Without Crawford, Blackhawks top Panthers 6-2
CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks scored a season-high three times on the power play in a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers last night.
The Blackhawks used their potent offense to win after starting goalie Corey Crawford left in the first period because of a lower-body injury.
Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Saad each had goal and an assist, and Michal Handzus and Andrew Shaw also scored. Patrick Kane had three assists for Chicago, which ended a three-game losing streak - its longest regular-season skid since February 2012.
Rookie Antti Raanta, recalled after veteran backup Nikolai Khabublin was injured on Nov. 16, stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win in relief of Crawford, who made four saves.
Dylan Olsen and Marcel Goc scored for Florida.
Blackhawks G Crawford leaves early with injury
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is out of the game against the Florida Panthers because of an injury sustained with 6:15 left in the first period.
Crawford, the Blackhawks' top netminder, went down to make a pad save on Marcel Goc moments earlier last night and was unable to get back up on his skates.
He was helped from the ice by teammates and a trainer and was replaced by rookie Antti Raanta with Chicago leading 2-0.
Illinois builds early lead to beat Auburn 81-62
ATLANTA (AP) - Rayvonte Rice scored 22 points yesterday, when he and Illinois shot at a torrid pace on the way to routing Auburn 81-62 in Philips Arena.
This was considered a "home" game for Auburn, which last year played Illinois in Chicago's United Center as a visiting team.
The Illini (8-1) made a season-high 12 3-pointers on 23 attempts (52.2 percent) and shot 61.5 percent from the field (32 of 52). Illinois also held the SEC's leading scorer, Auburn's Chris Denson to eight points. He entered the game averaging 21.8, but made just three of seven shots Sunday.
Tracy Abrams added a season-high 17 points for Illinois, and Jon Ekey poured in 14 while making 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.
Auburn (4-3) was led by KT Harrell's 23 points, and freshman Tahj Shamsid-Deen added 13 in a return to his hometown.
Northern Illinois, Utah State in Poinsettia Bowl
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Star dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch and the No. 24. Northern Illinois Huskies will face Mountain West Conference Mountain Division champion Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium.
Northern Illinois (12-1) saw its hopes of playing in a BCS game dashed by a 47-27 loss to Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference title game.
Lynch ran for 1,881 yards, an NCAA record for quarterbacks, and passed for 2,676.
Utah State (8-5) lost 24-17 to No. 21 Fresno State in the inaugural Mountain West title game Saturday night. It will play in its school-record third straight bowl game.
Cardinals beat Rams 30-10 to end NFC West skid
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Carson Palmer completed 27 of 32 passes, 12 of them to Larry Fitzgerald, and the Arizona Cardinals ended an eight-game losing streak against NFC West foes by beating the St. Louis Rams 30-10 yesterday.
Palmer, questionable for the game with a sore right elbow, threw for 269 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinals (8-5) won for the fifth time in six games.
Arizona's Karlos Dansby returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown and John Abraham tackled Kellen Clemens for a safety.
Tavon Austin's 56-yard run set up the only touchdown for the Rams (5-8), a 1-yard run by Zac Stacy. Austin injured his left ankle on the play and didn't return.
The Cardinals lost rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu in the third quarter with a left knee injury.
Injured Arizona players active; McGee out for Rams
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Andre Ellington were active for yesterday's game against the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams were without rookie cornerback Brandon McGee because of a foot injury. He had been listed as questionable.
Palmer had been listed as questionable because of a right elbow injury he sustained in last Sunday's loss at Philadelphia. Ellington missed the Eagles game with a left knee injury.
Cardinals tight end Rob Housler (ankle, hip) also was active after being listed as questionable.
All seven of Arizona's inactive players were healthy scratches.
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