Hawks hold off Bruins, Toews hurt with Seidenberg cheap shot.

BOSTON—The Boston Bruins got their captain back on the ice for the first time in seven weeks.The Blackhawks lost theirs, and they hope he won’t be gone much at all.The Blackhawks beat the Bruins 3-2 on Thursday night for their eighth consecutive victory, a win that was tempered by the loss of forward Jonathan Toews, the Hawks captain and No. 2 scorer who left the game after Dennis Seidenberg came up behind him, hit him on the back of the shoulder and sent him face-first into the boards in the second period.

”Dangerous. Tight area. Strong guy,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. ”He seemed all right. We’ll see how he is tomorrow, but it looks like he’s going to be all right.”

Seidenberg said he was aiming for the shoulder and had no intent to injure Toews, who was the MVP of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. A two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time NHL champion, Toews has 11 goals and 12 assists in 28 games so far this season.

”It was unfortunate how he went into the boards,” said Seidenberg, who waited in the hallway outside the Blackhawks dressing room after the game to shake hands with alternate captain Patrick Sharp.”I try to be clean,” Seidenberg told reporters. ”I would never want to hurt anyone.”

Ben Smith assisted on the Blackhawks’ first goal and scored their second as they opened a 3-0 lead before Boston rallied. Scott Darling made 32 saves for the Blackhawks, who have won 11 of their last 12 games and lost just twice in the past month.Tuukka Rask stopped 18 shots for Boston. The Bruins have lost four of their last five games and six of eight.The Bruins were boosted by the return of captain Zdeno Chara, who missed seven weeks with a torn ligament in his left knee. But they couldn’t take advantage of the 6-foot-9 defenseman’s presence.Klas Dahlbeck and Patrick Kane also scored for the Hawks, and Marcus Kruger had a pair of assists. They then had a lengthy power play, including almost two minutes of a 5-on-3, thanks to three penalties in a row against Boston.One of them was the boarding call against Seidenberg that knocked Toews out of the game.

”We definitely hope it’s not too serious,” Smith said. ”He’s our leader, and he’s our catalyst. We definitely rallied behind him.”

The Bruins killed off the power plays, and near the end of the period Reilly Smith scored to make it 3-1. It stayed that way until there were eight minutes left, when Milan Lucic bulled his way through two defenders, taking them both with him behind the net before passing it back to Torey Krug for the goal.The play ended with several players pairing up and fighting, with the longest-lasting Boston’s Chris Kelly against Andrew Shaw.

NOTES—The Bruins observed a moment of silence before the game for former Montreal Canadiens Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau. … The Blackhawks scored at least three goals for the 12th time in 13 games. … Chara, who is annually No. 1 on the Bruins in time on ice, played 24:11. He was not on the ice for any of the five goals. The Bruins went 11-8-1 while he was out.

Bulls take over in second half to beat Nets 105-80

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The Bulls used a rare lull in the schedule to focus on their defense, and it paid off in the second half against Brooklyn.Derrick Rose scored 23 points, and the Bulls pulled away from the Nets for a 105-80 victory on Wednesday night. The Bulls held Brooklyn to 29 points on 26.2 percent shooting (11 for 42) in the final two periods.

”They came out with a lot of energy. They got us back on our heels,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ”I liked the way we responded in the second half.”

The Bulls had six players, including all five starters, score in double figures in its first game since Saturday night’s 112-102 loss to Golden State. Jimmy Butler had 18 points, Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy scored 14 points. Taj Gibson finished with 11 points and 10 boards.

”The third quarter, we really got into it,” said Gibson, who also matched a career high with six blocked shots. ”We tried to be a dominant team on rebounding, tried to just finish strong.”

Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 17 points, but the Nets dropped their third straight. Kevin Garnett scored 13 points, and Alan Anderson had 12.”They turned up their defense and they put on a block party,” Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins said.Garnett left in the fourth quarter because of a left foot injury. The team said X-rays were negative, and Garnett said he was all right.The Bulls grabbed control with a 17-3 run in the third quarter.Rose made a 3-pointer, and Gibson had a big dunk before Gasol capped the surge with four straight points, including two foul shots that made it 70-58 with 3:32 to go.It just got worse for injury-riddled Brooklyn in the final period, with the Bulls scoring 15 straight points to increase its advantage to 101-73 with 3:17 to go. Butler finished the run with a jumper.

