Ice Hockey - Blackhawks plough on with late win

Daniel Carcillo scored his first goal of the season to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

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Daniel Carcillo #13 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his game-winning goal against the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center (AFP)

Blackhawks 3, Avalanche 2

Carcillo swooped with just 50 seconds remaining in front of 21,531 at United Center to give the Blackhawks another victory.

After two attempts at scoring in front of the Avalanche net by Viktor Stalberg, the third time was the charm for Carcillo, who grabbed the rebound off Stalberg's second shot and then almost effortlessly slipped the puck past Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov for the game-winner.

Chicago continued their unbeaten string in regulation play, improving to 21-0-3, topping in the NHL, with a league-best 45 points. The Blackhawks have reached the halfway point of the lockout-shortened 48-game schedule without a loss in regulation.

Chicago are second in NHL history for the longest point streak, at 30 games. The league record is 35 (Philadelphia Flyers, 1979-80).

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Maple Leafs 5, Senators 4

James van Riemsdyk picked up his team-leading 13th goal of the season, and Phil Kessel chipped in with a goal and two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-4 at the Air Canada Centre.

Toronto (15-9-0) extended their winning streak to three games, while Ottawa (12-8-4) fell to 0-2-2 on their current five-game road trip.

The game started on a subdued note. Twenty-six seconds in, Toronto's Frazer McLaren and Ottawa's Dave Dziurzynski dropped the gloves just inside the Maple Leafs' blue line. McLaren knocked out Dziurzynski mid-fight, and the Senators rookie fell to the ice face first and lay motionless for a few moments before Ottawa's training staff was able to help him off the ice.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson made it 5-3 and Colin Greening got the Senators to within one with under two minutes remaining, but even with the goaltender pulled Ottawa could not find the equaliser.

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Flames 4, Sharks 1

Blake Comeau broke his 24 game scoring slump as the Calgary Flames claimed a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Comeau, the oft-maligned player who had just one tally in his last 40 games, broke a deadlock early in the third period by ripping a shot past goaltender Thomas Greiss as he went down the wing, electing to shoot on a two-on-one rush.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla added some much-needed insurance less than two minutes later, with his sixth goal in five outings.

Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made a triumphant return to action after missing four weeks due to a sprained knee ligament suffered February 5, stopping 32 shots including a dandy on San Jose's Patrick Marleau late in the third period.

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Ducks 2, Coyotes 0

Right wing Corey Perry's goal in the first period and an empty net score by center Ryan Getzlaf lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at the Honda Center.

The victory allowed the Pacific Division-leading Ducks to extend their home winning streak to nine games. They haven't lost in Anaheim since Vancouver recorded a 5-0 decision in the Ducks' home opener January 26.

Defence dictated the outcome in this contest. After combining for 18 goals in their past two games, both clubs struggled to generate offense.

Perry, though, broke the ice with a goal early in the first and then Getzlaf, the Ducks' scoring leader with 27 points, who had a goal and an assist, scored with only 20.3 seconds remaining.

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