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Blackhawks beat skidding Canucks 3-2 to clinch playoff spot

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Andrew Ladd scored the go-ahead goal with 2:27 left in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks clinched their eighth straight playoff berth with a 3-2 victory over the skidding Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Jonathan Toews stickhandled into the Canucks zone before dropping a pass in the high slot to Ladd, who fired in a one-timer for his 23rd goal this season and sixth in 13 games with Chicago.

Ladd was coming off a three-point night against Calgary on Saturday in which he scored two goals and added an assist.

Trevor van Riemsdyk had two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Tomas Fleischmann and Teuvo Teravainen also scored to help the Blackhawks improve to 44-25-7.

Alex Burrows and Sven Baertschi scored for the Canucks, who have managed only seven goals during their eight-game losing streak. Emerson Etem had two assists.

Top moments from Chicago Blackhawks’ 12-game winning streak

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Back on December 27th the Chicago Blackhawks were sitting in the middle of the Central Division after a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

This is the last time the Blackhawks have had to endure the sour taste of defeat.

Joel Quenneville’s club has rocketed to the top of the Western Conference thanks to a 12-game winning streak and here are the top moments from this incredible run.

4.) Rookie Artemi Panarin’s game-winning goal in overtime

The Blackhawks streak almost came to an end in Pittsburgh as the team squandered a two goal lead, but Panarin came through in the clutch by beating Marc-Andre Fleury.

3.) Corey Crawford takes over league lead in shutouts

Crawford started off 2016 much like he ended by 2015, in dominating fashion. Crawford earned his sixth shutout of the season with a 3-0 victory over the Senators.

2.) Patrick Kane records his first career regular season hat trick

While it might seem a bit ridiculous, Patrick Kane hadn’t recorded a regular season hat trick until he buried three goals against the Maple Leafs to extend Chicago’s winning streak to 10 games.

1.) Quenneville passes Al Arbour for second place in NHL victories

Jonathan Toews and Ryan Garbutt scored a pair of first period goals that gave Crawford the cushion he needed as the Blackhawks defeated the Canadiens 2-1.

Late goal by Jesper Fast gives Rangers 2-1 win over Bruins

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NEW YORK (AP) Jesper Fast scored on a deflection in front with 1:42 to play and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Monday night.

Derick Brassard also scored in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, including a highlight-reel stop on Max Talbot, as the Rangers beat the Bruins for only the fourth time in 12 meetings (4-8).

Jimmy Hayes scored for the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask had 28 saves. Boston is 2-6-1 in its last nine games.

It marked the first time this season the Rangers overcame a deficit at the start of the third period and won in regulation. They were 0-11-2 entering the game.

Lundqvist kept the game tied with a magnificent save on Talbot shortly after Brassard evened the score early in the third.

With the goalie out of position after a shot in front, the puck came to Talbot to the left of a wide-open net. Lundqvist slid back with his pad on the ice and then lifted his leg to make a pad save as Talbot elevated the puck.

Fast got the game-winner by deflecting a point shot from defenseman Keith Yandle.

The Rangers needed only 35 seconds to wipe out a 1-0 deficit entering the third period. The big move was made by coach Alain Vigneault, who put Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash back on the same line.

New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh worked the puck along the left boards and shoveled it to Zuccarello. He worked his way toward the net and flipped the puck to the crease past Rask and defenseman Torey Krug to a wide-open Brassard for his 15th goal.

Hayes, who was playing against his brother, Kevin, for the fifth time, gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 9:04 of the second period with a 40-shot snap shot to the corner of the net that simply beat a stunned Lundqvist.

The Bruins probably deserved a bigger lead. Ryan Spooner clanged a shot off the post on a first-period breakaway, and Bret Connolly rang another shot off the post late in the second period when Boston kept the puck in the Rangers end for almost the final 2 minutes.

Lundqvist, making his ninth consecutive start, became the first Rangers goalie to record 20,000 career saves.

NOTES: Rangers D Dan Girardi left with a lacerated hand in the second period and did not return. … With Chris Kreider returning to the lineup after missing two games with a cut hand, rookie Oscar Lindberg was a healthy scratch for the second time this season. … The game was Boston’s third on a five-game road trip, with the final two stops in Philadelphia and Buffalo. … The Rangers play their next three on the road against the Islanders, Flyers and Capitals. … Krug played in his 200th NHL game, while fellow Bruins D Adam McQuaid missed his third straight with an upper-body injury.

This story has been corrected to reflect that the Rangers are 4-8 in their last 12 games against the Bruins.