Blackhawks end skid with win over Red Wings
Tomas Kopecky scored two goals and the injury-depleted Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1, on Friday night to end a three-game losing streak.
Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell also connected for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who improved to 9-9-0 at home. The Blackhawks already have one more regulation home loss than all of last season, when they were 29-8-4 at the United Center.
Elsewhere: Martin Erat scored a pair of power-play goals and the Nashville Predators won their fifth straight, 3-1, over the host New Jersey Devils. . . . Marty Reasoner scored twice in the first period to lead the host Florida Panthers to a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. . . . Matt Duchene scored his second goal of the game with 2 minutes, 24 seconds left in overtime to lift the host Colorado Avalanche to their fifth straight win, 6-5, over the Ottawa Senators.
Maple Leafs goalie Giguere sidelined
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is out indefinitely after re-aggravating a groin injury during Thursday night's game in Calgary.
Giguere was listed as day-to-day Friday, but the 33-year-old indicated he may be sidelined longer.
12 jerseys stolen from Burns' widow returned
Twelve of about 30 autographed NHL jerseys stolen from Pat Burns' widow within hours of his funeral have been returned to the family.
Montreal police said the sweaters were found by agents from a security company and given to a journalist, who returned the jerseys - destined for a charity auction - to the late NHL coach's family.
Burns had barely been laid to rest Nov. 29 when thieves smashed into his widow's SUV and stole personal belongings. Family photos, Burns' credit cards, and his watch are still missing.
Thrashers' attendance woes
Thirty years after losing the Flames, Atlanta's fans are on the clock again. The NHL wants the city to show better support for its winning team or the league may have to explore "alternatives."
The Thrashers, blessed with young talent, have a winning record but rank just 28th among 30 NHL teams in attendance. And if that doesn't improve, Atlanta fans could lose its second NHL franchise - the Flames moved to Calgary in 1980. - Associated Press