“It’s a work in progress,” Garnett said. ”We’ve got to continue to work. It doesn’t help that guys are out of the lineup so we’ve all got to continue to come in here, continue to work, and try to get better.”

The 25-point margin was the biggest win of the season for , which also beat Brooklyn 102-84 on Nov. 30. The Bulls had allowed at least 100 points in four of their previous six games, but Rose said the work in practice on Monday and Tuesday helped them turn it around.

”We did a lot of defensive drills,” Rose said. ”I think he (Thibodeau) was just trying to make us be aggressive while we were out there instead of just holding back and letting them walk wherever they want to go, run wherever they want to go.”

The Nets played without forward Mirza Teletovic, who was sidelined by a right hip pointer. Joe Johnson (flu) and Brook Lopez (lower back strain) missed their second straight game, and Andrei Kirilenko was held out because of personal reasons, according to the team.Joakim Noah, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and rookie Doug McDermott missed the game for the Bulls. Noah has a sprained right ankle, and McDermott has been hampered by a sore right knee.The Bulls outrebounded the Nets 57-44. The 57 rebounds were a season high for the Bulls.Brooklyn dropped to 4-6 on the road. It has lost 10 of its last 12 games at the United Center, counting the postseason. … Garnett had two steals to give him 1,801 for his career. He is the 16th NBA player with at least 1,800.

NOTES—Gasol has recorded a double-double in each of his last seven games. He leads the team with 13 this season. … The Bulls have scored at least 100 points in seven straight games for its longest streak since an eight-game run from March 26-April 11, 2009. … The Bulls improved to 3-5 at home.The Bulls Host Portland on Friday.

Hawks get by Devils on Toews and Kane shootout goals.

NEWARK—New Jersey Devils rookie Keith Kinkaid has never been a fan of the shootout, and that was long before he faced Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in his first NHL start.Toews and Kane scored on the Blackhawks’ first two chances, and they rallied late and earned their seventh straight victory, 3-2 over the Devils on Tuesday night.

”They are top guys in the NHL,” Kinkaid said after his outstanding 37-save performance ended in a loss. ”Obviously I was a little too far out on the Toews one, I wanted to get the leg out, and then Kane has a great set of hands. You never know what he is going to do.”

The Blackhawks had to work to get the best of the 25-year old Kinkaid, who was called up from Albany earlier Tuesday with the Devils playing the second game of a back-to-back set.New Jersey had the better of play for almost the first 25 minutes before the Blackhawks started showing why they are one of the NHL’s top teams.

”Early on, he was playing pretty well,” Toews said of Kinkaid. ”We threw some shots at him and I think, if anything, we built his confidence up a little bit throughout the game. Nowadays, even backups are strong, and you have to make their job as tough as you can.”

Bryan Bickell and Duncan Keith had goals in regulation for the Hawks, whose winning streak matches the NHL high for this season. Scott Darling made 22 saves, including two stops in the shootout.Jordin Tootoo and Stephen Gionta scored for New Jersey. Steve Bernier added two assists for the Devils, who were trying for back to back wins for the first time in almost a month.Darling made a glove save on Martin Havlat to start the shootout, and Toews easily beat Kinkaid with a backhander. After Darling made a pad save on Jaromir Jagr, Kane skated in on Kinkaid, danced in front of him, and slid the puck into the net for the Blackhawks’ fourth win in four shootouts.

”You want to get the win for the team, so it’s a little tough,” Kinkaid said. ”I hate the shootout anyway, so they are big points, and we are fortunate to get one”.

The Hawks had tied it with 3:13 left in regulation when defenseman Duncan Keith put the rebound of Marian Hossa’s shot into an open net. The play developed after the Blackhawks kept the puck in the Devils zone, and Toews found Hossa for a good shot in close.

”Give him some credit,” Keith said of Kinkaid. ”He played big for his first game. We just played a patient game. I don’t think it was our best game, but we hung in there until the end and we were able to do it in the shootout.”

