NHL Wrap: Blackhawks stay hot, top Predators

NHL Wrap: Blackhawks stay hot, top Predators
December 18, 2013, 12:45 am
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The Blackhawks have won five of their last six games. (USA Today Images)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith were too much for the Nashville Predators.

Keith scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Blackhawks to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Kane and Nick Leddy also scored for Chicago, which has won five of six (see full recap).

Ducks win sixth straight
DETROIT -- The Anaheim Ducks used a fast start to stay on a roll.

Sami Vatanen had a goal and an assist and Anaheim used a four-goal first period to extend their winning streak to six games with a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Detroit's Tomas Jurco got his first NHL goal 3:15 into the game but Jacob Silfverberg tied it just 25 seconds later and Nick Bonino gave the Ducks the lead for good at 5:29 (see full recap).

Wild snap Canucks' streak
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Roberto Luongo was a lot better in Minnesota than he'd been in the past. Still, he wasn't quite good enough to extend Vancouver's seven-game winning streak.

Jason Pominville slipped a shot past Luongo's glove in the third round of a shootout to lift the Wild to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night, the first loss by the Canucks this month.

Luongo made 30 saves, including 14 in the third period and overtime, and stopped Zach Parise to open the shootout. Mikko Koivu, who had two assists for a team-high 20 this season, hit the crossbar with his shot before Pominville scored. Ryan Kesler's last-chance attempt for Vancouver sailed wide right after Josh Harding stopped shots by Mike Santorelli and Chris Higgins (see full recap).

Iginla, Bruins top Flames
BOSTON -- With the emotions and hoopla of playing against his former team now a week and some 2,500 miles behind him, Jarome Iginla felt more relaxed facing Calgary again.

Iginla assisted on Zdeno Chara's two power-play goals, which were all the Boston Bruins needed in a 2-0 shutout of the Flames on Tuesday night.

David Krejci also had two assists and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the Bruins, who beat the Flames a week before in Iginla's first game as an opponent against Calgary. Iginla received a warm welcome back, but did not register a point in Boston's 2-1 win against the team he captained for nine of his 16 seasons with the Flames (see full recap).