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NEW YORK (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks are in an uncertain and wholly unfamiliar place.They know they will not have the opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup Derek Grant Jersey Womens , and morale is low. A franchise used to preparing for the playoffs has been relegated to finishing the season feeling good about itself.And maybe look to see who will make up next year’s squad.”When you’re not winning, it’s not easy to get that confidence and enthusiasm,” coach Joel Quenneville said after the Blackhawks snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.”At this stage in the game, build a little something off it,” he added.Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored in the second period, and Brent Seabrook added an empty-netter for the Blackhawks. Anton Forsberg made 30 saves.”It was something, I don’t know, I didn’t really expect tonight,” said Kane, who centered Chicago’s top line. ”It was a little bit different. Weird playing a different position. Something I haven’t done in six years.”John Tavares scored late in the third period and Jaroslav Halak finished with 22 saves as the Islanders lost for the fifth time in six games and 13th in their last 15 (2-9-4).”I think we’re better than what we’ve shown,” Tavares said.Chicago was eliminated from postseason contention for the first time since 2008 following its 5-1 loss to Colorado on Tuesday, and pushed the struggling Islanders to the verge of being knocked for the second straight year.”You’ll take a win when you’re (going) through a stretch when you haven’t won in a while,” Quenneville said. ”Any win certainly feels better than what we’ve been going through.”Kane opened the scoring 2:36 into the second period with his team-leading 26th of the year. With the Blackhawks on the power play after Thomas Hickey was whistled for tripping Tomas Jurco as the two battled for a puck along the boards, Kane’s shot from the right circle deflected off Adam Pelech’s stick blade and through Halak.It took the Blackhawks 1:49 to add to their lead as Saad tapped a rebound off of his initial shot – which ricocheted off the end boards – along the goal line before the puck bounced off the back of Halak’s left skate into the net.”It’s a tough one for the goalie,” Islanders coach Doug Weight said. ”It’s a bounce. Two bounces Erik Karlsson Jersey Womens , two goals, we’re down.”Forsberg made the lead hold up, even though he only faced 22 shots in the final 40 minutes. His lone mistake was Tavares’ unassisted goal with 2:42 left, but Seabrook’s empty-netter with 1:14 left ended the scoring.”For the most part, we generated good chances, had opportunities, even in the last eight, nine minutes had some really good looks,” Weight said. ”Just couldn’t get the puck by him.”Neither team scored in an opening period which was mostly played at even strength, except for an Islanders power play late. New York outshot the Blackhawks 10-9 in the period.”It sums it up,” Weight said. ”We played a good game, it’s not good enough but we played a good game and we generated enough to win.”NOTES: The teams split the regular season series, with the Islanders winning 7-3 at Chicago on Jan. 20. … The Blackhawks went 1 for 2 on the power play. The Islanders were 0 for 2. … New York outshot Chicago 32-25. … Chicago C Jonathan Toews missed his second straight game with an upper body injury. … The Blackhawks scratched LW Anthony Duclair. … D Dennis Seidenberg and RW Chris Wagner were the Islanders’ scratches. … The announced attendance was 13,091.UP NEXTBlackhawks: Host San Jose on Monday night.Islanders: Host Florida on Monday night.— Two struggling teams will meet in Las Vegas on Saturday night, when the Vegas Golden Knights host the Carolina Hurricanes.The Hurricanes showed heart on Friday night by overcoming a 3-0 deficit to force overtime and earn a point www.ducksshoponline.com , but they ended up with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes.It was the third straight loss for Carolina, which has lost six of its past eight games.Article continues below ...Hurricanes winger Sebastian Aho had his assist streak broken Friday, leaving him one shy of the NHL record after he was held without a point for the first time this season. He was trying to become the first player in NHL history with a 13-game assist streak to open a season. Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers in 1982-83, and Ken Linseman of the Boston Bruins in 1985-86 each had 12. Aho has four goals and 13 assists for the season.“We’ve got to be ready to start that game. We can’t give ourselves that hole to dig out of,” Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook said on the team’s website. “On the other side of it, it just shows the attitude in this room that we won’t quit. We fight until the very last second. One point is huge, but we wanted that second one.”Martinook, Andrei Svechnikov and Jordan Staal tallied goals for the Hurricanes, but Michael Grabner won it for the Coyotes in 3-on-3 overtime.“The boys dug in and found a way to get a point, to battle back and show some character in the way we want to play,” Staal said.The three straight losses all have been by one-goal margins, but the recent results have not been good for Carolina, which won four of its first five games to start the season but is now 6-5-2.Vegas (5-7-1) got to the Stanley Cup Finals as an expansion team last season, but the Golden Knights find themselves in seventh place in the Pacific Division heading into Saturday’s action.They have lost two straight games, including Thursday’s 5-3 loss to St. Louis Patrick Maroon Jersey Womens , and have dropped four of their last five. The only win in that span was an overtime victory over Ottawa last Sunday.Vegas is 29th in the league in scoring, having scored 30 times in 13 games. “I don’t think this is about anybody except us. It’s not about the other teams right now it’s about our team,” said Vegas center Erik Haula on the team’s website. “Consistently, we keep making the same kind of mistakes and we aren’t playing a full game. That’s the problem, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing. We’re at the bottom of the barrel right now. Nobody is in a good mood. But it’s not going to come easy. We have to really dig in.”Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny have been out with injuries and Nate Schmidt has been unavailable due to a suspension. Pacioretty (upper body) has missed the past three games and remains day-to-day with no timetable for his return. Stastny (lower body) won’t be back for at least another month.“We have times in the game when we play the right way and other times when we don’t, and it ends up costing us big time,” Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.said. “We’re going to have to figure out how to play a full 60 minutes because right now, 40 is nowhere near close enough.”Alex Tuch had a goal and an assist in the loss to the Blues, and Vegas’ leading scorer, Jonathan Marchessault, picked up an assist, giving him 13 points (six goals, seven assists) for the season.

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