NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Chicago
(Friday, November 13th)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Toronto 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Cristobal Huet was sharp with 29 saves and Troy Brouwer's second-period goal wound up as the game-winner, as Chicago got by Toronto, 3-2, at United Center.
Patrick Kane and John Madden had first-period goals for the Blackhawks, who won their sixth in a row at home, improving to 3-0 on a four-game homestand in the process.
"Everybody knows how tough it is to win on the road. When we're back here at our home base we want to pile up the points as much as we can as use our crowd to our advantage," said 'Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith, who registered two assists.
Phil Kessel notched both goals for the Maple Leafs, who lost their second straight game after gaining at least a point in the previous seven. Vesa Toskala nearly matched the effort of Huet with 31 saves.
"Vesa had an outstanding night. There was nothing he could do on any of the goals," said Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson. "He made a dozen great saves when we needed them (but) we made a couple bonehead mistake and it cost us."
Kane got things started 3:22 in, picking the pocket of Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn in the Toronto zone, and wheeling around for a quick wrister that found the top right corner.
A pair of heavy-handed shots gave the 'Hawks a 3-0 advantage with Madden lighting the lamp at 13:20 of the first and Brouwer's power-play tally coming 5 1/2 minutes into the second.
Kessel scored the next two goals to bring Toronto back within one.
First with just over two minutes to go in the middle frame, and then 5:33 into the third on an incredible individual play.
Kessel weaved his way through the neutral zone, skating parallel with the blue line. He crested the right circle and snapped off a blistering wrister that beat Huet over the near shoulder.
But that's as far as the Leafs would get as Huet turned back all but one of Toronto's 11 shots in the third period.
Toronto returns home to face Calgary on Saturday while Chicago ends its homestand with a clash against the Sharks...Kessel, now has five goals in four career games versus the Blackhawks...Kane has six goals on the year while Kessel has four in only five games.
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