Blackhawks Ban 4 From Games for Racist Taunt – The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from their home games for directing racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly. The Blackhawks also apologized to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals. “Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks,” team spokesman Adam Rogowin said Monday in a statement. Smith-Pelly was sitting in the penalty box in the third period of Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to Chicago when the fans yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” toward the winger, who is black. An off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified United Center security and the fans were promptly ejected. “Totally unacceptable in our game, in any sport and in society today,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate ahead of Monday night’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings. “We’ve got to learn from something like that. It can’t happen.” Quenneville said he talked to Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Sunday and apologized.
Chicago Blackhawks 1 – Los Angeles Kings 3
Highlights: The Los Angeles Kings have owned the third period this season. The first period has been a bit of an adventure, but it’s coming around. Torrey Mitchell and Andy Andreoff scored during Los Angeles’ dominant start, and the Kings held off the Chicago Blackhawks for a 3-1 victory Monday night. Los Angeles (32-22-5) has outscored opponents 73-41 in the third this season. The Kings had to scramble in the final period against the Blackhawks, but Jonathan Quick made 12 of his 27 saves in the third to help close out the Kings’ second straight win since a three-game slide. Dion Phaneuf added his second goal in three games since joining Los Angeles in a trade with Ottawa, helping the Kings improve to 3-3 on their seven-game trip as they fight for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.
Last-place Chicago looked awful for most of the night during its ninth loss in 10 games. Anton Forsberg made 29 stops for the Blackhawks (25-27-8), and Patrick Sharp snapped an 11-game scoring drought with his seventh goal of the season.
- Minnesota Wild 5 – New York Islanders 3
- Washington Capitals 3 – Buffalo Sabres 2
- Boston Bruins 2 – Calgary Flames 1
- Ottawa Senators 2 – Nashville Predators 5
- Los Angeles Kings 3 – Chicago Blackhawks 1 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Anaheim Ducks 2 – Vegas Golden Knights 0
Chicago Blackhawks 7 – Washington Capitals 1
Highlights: Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks ripped the Washington Capitals 7-1 on Saturday night to end an eight-game losing streak. Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad and Ryan Hartman each added a goal and an assist in a 44-shot attack that took advantage of Washington breakdowns and powered Chicago to its first win since Jan. 30 at Nashville. Nick Schmaltz, Artem Anisimov and rookie Alex DeBrincat also scored to help the Blackhawks snap a seven-game slide at home before season-high crowd of 22,066 at the United Center. Tom Wilson scored for the Capitals, whose first-place lead in the Metropolitan Division over Pittsburgh slipped to one point. Even more sour for Washington: The Capitals said a group of fans directed racial taunts toward forward Devante Smith-Pelly in the penalty box in the third period as he served a fighting major. Chicago’s Anton Forsberg stopped 19 shots. Washington’s Braden Holtby allowed six goals on 33 shots through two periods. Philipp Grubauer took over in goal to start the third and gave up a goal on 11 shots.
- Los Angeles Kings 4 – Buffalo Sabres 2
- Anaheim Ducks 3 – Minnesota Wild 2
- New York Rangers 3 – Ottawa Senators 6
- Edmonton Oilers 0 – Arizona Coyotes 1
- Montreal Canadiens 3 – Vegas Golden Knights 6
- New Jersey Devils 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning 3
- Toronto Maple Leafs 3 – Pittsburgh Penguins 5
- Detroit Red Wings 3 – Nashville Predators 1
- Washington Capitals 1 – Chicago Blackhawks 7 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Boston Bruins 1 – Vancouver Canucks 6
- Florida Panthers 6 – Calgary Flames 3
- Philadelphia Flyers 2 – Columbus Blue Jackets 1
- New York Islanders 3 – Carolina Hurricanes 0
- Colorado Avalanche 1 – Winnipeg Jets 6
- St. Louis Blues 1 – Dallas Stars 2
Chicago Blackhawks 2 – Anaheim Ducks 3
Highlights: Adam Henrique snapped a tie with his 18th goal 8:34 into the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks handed the Chicago Blackhawks their eighth straight loss with a 3-2 victory on Thursday night. The 28-year-old Henrique has 14 goals, including six game-winners, and eight assists in 34 games since he was acquired in a Nov. 30 trade with New Jersey. He has adjusted to a couple different roles as injured players have returned to the Ducks. Ondrej Kase had a goal and two assists and John Gibson made 42 saves as Anaheim improved to 1-1 on a four-game trip. Nick Ritchie added a goal and an assist. Kase found a wide-open Henrique in front, and he beat Anton Forsberg to lift Anaheim to a 3-2 lead. Chicago pulled Forsberg for an extra attacker with about 2:15 left, but Gibson made a great stop on Brandon Saad to help the Ducks hold on during the frantic final minutes. Duncan Keith scored his first goal of the season for last-place Chicago (24-26-8), which has lost seven in a row at home. Saad also snapped a long scoring drought, and Forsberg made 29 stops.