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Stellar Rask shuts out Chicago, Bruins lead 2-1

By Steve Keating BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston netminder Tuukka Rask collected the shutout but had to share the spotlight with team mate Dan Paille as the Bruins blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Monday to take control of the Stanley Cup Final. Rask has been center stage throughout the Final while Paille has gone from role player to leading man after scoring the overtime winner in Game Two and finding the Chicago net again on Monday as Boston grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Bruins 2, Blackhawks 0

Bruins 2, Blackhawks 0: Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for his third shutout of the postseason while Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron scored second-period goals as host Boston took a 2-1 lead over Chicago in the Stanley Cup final.

Blackhawks 3, Kings 2

Blackhawks 3, Kings 2: Marian Hossa scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as top-seeded Chicago moved within one victory of reaching the Stanley Cup final by handing defending champion Los Angeles its first home loss of the postseason.

NHL: Hossa nets winner as Blackhawks down Kings

Marian Hossa scored early in the third period Thursday to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, pushing the reigning NHL champions to the brink of playoff elimination. Chicago became the first team in this post-season to beat the Kings on their home ice, and in doing so took a 3-1 stranglehold on the best-of-seven Western Conference championship series. The winner of the series will face either Boston or Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup finals. The Kings took the lead twice only to see Chicago equalize.

NHL: Sharks fined $100,000 for exec's comments on Torres

The National Hockey League fined the San Jose Sharks $100,000 on Saturday for general manager Doug Wilson's comments on the suspension of Sharks forward Raffi Torres. The fine was issued for violation of league rules which prohibit statements to the media during the 48-hour period following a disciplinary decision. In addition to an automatic penalty of $25,000, the Sharks were fined an additional $75,000 due to the "inappropriate nature" of Wilson's remarks, the league said.

NHL: Senators, Blackhawks advance in playoffs

Cory Conacher scored twice and Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots Thursday as the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-1 to reach the second round of the NHL playoffs. The victory gave the Senators a 4-1 triumph in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. Erik Condra notched a goal and two assists for Ottawa, which reached the second round for the first time since it advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007. Kyle Turris, Zack Smith and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Ottawa.

Preview: Wild at Blackhawks

The top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks got the result they wanted to open their Western Conference first-round series against the eighth-seeded Minnesota Wild, but the game was full of surprises. Chicago will try for a more conventional victory when it hosts the Wild in Game 2 on Friday. Bryan Bickell scored the overtime winner in Game 1 on Tuesday, beating surprise Minnesota starter Josh Harding with a backhand shot.

NHL: Blackhawks win, stretch historic streak to 22 games

It took an equalizer from Patrick Kane with 2:02 to play in regulation time but the Chicago Blackhawks stretched their record-best National Hockey League season start to 22 games on Sunday. Another goal by Kane in the game-deciding shootout gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over host Detroit as Chicago improved to 19-0-3, earning points in every game at the start of a season longer than any club in NHL history.

NHL: Hawks rally to beat Oilers, extend streak

Slovakia's Marian Hossa scored 1:44 into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks extended their record for the best start in NHL history by beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Monday. Swedish forward Viktor Stalberg and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, who are riding a league record of 19 straight games with at least a point (16-0-3) to open the season. The Anaheim Ducks held the previous record of 16 games to begin the 2006-07 season.

NHL-Hansen slapped with one-game ban for aggressive hit

Feb 20 (Reuters) - Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen was suspended for one game without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for an aggressive hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa the previous day. Hansen delivered a forearm to the back of Hossa's head during the third period of Chicago's 4-3 shootout victory that left the Blackhawks winger flat out on the ice before he returned to the locker room for the remainder of the game. Hansen was assessed a minor penalty for roughing.
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