The Journal Gazette
Monday, January 08, 2018 1:00 am


Blackhawks keep Oilers reeling

Associated Press

CHICAGO – The first regulation win of Anton Forsberg's career was a big one for the goaltender and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Forsberg made 32 saves, Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat scored in the first period, and the Blackhawks beat the slumping Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Sunday.

Brandon Saad and Jordan Oesterle also scored for Chicago (20-15-6), which got its first home win since a 4-1 victory against Minnesota on Dec. 17. Jonathan Toews extended his point streak to four games. Edmonton (18-22-3) has dropped six of seven.

Forsberg got his second win in just his 10th start of his first season in Chicago.

“Obviously every goalie wants to play as much as possible, and I'm not any different there,” Forsberg said. “I don't think it's any different now.”

LIGHTNING 5, RED WINGS 2: In Detroit, Dan Girardi scored and assisted on a goal in the first period before blocking a shot above the shoulders in the second period and leaving Tampa Bay's victory.

Girardi turned his head to the left when Detroit's Martin Frk took a shot on a power play and the puck appeared to hit the defenseman in the neck. He lay face down on the ice while a doctor evaluated him. He was eventually able to sit up. Girardi later skated slowly off the ice with teammates at his side and walked toward the dressing room.

Girardi did not return, but the team said initial reports were he was OK.

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