, NO PROBLEM: The Rangers did just enough sans leading scorer Rick Nash (neck spasms) to secure the 1-0 win over the visiting Flames.
•GIRGENSONS PRESENCE FELT: Zemgus Girgensons had a goal and an assist before exiting with a leg injury to help the Blue Jackets to a 4-2 win over the visiting Sabres.