Hot News on Ice!
(AP) — Just one point separates the Chicago Blackhawks from the first-place Minnesota Wild in the NHL's Central Division and Western Conference races.
The Hawks picked up their fourth straight win as Artem Anisimov scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:20 left in a 4-2 verdict over St. Louis. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which won for the ninth time in 10 games and dealt the Blues their third consecutive loss.
The Blackhawks were six points behind Minnesota on Feb. 1 before their 10-game hot streak.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg each scored twice as the Blue Jackets posted a 5-2 win over the Rangers to pull within six points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots and tied a career high with his 32nd win. New York remains seven points behind Washington.
— Ottawa's 2-1 win at Florida leaves the Senators just two points behind the Atlantic-leading Canadiens. Craig Anderson made 37 saves and blanked the Panthers after Jonathan Marchessault scored a power-play goal late in the first period. Kyle Turris broke a 1-1 tie midway through the second period.
— Filip Forsberg notched his eighth goal in four games and Viktor Arvidsson snapped a 4-4 tie in the third period of Nashville's third straight win, 5-4 over Edmonton. James Neal had three assists to back Pekka Rinne, who stopped 28 shots in beating the Oilers for the ninth straight time. Edmonton remains five points behind the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks.
— Calgary is 5-0-1 in its last six after Johnny Gaudreau's two goals and one assist powered the Flames past Carolina, 3-1. Micheal Ferland also scored and Brian Elliott stopped 34 shots to help the Flames move five points ahead of ninth-place Los Angeles in the West.
— Patrice Bergeron scored twice and added an assist to lead Boston to a 6-3 win over Dallas. Brad Marchand contributed a goal and two assists to help the Bruins improve to 6-1 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. Boston is third in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of Toronto.
— Radim Vrbata's goal with 19 seconds left capped Arizona's three-goal third period in a 3-2 comeback win against Buffalo. Max Domi and Jamie McGinn also scored after Evan Rodrigues put the Sabres ahead 2-0 midway through the second period.
Kings get Quick, Wild acquire Hanzal
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL trade deadline isn't until Wednesday, but the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild aren't waiting that long to bolster their teams.
The Kings have landed another netminder to go with Jonathan Quick, getting Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay on Sunday for goalie Peter Budaj and the rights to junior defenseman Erik Cernak. The deal also includes a swap of draft picks.
Bishop is 16-12-3 with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage this season.
Meanwhile, the Wild have acquired center Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes also receive a 2017 first-round pick, a 2018 second-round pick, a conditional 2019 fourth-round pick and minor leaguer Grayson Downing. Forward Ryan White and a 2017 fourth-round pick go to Minnesota as part of the package.
Hanzal has 16 goals and 26 points in 51 games this season, making him one of the top rental players available ahead of the trade deadline. The 30-year-old Hanzal can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.