It appeared that Stephen Gionta’s goal on a baseball swing at 2:31 of the third period was going to be the winner.Defenseman Damon Severson took a shot from the right point that Darling stopped. Blackhawks defenseman Klas Dahlbeck used his glove to swat the rebound away, but Gionta lined it right into the net.Havlat nearly gave the Devils a two-goal lead later in the period but his breakaway drive hit off the post and crossbar with 9:30 left.Kinkaid had stopped Patrick Sharp on a breakaway just about 30 seconds before Gionta’s second goal of the season.The was a little off its game in the first period, but it dominated the second, outshooting New Jersey 17-7. Bickell got the only goal with a shot from the right circle after he carried the puck into the Devils zone leading a 3-on-1 break.Sharp, playing for the first time since Nov. 4 because of a lower-body injury, got the only assist on the play set up by a Devils turnover.New Jersey’s goal also was the result of a turnover. Tootoo scored from the same circle as Bickell after taking a pass from Bernier.

NOTES—The game was the second of a five-game trip for Chicago. … Keith played 30:36 for Hawks.

ROUT! Ohio State blows away Wisconsin 59-0.

INDIANAPOLIS—While Ohio State fans chanted ”We want `Bama,” coach Urban Meyer argued for an opportunity(They WILL get Bama in the Sugar Bowl).Moments after No. 6 Ohio State finished its 59-0 rout of No. 11 Wisconsin, Meyer hoisted the Big Ten championship trophy in the air and lobbied for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

”I don’t think there’s any doubt we’re one of the top four teams in America,”

Meyer shouted to the crowd but almost defiantly to the selection committee, which must make its decision Sunday.(The Buckeyes DID make the 4 team Playoff and will face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl).
Some expected the Buckeyes to drop out of the conversation with the tough game against the Badgers. Instead, the Buckeyes made an emphatic statement.Cardale Jones, who started this season as the Buckeyes’ No. 3 quarterback, looked every bit as good as Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett. Jones even did something his all-conference predecessors could not – leading the Buckeyes to the conference title.The first-time starter threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns and earned MVP honors. Afterward, he slid a rose into the side of his hat, hopeful of a playoff bid.Before the title game, it looked as if the Buckeyes would be the first team out. They still might.But Ohio State (12-1, 8-0, No. 5 CFP) believes the rout should at least keep it in the conversation.The Buckeyes have won 11 straight since losing at home to Virginia Tech. They have defeated nine bowl-eligible teams, all but two by double digits.And Jones’ play may have tamped down the argument that the Buckeyes shouldn’t make it after losing Barrett to a broken right ankle in the regular-season finale.Jones was efficient and effective, going 12 of 17. Ezekiel Elliott had 20 carries for a career-high 220 yards, and Devin Smith caught four passes for 137 yards and three scores.The defense completely shut down Wisconsin (10-3, 7-1, No. 13 CFP) and kept Melvin Gordon, the nation’s leading rusher, under control. Gordon ran 26 times for 76 yards in his second-worst game of the season, and Ohio State handed the Badgers their first shutout since August 1997. It was also their worst loss since a 59-0 rout, also against the Buckeyes, in 1979.All of this came after an emotional week for the Buckeyes, who learned of the death of defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge one day after Barrett’s season-ending injury.Ohio State honored Karageorge by wearing a decal with his jersey number, 53, on the back of its helmets. Defensive tackle Michael Bennett changed his jersey number from 63 to 53.There was a pregame moment of silence to honor Karageorge, who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

”A lot of things happened this past week and there’s a family grieving that was a part of our family,” Meyer said. ”We’ll never forget our teammate.”

They still managed to beat a team that had won seven straight, had rushed for an average of 435.8 yards in its previous five games in the Hoosier State and was a four-point favorite coming into Saturday.But against a determined quarterback and the motivated Buckeyes, Wisconsin never had a chance.Ohio State scored on five of its first six possessions against the nation’s No. 4 scoring defense. The Buckeyes outgained the Badgers 558-258.

”I’ve got to take a long, hard look at the tape on both sides of the football,” Badgers coach Gary Andersen said. ”We did not execute in key moments. I need to do a better job of coaching them.”

The Buckeyes made it look easy.Just six plays into the game, Jones hooked up with Smith on a pretty 39-yard floater for a 7-0 lead. Elliott then found a hole in the middle and sprinted 81 yards for a score.After Wisconsin finally held the Buckeyes to a field goal, Jones hooked up again with Smith on a 44-yard TD pass to make it 24-0 with 11:09 left in the second quarter, and Ohio State capped the half with Elliott’s 14-yard TD run and Joey Bosa’s 4-yard fumble return for a score to make it 38-0.Not much changed in the second half.Smith made a nifty two-handed, off-balance catch as he was going backward into the end zone for a 42-yard score early in the third quarter, and the Buckeyes, last year’s Big Ten runner-up, closed it out with Curtis Samuel’s two touchdown runs in the fourth.

