Published — Thursday 7 February 2013
Last update 7 February 2013 12:17 am
SAN JOSE, California: Patrick Kane scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal after a fight midway through the second period as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Tuesday in a matchup of the NHL’s top two teams.
Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger also scored for the Blackhawks, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to remain the only team yet to lose in regulation this season. Corey Crawford made 30 saves.
Joe Pavelski, Tommy Wingels and Michal Handzus scored for the Sharks, while Antti Niemi made 26 saves.
David Clarkson scored twice and set up New Jersey’s other goal as the Devils downed the New York Rangers 3-1 in their first meeting since last year’s Eastern Conference finals.
The Devils won that series in six games, and they still had the Rangers’ number in getting 24 saves from Martin Brodeur.
Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist had 19 saves.
James Neal gave Pittsburgh to an early lead, and Marc-Andre Fleury and the rest of the Penguins then held on to beat the Islanders.
The New York Islanders stormed back to avoid their second straight home shut out in a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pittsburgh took a 3-0 lead 1:44 into the third period with Brandon Sutter’s goal, before Michael Grabner sparked a New York comeback at 3:14, and Brad Boyes — moved up to the top line for this game — made it 3-2 just 35 seconds later when he flung a shot past Fleury, who was sprawled on the ice.
Defenseman Simon Despres added a second-period goal for Pittsburgh.
Pascal Dupuis finally put away the Islanders with an empty-net goal with 39 seconds left.
Los Angeles’ Mike Richards scored his first goal of the season and Jonathan Quick stopped 18 shots as the Kings downed the Blue Jackets 4-2.
Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Slava Voynov also scored while Justin Williams had three assists for the reigning Stanley Cup champions, who began the night 14th in the Western Conference with six points — two more than last-place Calgary and one fewer than Columbus.
Derick Brassard and Dereck MacKenzie had the Blue Jackets’ goals.
At Detroit, Jarome Iginla scored his first goal of the season and Dennis Wideman had a goal and an assist to lead the Calgary Flames past the Detroit Red Wings 4-1.
Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary, while Miikka Kiprusoff made 19 saves before being replaced by Leland Irving to start the third period because of a lower-body injury. Irving stopped six shots.
Johan Franzen scored for Detroit and Jimmy Howard made 19 saves.
Philadelphia’s Tom Sestito scored his first two goals in three years to lead the Flyers over the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1, while Chris Neil scored in the second period and Craig Anderson made 20 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators past the Buffalo Sabres 4-3.
In other games, the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Washington Capitals 3-2, the Nashville Predators downed the St. Louis Blues 6-1 and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in overtime.