NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Chicago|
(Wednesday, January 18th)
Final Score: Chicago 6, Buffalo 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jonathan Toews scored twice to help the
Chicago Blackhawks down the struggling Buffalo Sabres, 6-2.
Dave Bolland, Andrew Shaw and Jimmy Hayes each had a goal and an assist while
Marian Hossa also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won four of five. Corey
Crawford allowed two goals on 27 shots.
"Part of our identity as a team is to bring it every single night," said
Toews. "We play as a team and try to find a way to win every game."
Jason Pominville had both goals for the road-weary Sabres, who have dropped 10
straight games as the visitors. Jhonas Enroth gave up six goals on 35 shots in
"It just seemed like they were playing better and with confidence once they
got that lead," said Pominville. "For us, it was the other way, we fell behind
and it took the life out of us."
The first goal of the game went to Buffalo as Pominville took a pass down the
right wing and from the circle fired a wrister past Crawford at the 9:30 mark
of the first.
Chicago, though, tied the game with just over seven minutes to play when
Duncan Keith blasted a shot on net from the right point that saw Shaw bang
home the rebound.
Just under three minutes later, the Blackhawks took the lead on the power play
with a similar goal as Brent Seabrook's shot from the high slot was stopped
and Toews was there to snap home the rebound.
Pominville tied the game on the power play 3:28 into the second. A nice
passing play saw Tyler Myers send the puck from the right point to the slot
where Brad Boyes immediately whipped it over for a one-timer by Pominville.
Chicago took the lead back for good just over two minutes later when Keith
picked off a bad Buffalo pass in his own zone and sprung Hossa, who skated in
alone and buried his chance.
It was a 4-2 game with 6:35 to play in the second as a pass from Andrew
Brunette at the left wing went to the right side where Hayes one-timed it
Goals from Bolland and Toews 2:37 apart early in the third gave Chicago a
Crawford stopped all nine shots he faced in the third to keep Buffalo from
mounting a comeback.
Chicago hosts Florida on Friday...Buffalo, which hasn't forced a single
overtime or shootout during its franchise-record road slump, plays in Winnipeg
on Thursday...The Blackhawks have won three straight over Buffalo...Chicago
was 2-for-4 on the power play while Buffalo went 1-for-4.
01/19 00:31:31 ET