Butler lead’s throughout, and beats NU 65-56

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INDIANAPOLIS—Butler defended its home court by guarding the paint on defense and attacking it on offense. That strategy allowed the Bulldogs to beat Northwestern 65-56 on Saturday.Butler justified its No. 23 ranking and proved it could be physical. The Bulldogs outscored the Wildcats 22-6 in the paint by halftime and 38-20 at the end of Saturday’s game.Butler’s physical approach on offense put Northwestern in foul trouble, sending the Bulldogs to the line for 28 free throw attempts. Butler made 16 of 28, outscoring the Wildcats from the line 16 to 6. That wasn’t Butler interim head coach Chris Holtmann’s game plan.

”We always talk about a certain number of paint touches that we want to get in games,” Holtmann said. ”We did feel like if we could move them we could drive them, but I think our guys just kind of took what was there. That’s just kind of how the game went.”

Butler accompanied their intense interior play on offense with a strong effort on defense. The Bulldogs finished with six blocks, forcing the Wildcats to shoot more from the perimeter. Northwestern was 6 of 18 on 3-pointers, and trailed the entire game.The Bulldogs are more comfortable scoring from the perimeter, but Northwestern’s defense gave Butler’s Roosevelt Jones, who scored 12 points, options on offense. Butler was only 1 of 5 on 3-pointers. Kellen Dunham had 19 points for the Bulldogs.

”We’re trying to beat (Alex) Olah off of ball screens. If I could drive it, I would drive it. If I could kick it to Kellen, I would kick it to Kellen,” Jones said. ”I was just taking what they were giving me.”

Butler held Northwestern’s 7-foot center Alex Olah to just 11 points and four total rebounds. Despite an inability to impact the game in the paint offensively and shoot effectively from the perimeter, the Wildcats late surge kept them close.

”Today for us was a good step in the right direction, although we were disappointed in the end result. We’re on a road game and we were in a tough environment,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. ”I thought they beat us off the dribble, especially Jones and (Alex) Barlow, those guys were in our paint a lot. When you lose by 18 in the paint, that’s going to be tough to overcome.”

Butler held a six point lead with under four minutes left when Nathan Taphorn’s 3-pointer pulled Northwestern within one possession. But the Bulldogs finished the way they started and capped off a 5-0 run with Alex Barlow‘s steal leading to a fast-break layup. That put them ahead by eight with two minutes to play and forced the Wildcats to call a timeout.NU’s Bryant McIntosh shot an off-balance 3-pointer with thirty seconds left that bounced off the back iron. Vic Law finished with 10 and McIntosh finished with 12 points for the Wildcats.

Late Saad goal lifts surging Hawks past Habs 4-3.

Most of the bounces – even crazy, hard-to-explain ones – seem to be going the Blackhawks’ way.Brandon Saad scored with 27 seconds left in the third period and surging Hawks won its fifth straight game, 4-3 over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.Saad snapped a shot past Corey Price from the low edge of the right circle for the winner. Patrick Kane shot from the top of the slot and Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov couldn’t handle the puck.

That turned out to be the difference in a back-and-forth, up-tempo game between two Original Six rivals played before a crowd of 22,087, the Blackhawks’ largest this season.

”I think Kaner was trying to get to the net and it got deflected and ended up right on my stick, so I’m thankful for that,” Saad said.

Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal early in the third to tie it at 3. Michal Rozsival and Ben Smith connected at even strength as the Blackhawks won for the eighth time in nine games by coming back from a 3-2 deficit after two periods.It was just the Hawks second win this season when trailing after 40 minutes.

”I think there was composure,” Joel Quenneville said. ”You could sense on the bench there was no desperation.”

”We were heading in the right direction. Let’s be positive in finding a way,” he said.

Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher scored and set up 40-year-old Sergei Gonchar’s first goal in nearly a year. P.K. Subban added a power-play goal for the Canadiens, who have lost two straight and are 1-4-1 in their last six.Following the game, Canadiens kept watching replays of Saad’s winner, trying to figure out just what happened. Heading into the game, Montreal was a perfect 10-0-0 when leading after two periods.It was the second and final regular-season contest between the teams. The Blackhawks won 5-0 at Montreal on Nov. 4.Antti Raanta made 38 saves as Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford sat out his second game with a foot injury, sustained while leaving a concert.Price blocked 32 shots.Gonchar, acquired from Dallas on Nov. 11, scored his first goal with the Habs and first since Jan. 25, a span of 44 games.Rozsival, a defenseman, opened the scoring 2:13 in with his first goal of the season to cap a 3-on-2 rush.Raanta’s pad save denied Brandon Prust on a breakaway midway through the first to maintain the lead, then Smith made it 2-0 with 1:44 left in the period.Smith’s shot from right wing hit traffic in front and bounced around just beyond the crease, but Smith plowed to the net and chipped in the loose puck.Gallagher responded just 26 seconds later to make it 2-1 and nip the Hawks momentum when he one-timed a rising shot from right hash marks into the upper left corner of the net.Gonchar tied it at 2 at 7:58 of an up-tempo second period.Subban put Montreal ahead 3-2 with 2:38 left in the second, just 13 seconds into a Canadiens power play.With Subban off for hooking, Toews’ power-play tap-in at 4:18 of the third made it 3-all.

NOTES—Patrick Sharp missed his 13th game (knee) on Friday, but could rejoin the team during a four-game road trip that starts Saturday in Nashville….The Hawks have been on a roll without the 32-year-old winger, who led the team in goals (34) and points (78) last season. ”I’m just trying to get myself back into game shape and jump right in,” Sharp said. He was injured on Nov. 4 in Montreal. … The Blackhawks honored Canadiens great Jean Beliveau, who died on Tuesday, with a pregame moment of silence.

Bears close in on elimination. Dallas wins 41-28

Tony Romo has bigger goals for the Dallas Cowboys so he wasn’t about to get too excited over securing a winning season.To him, that was just one step.DeMarco Murray ran for a season-high 179 yards and a touchdown, Romo threw for three scores and the Cowboys beat the Bears 41-28 on Thursday night.The Cowboys (9-4) made it look easy for most of the night against a struggling team that lost star receiver Brandon Marshall to a rib injury. Dallas clinched its first winning season since 2009 and guaranteed it will finish above .500 after three straight 8-8 finishes. But the Cowboys are looking for more, with an NFC East title and first playoff appearance in five years in sight. ”Other than the fact we still have all our goals in front of us,” Romo said when asked about clearing the eight-win mark. ”I think that that’s more for you guys to do your 8-8 stuff.” Led by Romo and Murray, Dallas rebounded from a blowout loss to the Eagles on Thanksgiving and pulled within a half-game of them with another showdown in Philadelphia next week.The Cowboys took a 14-7 halftime lead and scored 21 unanswered in the third quarter before the Bears (5-8) rallied in the fourth.With that, the Cowboys improved to a league-best 6-0 on the road, where they have won seven straight since a blowout loss at Soldier Field on a bone-chilling night last December.Romo, who has been bothered by a bad back, kept checking down and completed 21 of 26 passes for 205 yards. His rating for the game was 138 coming off a rough outing against the Eagles.Murray, the league’s leading rusher, carried 32 times. He also had 49 yards receiving on nine catches. ”Like a lot of great backs through the years in this league, oftentimes these guys get better the more touches they get,” coach Jason Garrett said. ”I think he’s demonstrating that. He just has such a good feel for running the football.” Dez Bryant had six receptions for 82 yards. Cole Beasley caught two touchdowns, and the Cowboys converted 7 of 14 third downs along with 2 of 2 fourth downs.For the Bears, it was just another rough night in a disappointing season that will likely end with them missing the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. ”This team competes hard every day to get better and it competes hard in the football game,” coach Marc Trestman said. ”That would be totally disrespecting our football team to think they’re not going out and competing as hard as they can.” Marshall’s injury was another blow for the Bears.He was hurt taking a knee to the right side from the Cowboys’ Barry Church following a reception in the second quarter. That happened moments after he made a spectacular 42-yard catch, juggling the ball with his right hand, to help set up a touchdown. TV cameras showed him leaving Soldier Field in an ambulance, and Marshall later posted on Twitter, ”Thanks for the Prayers. .. I’m Good. (hash)MindOverMatter.” Jay Cutler was 32 of 46 for 341 yards and two touchdowns. Martellus Bennett had a career-high 12 receptions for 84 yards against his former team, but the Bears had trouble sustaining drives.They also did not get much from the run game after managing just eight attempts in the loss at Detroit a week earlier. Matt Forte had 13 carries for 26 yards after tying a career low with five rushes against the Lions. ”You just want to be in it at the end (of the season),” Cutler said. ”Unfortunately throughout the year we’ve done some things to not give ourselves a chance and we’re upset about that.” Murray accounted for 105 yards during a busy half as Dallas, running for 65 and a touchdown and adding 40 receiving. Romo kept checking down and completed 17 of 21 passes for 123 yards, including a 13-yarder to Beasley in the closing seconds.That sent the Cowboys to the locker room with a 14-7 lead and they added to it in the third quarter.Romo connected with a leaping Beasley for a 24-yard TD early in the quarter after Anthony Spencer stripped Forte near midfield following a screen pass, making it 21-7. The Cowboys increased their lead to 21 minutes later when Romo found Gavin Escobar in the back of the end zone, a 43-yard catch by Bryant setting up that score.Joseph Randle added a 17-yard TD run late in the quarter to make it 35-7.Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent played for the first time this season after serving a 10-game suspension and being held out for two more following his intoxication manslaughter conviction.He hadn’t played since Dec. 2, 2012, six days before the drunken-driving crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. ”I’ve been blessed to be put back in this position and I’m gonna take advantage of it,” Brent said. Notes: Beasley, who entered the league in 2012, came into the game with just three career TD catches. … The Bears held out kicker Robbie Gould (right quadriceps) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (knee). … Chris Conte left the game in the third quarter with a back injury.

