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Sharp hat trick leads Blackhawks past Devils 5-3

January 4, 2014

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Patrick Sharp scored three goals to help the Chicago Blackhawks avoid a rare second straight loss with a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the NHL on Friday night.

Sharp, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa scored in a span of 4:04 early in the third period to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead. Sharp added his 25th of the season and capped his hat trick with less than 2 minutes to play after New Jersey had pulled to 4-3.

Duncan Keith had three assists and fellow defenseman Brent Seabrook two in the four-goal third period against Martin Brodeur. Antti Raanta made 24 saves for Chicago.

The defending Stanley Cup champions lost in overtime to the Islanders on Thursday.

Elsewhere in the NHL, Sidney Crosby scored his 23rd goal and added two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 5-2 for their 11th straight home win.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves, and Jussi Jokinen and Chris Kunitz each scored twice for the Penguins, who won for the 10th time in their last 12 meetings with the Rangers.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma earned his 231st victory, leaving him one shy of Eddie Johnson’s franchise record.

The Anaheim Ducks got two goals from Ben Lovejoy in the first period en route to a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, their 12th victory in 13 games.

Jonas Hiller made 16 saves in his 10th consecutive victory, while Kyle Palmieri, Tim Jackman and Andrew Cogliano added goals for the Ducks.

Anaheim improved to 16-0-2 at home this season and remained one point behind Chicago for the overall NHL lead.

Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop made 19 saves in his fourth shutout of the season to send the Lightning to a 2-0 victory over the struggling Calgary Flames.

Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning, who moved within two points of first-place Boston in the Atlantic Division.

Calgary has one goal — by rookie Sean Monahan — in the last 245 minutes, 5 seconds.

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