Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Roundup: Howard Makes Return as Red Wings Top Blackhawks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Roundup: Howard Makes Return as Red Wings Top Blackhawks

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Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist, Jimmy Howard made 24 saves in his return and the host Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night.

Howard saw his first NHL action since injuring a knee Dec. 20 at Tampa Bay.

Tatar scored what proved to be the winner late in the second period and added an insurance goal in the third period to end Detroit's three-game losing streak. He has a team-high 17 goals.

Andreas Athanasiou and Xavier Ouellet also scored for Detroit.

The Blackhawks lost for the second straight night and had their club-record road winning streak end at eight games. Trevor Van Riemsdyk and Artemi Panarin scored for Chicago.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring at 4:23 of the first period on an impressive display of skill by Panarin and Patrick Kane. Just outside the Detroit zone, Panarin slid a backhand pass through defenseman Danny DeKeyser's leg to Kane, who carried the puck into the Detroit end. Kane zipped a quick cross-ice pass to a closing Panarin, and he drove a one-timer past Howard.

NOTEBOOK

Jets' Enstrom out with concussion * Winnipeg defenseman Toby Enstrom will be out indefinitely with a concussion, Jets coach Paul Maurice said Friday.

Enstrom took a crushing illegal check from behind into the boards by Pittsburgh forward Tom Sestito in the first period Wednesday night in the Jets' 7-4 loss to the Penguins. The NHL followed up Thursday by suspending Sestito for four games.

"There's no equitable way to sort this out because you can't measure what we lose," Maurice said. "The players suspended, they all have to be treated (the same) regardless of value to the game, so it is what it is."

The 6-foot-5 Sestito had been called up Wednesday morning from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League to play in only his ninth game this season. Known more for his fists than his finesse, Sestito logged 1:02 of ice time and had 20 minutes of penalties before being ejected after hitting the 5-foot-10 Enstrom.

NHL fines Flames' Gaudreau, Kings' Muzzin * The NHL has fined Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin $2,000 each for diving/embellishing. …

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