NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Florida|
(Thursday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Florida 2 (SO)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Patrick Kane was the lone scorer in the
shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-2.
Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews netted goals for Chicago, which won its third
straight game and fourth in its last five.
Corey Crawford stopped 41-of-43 shots in the win.
"At the end of the night it was a goalie win, Crawford was great for us and
kept us in there," Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said.
Ed Jovanovski tied the game with just over two minutes left in regulation,
making it the fourth straight contest in which Florida has scored with less
than three minutes left in regulation.
But the Panthers have just one win to show for it.
Stephen Weiss also tallied for Florida, which lost its second consecutive
Jacob Markstrom made 31 saves.
Down 2-0 late in the second period, Weiss went to the net and poked home a
loose puck in the crease to pull Florida within a goal with 1:41 left in the
Jovanovski tied it up with 2:04 remaining in the game. Dmitry Kulikov flicked
a shot on net, and Jovanovski deflected it past Crawford.
"We had possession of the puck, made a good low to high play and I was down
there already. I just wanted to get in front of the net and get a stick on
it," Jovanovski said.
In the shootout, Crawford fought away shots by Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and
Tomas Fleischmann. Markstrom was solid as well, stopping Toews
and Dave Bolland, but Kane was able to slip a backhand between his legs for
the game winner.
After Toews stripped Mike Weaver in his own zone, Andrew Brunette pounced on
the puck, skated in and found Toews who positioned himself left of the crease.
Toews just got enough of the disk with his one-timer, as it trickled across
the goal line to give Chicago a 1-0 lead, 4:04 into the opening period.
Hossa tallied 4:51 into the second period to make it 2-0. Kane maneuvered his
way up the left wing and found Hossa for a one-timer from the front of the
right circle as he slapped it home.
Chicago heads to Tampa to take on the Lightning on Friday night, while Florida
closes its three-game homestand against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
11/03 23:49:29 ET