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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks finally got to celebrate Wednesday night.It had been a while.Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists [url=http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-martin-frk-jersey]Martin Frk Jersey[/url] , and Chicago stopped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.“I think we played a winning style tonight,” coach Jeremy Colliton said. “Direct, hard-nosed. Hopefully that’ll turn into more points.“So nice to see them get rewarded, because we played really hard in some other games and didn’t come out with a point.”Marcus Kruger, Brent Seabrook, Andreas Martinsen, Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist in Chicago’s first win since Nov. 24 at Florida. Alex DeBrincat scored a power-play goal.Toews became the 16th active player to reach 700 career points with the same franchise. He assisted on Saad’s empty-netter for his 701st point.Kruger snapped a 3-all tie when he beat Casey DeSmith from the front of the crease 3:49 into the third period. Martinsen set up Kruger’s fourth goal of the season with a centering pass from below the goal line.Toews also had an empty-netter before Saad made it 6-3 with his ninth goal at 19:39.“It’s a relief, but it’s definitely just a good feeling,” Toews said. “The guys have something to celebrate, something to enjoy. It’s something we’ve got to be aware of and build off.”Bryan Rust scored three times for Pittsburgh in his second career hat trick. The 26-year-old forward [url=http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-mike-green-jersey]http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-mike-green-jersey[/url] , who entered with one goal in 29 games this season, missed on several other prime chances.“He had a great night,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “I thought he worked hard for all of his opportunities. He was one of the guys that we had that was skating, that was on the puck, that was playing the game on his toes.”Sullivan said many of his other players didn’t have the same level of “jump” Rust did.“We scratch and claw and get ourselves back in the game,” Sullivan said. “It’s disappointing we didn’t find a way to win.“It’s a missed opportunity from our standpoint.”The Penguins entered 3-0-1 in their previous four and 6-2-2 in their last 10.Corey Crawford made 40 saves for last-place Chicago. DeSmith blocked 23 shots in his sixth straight start and 10th in the last 12 games.Matt Murray, who started the season as Pittsburgh’s No. 1 goalie, was activated from injured reserve and served as DeSmith’s backup. Murray missed 11 games with a lower-body injury.The Blackhawks shook up their roster on Wednesday morning by recalling forward Dylan Sikura and defenseman Carl Dahlstrom from Rockford of the AHL and sending forward Alexandre Fortin to the minors. Sikura and Dahlstrom played.Chicago is 4-12-2 under Colliton, who replaced Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6.The Blackhawks opened the scoring for the first time since Nov. 18 and led 2-1 after one period. Opponents had scored first in Chicago’s last 11 games, outscoring the Blackhawks 25-5 in the first period during that span.“We got a better start [url=http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-nick-jensen-jersey]Womens Nick Jensen Jersey[/url] , which is obviously a huge issue with our game the last little while,” Toews said. “We sustained the effort even when they had spurts and they played hard.”Martinsen skated across the crease and was credited with his first goal of the season when Dahlstrom’s shot deflected in off his back at 14:14.Seabrook put Chicago ahead 2-0 3:37 later when he fired a shot from the right point over DeSmith’s glove.Rust cut it to 2-1 with 1:20 left in the first when he skated from the left corner and beat Crawford on the glove side.Rust’s second goal, at 5:46 of the second, tied it at 2. After Seabrook’s turnover, Crawford made a pad save on Derek Grant’s drive from the slot, but Rust buried the rebound.DeBrincat’s power-play goal with 4:32 left in the period regained the lead for Chicago. He skated around Olli Maatta and beat DeSmith on the stick side with a shot just under the crossbar.Rust tied it at 3 with 56.8 seconds left when his cross-ice pass from the left side of the net deflected off Seabrook’s stick and past Crawford.NOTES: Rust has 37 goals in 211 career games. He scored three times against Ottawa in December 2016. … Seabrook played in his 1,037th NHL game to move past Bobby Hull and into second place in games played as a Blackhawk. Stan Mikita leads with 1,396. … Pittsburgh G Tristan Jarry was returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL to make room for Murray, who practiced Tuesday and participated in the game-day skate Wednesday. “We thought we’d get him a good solid workout again today and then engage him over the next couple of games here,” coach Mike Sullivan said. … Pittsburgh F Matt Cullen returned after missing 11 games with a lower-body injury. … Chicago C Artem Anisimov was placed on injured reserve (concussion protocol) retroactive to Dec. 9 [url=http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-thomas-vanek-jersey]Thomas Vanek Jersey[/url] , when he left a 3-2 loss to Montreal in the third period. … Blackhawks D Erik Gustafsson (illness) missed his second game, while Penguins F Patric Hornqvist (upper body) missed his third.UP NEXTPenguins: Host Boston on Friday to open three-game homestand over four days.Blackhawks: Host Winnipeg on Friday. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Bill Peters has not been able to lead the Carolina Hurricanes back to the NHL playoffs and after coming up short following his fourth season with the club, announced Friday that he is resigning.”I feel like this is a good time to move on,” Peters said in a statement issued by the team, ”and I am looking forward to my next challenge.”Peters went 137-138-53 in his lone head coaching job in the NHL. He had one season left on the contract extension he signed in 2016.New team owner Tom Dundon said he has ”a lot of respect for Bill as a person and coach.”The move leaves the Hurricanes looking for a new general manager and head coach. Hall of Fame player Ron Francis was reassigned to another front-office position during the season.”I feel the incoming general manager should have the ability to hire his own head coach,” said Peters, who was hired by Francis in 2014.The 53-year-old Peters figures to be a candidate for other openings around the league – including a team in his home province.The Calgary Flames fired Glen Gulutzan earlier this week after missing the playoffs in his second season. Peters is a native of Three Hills, Alberta, who played college hockey in that province at Red Deer College under coach Mike Babcock – who eventually hired him as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings.Peters left the Red Wings’ staff four years ago to take his first NHL head coaching job with Carolina [url=http://www.officialbluejackets.com/authentic-adidas-nick-foligno-jersey]Nick Foligno Jersey[/url] , but was unable to end the team’s playoff drought, which at nine years is one of the longest in NHL history.The Hurricanes have made the postseason just once since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, and just twice in 15 seasons. This will be their third coaching change since their last playoff appearance in 2009.Expected to be a playoff team this season, Carolina finished 14 points out of a postseason spot and in sixth place in the eight-team Metropolitan Division.There’s been plenty of change over the past four months for the Hurricanes, who will have turnover in three key spots on the organizational roster.Longtime owner Peter Karmanos Jr. sold the majority interest in the team to Dundon in January, and the Dallas billionaire shook things up when he reassigned Francis to the role of president of hockey operations. The new GM will report directly to Dundon.Peters’ frustration became evident following a critical 3-1 loss to San Jose in February that cost them a chance to move into playoff position. After that game, Peters called his team out, repeatedly using the word ”disappointing” while promising lineup changes that ultimately never came.—
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