CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks knew their Friday night game with the Anaheim Ducks was a marquee matchup, and they came out ready.
Marian Hossa scored two goals, and Kris Versteeg and Bryan Bickell also tallied to lead Chicago past Anaheim 4-2 to end the Ducks’ eight-game winning streak and hand them only their second loss in the past 20 games.
Despite scuffling along at 1-1-3 in its past five games, defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago entered the game with the NHL’s second-best point total.
And through most of the showdown against league-leading Anaheim, the Blackhawks were a step quicker and more determined physically.
“We knew we’d be facing the hottest team in the league,” Hossa said. “We knew we had to stop them somehow.
“We got scored on the last few minutes, but we still got the two points, which is important.”
Blue Jackets 5, Capitals 1
In Columbus, Cam Atkinson scored two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky continued his hot streak to lead the Blue Jackets past Washington for their fifth straight victory.
The Capitals, who got a goal from John Carlson, have lost four in a row and 11 of 15.