ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks won their fifth game in a row Sunday while the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings also had victories to keep post-season hopes alive in their conferences.
Corey Crawford stopped 30 shots and Chicago got goals from Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa for a 2-0 win over St. Louis. The Blackhawks lead the NHL with 68 points and are 3-1 this season against the Blues, all with Crawford in net.
The Blues rarely tested Crawford until the third period and lost their second straight in front of a standing room crowd of 19,385 that had a healthy contingent of Blackhawks fans.
At Buffalo, New York, Jhonas Enroth stopped 32 shots to help the Sabres maintain their late-season playoff push with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tyler Ennis got his first goal in 12 games, and Jochen Hecht and Kevin Porter also scored for Buffalo, which took over sole possession of 10th place in the Eastern Conference — four points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers.
Benoit Pouliot scored for the Lightning.
Henrik Zetterberg scored in the second period at Nashville, helping Detroit gain two crucial points in its chase to extend its streak of playoff berths with a 3-0 win over the Predators.
The Red Wings got their first win in four games, the last two shootout losses, and moved into sole possession of eighth in the Western Conference — two points ahead of Dallas and Columbus. Johan Franzen also scored, and Justin Abdelkader added an empty-net goal. Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for his third shutout this season.