Blackhawks Edge Past Avalanche
Flames lick the Kings 6-1, Hurricanes dismantle the Oilers 7-2
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2008 6:15 AM CST
Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal (12) is congratulated by team-mates after his hat-trick goal against the Edmonton Oilers' during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Jan. 18,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After one early goal off 23 attempts for both the Blackhawks and Avalanche, three scoreless periods called for a shootout. Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado, but Robert Lang and Patrick Kane both got past Jose Theodore to secure Chicago's 2-1 victory, AP reports. In other, much more lopsided NHL games:

  • Los Angeles had been on a three-game win streak, but it was their NHL-worst record that showed through last night in a crushing 6-1 defeat in Calgary.
  • Eric Staal built his hat trick all in the third period of Carolina's landslide 7-2 win over Edmonton, pushing the Hurricanes to the top of the SE Division.