CHICAGO (AP) Cam Atkinson scored twice in Columbus’ four-goal first period and added an empty-net goal in the final minute for his second career hat trick to help the Blue Jackets win their fifth straight game, 5-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.
Ryan Johansen and Kevin Connauton also connected for the Blue Jackets. They set a team record with their seventh consecutive road victory and have won eight of nine overall.
Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago, which dropped its second straight.
Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford was pulled with 3:14 left in the first period after allowing four goals on 13 shots. Scott Darling finished, and stopped all 13 shots he faced.
WILD 4, FLAMES 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu scored early in a three-goal third period and Minnesota pulled away to Calgary.
Matt Dumba and Zach Parise also scored for Minnesota, which pulled within a point of Chicago for third place in the Central Division and one point up on Winnipeg for the top wild-card spot. The Wild have won four in row and six of seven.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 23 shots. He made his 33rd consecutive start since joining Minnesota and 34th overall, tying Antti Niemi for the most consecutive starts in the NHL since 2010-11.
Josh Jooris and Markus Granlund scored for Calgary.
OILERS 4, STARS 0
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Richard Bachman made 29 saves for his second NHL shutout and Edmonton beat Dallas.
Jordan Eberle, Derek Roy, Benoit Pouliot and Andrew Miller scored to help the Oilers win their second straight game.
Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves for the Stars. They had won four in a row.
Dallas remained eight points behind Winnipeg for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, with just seven games left.