Kane scores twice in big third period as Hawks down Blues 4-1

Joel Quenneville has seen this Kris Versteeg before. Not last season, when Versteeg was still finding his way after knee surgery, but way back in 2010, when he was an emerging young forward.Versteeg scored 59 seconds into the third period and had the primary assist on each of Patrick Kane‘s two goals, leading streaking Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

”Let’s compare it (to) 2010. That’s more realistic,” Quenneville said when asked about Versteeg’s game a year ago. ”I think he’s back where he was, or wanted to be. You know he’s coming off that injury, and I can go back to every single guy that had an ACL injury, it takes a year to get back to square one.”

Marcus Kruger also scored, and Antti Raanta had 40 saves in his first start since Corey Crawford was sidelined by a left foot injury. Back at home after a 5-1 road trip, the Hawks killed each of St. Louis’ six power plays and won for the seventh time in eight games.Ian Cole scored in the second for the Blues, who had won four of five. Jake Allen made 29 saves.

”You can blame the power plays all you want and your best players on the power play, but we gave the game away in the third period,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Martin Brodeur was the backup to Allen in St. Louis’ first game since the NHL’s winningest goalie signed a one-year contract on Tuesday.The second line of Versteeg, Brad Richards and Kane has played a key role in the Blackhawks’ resurgence. Versteeg has four goals and 10 assists in his last eight games, and Kane has eight goals and seven assists in his last nine games.

”I’m just trying to get the puck into great players’ hands and let them go to work,” Versteeg said. ”Those two guys have been helping me out a lot. Just got to keep going and grinding it out.”

Versteeg put the Hawks in front for good when he one-timed a pass from Jonathan Toews into the lower right side of the net for his eighth of the season. He then made a pair of nice passes to Kane to help the Blackhawks put the game away.Kane beat Allen to the stick side at 2:47 of the third. He added his 12th goal when he made a terrific move to get past defenseman Barret Jackman before sliding a shot between Allen’s legs at 5:19.

”You can’t let a team with that skill get those chances, but it was only a five-minute span, and they took advantage of it,” Allen said.

Crawford had made 14 consecutive starts, but he hurt his left foot when he missed a step while leaving a recent concert and is expected to be sidelined two to three weeks. Crawford said Wednesday he was embarrassed and frustrated, but declined to reveal any further details about what happened.Crawford’s injury put Raanta in goal for the first time since he had 28 saves in a 3-2 loss at St. Louis on Oct. 25. It was just his fourth appearance of the season.

”I think it was a pretty good 60 minutes,” Raanta said. ”Maybe the last 50 minutes was even better than the first 10, but I felt very good.”

The Blackhawks jumped in front when Brandon Saad stole the puck from Cole near center ice and started a 2-on-1 rush with a pass to Kruger, who beat Allen for his fourth goal at 15:57 of the first.St. Louis used a delayed penalty to tie it at 1 in the second. With the Blues enjoying a 6-on-5 skating advantage, Patrik Berglund passed to an open Cole on the right side for his second goal at 12:38. The Blues outshot the Blackhawks 13-7 in the period.

