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'Hawks G Crawford to return vs. Coyotes

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CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will start Thursday night against Arizona in his first game since he missed most of last season because of a concussion.

Coach Joel Quenneville confirmed Crawford's return at the team's morning skate. Rookie forward Luke Johnson was assigned to Rockford of the American Hockey League, leaving three goaltenders on Chicago's roster.

It's the first game for Crawford since Dec. 23.


Murray stops 38, Pens end Leafs' run 3-0

TORONTO (AP) Matt Murray made 38 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped the Toronto Maple Leafs' winning streak at five games with a stifling 3-0 victory Thursday night.

Evgeni Malkin had two goals and an assist, scoring early and adding an empty-net goal. Kris Letang also had an empty-netter, and Sidney Crosby picked up an assist to tie Darryl Sittler for 60th on the NHL's career points list with 1,221.


Stamkos ends drought, Wings stay winless

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the season, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Thursday night.

Stamkos ended a 16-game regular-season goal drought dating to last season from the slot with 4:41 left in the second. The goal gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead.


Landeskog scores 3 as Devils lose first

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Gabriel Landeskog scored three goals, the last of which put Colorado ahead with 3:22 remaining, and the Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 on Thursday night.

Landeskog completed his third career hat trick with a one-timer off a pass by Mikko Rantanen from behind the net. He also scored earlier in the third period on a deflection of a shot by Ian Cole.


Atkinson's 2 goals get Jackets by Flyers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets had four days to stew after being pounded by Tampa Bay on the road last weekend. In the first period against Philadelphia on Thursday night, they didn't look much better.

But the Blue Jackets shook off the malaise and used a three-goal flurry in the second period to speed past the Flyers on the way to a 6-3 victory on Thursday night.


Kings C Kopitar out with illness

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar sat out the Kings' game Thursday night against the New York Islanders because of illness.

Kopitar has two goals in the Kings' first six games and is tied for the team lead with Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Iafallo.


Ducks beat Isles to improve to 5-1-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Some comebacks are routine, others a tad more daunting. The latter applies to Ryan Kesler.

Kesler, sidelined almost half of last season and the first couple of games this year after hip surgery, hinted at returning to form Wednesday night, scoring twice in the Anaheim Ducks' 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders.


Ovechkin scores 2 as Caps edge Rangers

WASHINGTON (AP) It takes something special for a shot by Alex Ovechkin to surprise a goaltender.

That's exactly what happened to Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday night when Ovechkin scored the first of two power-play goals to help the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime.


Gallagher's late goal gets Habs by Blues

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens are leaving teams behind - and trying not to get too far ahead of themselves.

Brendan Gallagher scored with 11 seconds left to give the Montreal Canadiens their third straight victory, 3-2 over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.


Frolik has 2 goals as Flames beat Bruins

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Michael Frolik went from healthy scratch to catalyst for the Calgary Flames.

Frolik scored two goals to lead the Flames to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.