Goaltender Ed Belfour, who sat out the previous four games because of a sore back, made 49 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Vancouver Canucks for the 10th consecutive time, 5-2 Thursday night at Chicago.
The Canucks played most of the game without two-time 60-goal scorer Pavel Bure, who sprained his knee in the first period. Coach Rick Ley said the knee will be examined thoroughly today.
Florida 2, Edmonton 1--Johan Garpenlov ended a night of frustration for Florida on the power play when he scored at 12:17 of the third period to lift the Panthers over the Oilers at Miami.
The victory was a team-record fifth in a row for the Panthers, who lead the Atlantic Division with a 12-4-0 record for 24 points, the most in the NHL. A season-low 10,816 watched the game, the first since it was publicized the team was officially put up for sale.