NOTES—Brodeur tops the NHL’s career lists for wins (688), games played (1,259), losses (394) and shutouts (124), all with New Jersey. …Brent Seabrook played 25 minutes after he missed practice on Tuesday due to an illness.

LES GROBSTEIN WEEK 14 NFL PICKS…

AFC GAMES:
MIAMI over Baltimore
Indianapolis over CLEVELAND
Houston over JACKSONVILLE
DENVER over Buffalo
Pittsburgh over CINCINNATI

NFC GAMES:
St.Louis over WASHINGTON
NEW ORLEANS over Carolina
Seattle over PHILADELPHIA

INTER CONF GAMES:
Kansas City over Arizona
San Francisco over OAKLAND
New York Giants over TENNESSEE

SUNDAY NIGHT:
New England over SAN DIEGO

NFC NORTH GAMES:

DETROIT over TAMPA BAY
MINNESOTA over N.Y.Jets
GREEN BAY over Atlanta
Dallas over BEARS

ALL CAP’S are HOME TEAMS.
WEEK 14: LES 8-8, ADAM & KEVIN 10-6, ZACH 11-5
LES 127-68-1, ADAM 127-68-1, KEVIN 122-73-1, ZACH 116-79-1

Bears lifetime ve current NFL opponents.

Bears Records by Opponent

The following is are the Chicago Bears records versus each of the current NFL teams. Included are results in regular season and postseason games.

Opponent W L T Pct PF PA Last Meeting Result
Arizona Cardinals 56 27 6 .663 1695 1127 12/23/2012 W 28-13
Atlanta Falcons 14 12 0 .538 498 447 10/12/2014 W 27-13
Baltimore Ravens 3 2 0 .600 70 77 11/17/2013 W 23-20
Buffalo Bills 7 5 0 .583 240 185 09/07/2014 L 23-20
Carolina Panthers 5 4 0 .556 200 191 10/05/2014 L 31-24
Cincinnati Bengals 4 6 0 .400 181 188 09/08/2013 W 24-21
Cleveland Browns 6 9 0 .400 277 379 12/15/2013 W 38-31
Dallas Cowboys 11 13 0 .458 448 489 12/09/2013 W 45-28
Denver Broncos 7 7 0 .500 276 233 12/11/2011 L 13-10
Detroit Lions 96 68 5 .583 3273 2990 11/27/2014 L 34-17
Green Bay Packers 93 91 6 .505 3254 3235 11/09/2014 L 55-14
Houston Texans 0 3 0 .000 35 68 11/11/2012 L 13-6
Indianapolis Colts 19 23 0 .452 866 898 09/09/2012 W 41-21
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 2 0 .667 153 99 10/07/2012 W 41-3
Kansas City Chiefs 6 5 0 .545 167 207 12/04/2011 L 10-3
Miami Dolphins 4 8 0 .333 208 304 10/19/2014 L 27-14
Minnesota Vikings 51 54 2 .486 2113 2237 11/16/2014 W 21-13
New England Patriots 4 9 0 .308 219 298 10/26/2014 L 51-23
New Orleans Saints 15 13 0 .536 588 528 10/06/2013 L 26-18
New York Giants 33 22 2 .596 995 832 10/10/2013 W 27-21
New York Jets 8 3 0 .727 221 168 09/22/2014 W 27-19
Oakland Raiders 6 7 0 .462 234 229 11/27/2011 L 25-20
Philadelphia Eagles 29 12 1 .702 912 629 12/22/2013 L 54-11
Pittsburgh Steelers 18 7 1 .712 587 390 09/22/2013 W 40-23
San Diego Chargers 6 5 0 .545 182 213 11/20/2011 W 31-20
San Francisco 49ers 30 32 1 .484 1247 1434 09/14/2014 W 28-20
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 352 355 12/02/2012 L 23-17
St. Louis Rams 52 36 3 .588 2102 1834 11/24/2013 L 42-21
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37 18 0 .673 1188 866 11/23/2014 W 21-13
Tennessee Titans 6 5 0 .545 238 245 11/04/2012 W 51-20
Washington Redskins 23 24 1 .490 1028 869 10/20/2013 L 45-41