CHICAGO – Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots for his second shutout this season, backstopping the Blackhawks to a physical 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night that gave Chicago coach Joel Quenneville his 700th NHL win.
It was a costly victory for the Blackhawks, though. Leading scorer Patrick Kane left the game at 7:56 of the second period, favoring his left leg as he headed to the dressing room following a collision with Brenden Morrow.
Kane is expected to miss about three weeks, Quenneville said.
Duncan Keith, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith scored as Chicago ended the league-leading Blues’ nine-game point streak (8-0-1).
Crawford earned his 10th career shutout.
LIGHTNING 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3: In Toronto, Steven Stamkos had a natural hat trick and Tampa Bay beat Toronto in a game that included a frightening injury to Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger.
Ranger left the ice on a stretcher after his head hit the boards following a first-period hit from Alex Killorn. He was stable, conscious and alert, according to the Maple Leafs, after being taken to the hospital for what the team called a precautionary assessment.
JETS 5, AVALANCHE 4, OT: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Blake Wheeler scored in overtime on a shot through the crowd to give Winnipeg the win.