Jan 19 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Hockey League games
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Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2 (shootout)
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane broke a nine-game scoring drought with the game-winner as the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout.
Kane's goal, his first since Dec. 28, was the deciding tally after team mate Jonathan Toews and Bruins left wing Brad Marchand had tallied for each side in the shootout.
Boston centers Ryan Spooner and Patrice Bergeron missed their shootout attempts, as did Chicago forward Patrick Sharp.
It was the first meeting between the teams since last season's Stanley Cup finals.
After losing six of 10 games, Chicago (32-8-11) has now won three of the last four. Boston, meanwhile, fell to 30-15-3 for the season.
Marchand also scored two regulation goals for the Bruins while Marian Hossa and Brandon Bollig tallied for the Blackhawks.
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Lightning 5, Hurricanes 3
Defenseman Mark Barberio's first two career goals provided the Tampa Bay Lightning with extra offense in a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Lightning struck for three first-period goals, including twice in the opening eight minutes, en route to only its second victory in a five-game span.
Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Teddy Purcell also scored for Tampa Bay, which raced out to a 4-0 lead.
Alexander Semin, Eric Staal and defenseman Ron Hainsey provided Carolina's goals.
Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop stopped a career-high 48 shots. The Lightning (29-16-5) needed only 24 shots on goal.
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Rangers 4, Capitals 1
The New York Rangers moved into sole possession of second place in the Metropolitan Division after knocking off the Washington Capitals.
New York (27-21-3) now has 57 points and is two ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the division.
The Rangers received two goals from left winger Rick Nash and used a three-goal first-period barrage, two from Nash and one from center Derek Stepan, to silence the Capitals.
Alex Ovechkin's league-leading 35th goal cut the Rangers' lead to 3-1 just 59 seconds into the second period, but they would get no closer.
Washington (22-19-8) is 0-3-2 in its last five outings. (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)