Dec 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National Hockey League games.
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Ducks 3, Blackhawks 2 (shootout)
Kyle Palmieri's goal in the shootout was the deciding factor as the Anaheim Ducks rallied for a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Nick Bonino also scored in the shootout for the Ducks while Chicago could muster only one goal by captain Jonathan Toews.
Anaheim (19-7-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and losses in three of their previous four. It was the Blackhawks' (20-6-5) third loss in a row, a season-high.
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Red Wings 3, Devils 1
Johan Franzen scored with 7:20 remaining in the third period to help lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Franzen's ninth goal of the season was scored from near the crease and was set up by linemates Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.
Centers Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar also scored for the Red Wings, who have won five of six since losing forward Pavel Datsyuk to a concussion.
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Blue Jackets 4, Wild 0
Goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 20 saves for his first shutout in nearly three years, leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-0 rout of the Minnesota Wild.
Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and R.J. Umberger scored, while Ryan Johansen had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have won back-to-back games by shutouts.
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Hurricanes 5, Sharks 3
Rookie center Elias Lindholm scored the go-ahead goal in the Carolina Hurricanes' four-goal third period as they rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the San Jose Sharks 5-3.
Lindholm found room near the crease to score the winning goal with six minutes to play, giving Carolina their season-best three-game winning streak.
The Sharks, who lost 5-1 on Thursday at Pittsburgh, have gone pointless in consecutive games for the first time this season.
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Avalanche 3, Flames 2
In a span of 54 seconds, the Colorado Avalanche shook off a rusty start and took control of the game en route to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames.
Down by a goal with time ticking away in the second period, Maxime Talbot provided the spark for the Avs, netting his team's first goal with two minutes remaining in the period, and then setting up PA Parenteau for the go-ahead goal less than a minute later.
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Canucks 3, Coyotes 2 (overtime)
Chris Higgins took advantage of a turnover by Phoenix center Mike Ribeiro and scored with a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 in overtime to give the Canucks a 3-2 win over the Coyotes.
The goal by the Canucks center salvaged two points after Vancouver gave up two third-period goals.
The Canucks won just once in their previous six home games (1-2-3) and giving up late third-period leads has been a common theme. (Editing by Peter Rutherford)