Final Score: Chicago 3, Florida 2 (SO)
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp scored in
the shootout, bailing out teammate Patrick Kane, as Chicago emerged with a 3-2
victory over Florida on Tuesday.
Kane had a prime chance to end the contest in overtime, but missed the net
wide of the right post with a backhander on a clean breakaway with less than
80 seconds remaining.
His teammates provided the lone scores in the game-deciding breakaway
competition, as the Blackhawks picked up their fifth win in the last six
Toews and Bryan Bickell tallied in regulation, with Corey Crawford adding 20
"We had some good goaltending from (Crawford) in the shootout," Toews said.
"It's nice to win one in the shootout."
Tomas Fleischmann and Dmitry Kulikov scored in the third period for the
Panthers, who have dropped four of their last five.
Starter Tim Thomas made 25 stops, but left with less than three minutes to
play in the third period with an apparent lower-body injury. Jacob
Markstrom took over in the net and suffered the loss.
Chicago snapped the scoreless deadlock on the power play at 5:18 of the
second, when Toews redirected a Duncan Keith point blast from the right side.
Jonathan Huberdeau was pulled down and his shot attempt obstructed by
Chicago's Michal Handzus at the 9:24 mark, but the sophomore was denied at the
left post by Crawford on the resulting penalty shot.
The 'Hawks then went up by two with 3:11 on the period clock on Bickell's
Florida halved its deficit when Fleischmann one-timed an Aleksander Barkov
feed from the right circle with 9:04 played in the third, and the hosts tied
the score less than three minutes later on a blistering drive from Kulikov.
Thomas was felled with 2:59 to go on a similar play to his original lower-body
issue in Philadelphia on Oct. 8. He attempted to push off while on his belly
in the crease, but was unable to and soon skated to the locker room for
"I could see (Thomas) was uncomfortable...and I didn't want him to hurt
himself a little more or not play to his full potential," Panthers head coach
Kevin Dineen said, noting Thomas' condition would be updated Wednesday.
Chicago has won four in a row and six of the last eight meetings with Florida
since February of 2009 ... Huberdeau has taken three penalty shots in his
brief career and missed for the first time ... The reigning Calder Trophy
winner scored on free shots against Philadelphia and Winnipeg during his
rookie season ... The Blackhawks, whose mothers are accompanying the players
on this brief road trip, play at Tampa Bay on Thursday ... Chicago improved to
2-2 in shootouts this season.
10/23 00:26:04 ET
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