NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Chicago
(Wednesday, February 29th)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Toronto 4
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks took a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at United Center.
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist while Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger both scored for the Blackhawks, who snapped a three-game slide.
"We've had a pretty tough schedule the past several games here," said Kane. "But we got to get some wins and finish the season strong, the playoffs is the goal here."
Corey Crawford started the game in net, but was pulled after the first period as he allowed three goals on 10 shots. Ray Emery finished the contest for Chicago and got the win, allowing just one goal on 23 shots.
Joffrey Lupul had a goal and an assist while Clarke MacArthur, Mike Brown and Tyler Bozak all scored for the Maple Leafs, who fell for a sixth straight game. Jonas Gustavsson was charged with four goals on 34 shots.
"It was tough, we had the bounces going against us tonight," said Gustavsson. "I mean, we got those three to start, but I let in some shots. Tough one to lose tonight."
Toronto scored just 59 seconds into the contest when Bozak jammed it in from the right side, but Chicago tied the game 10 minutes later as Shaw brought the puck out of the left corner and snapped it home from the slot.
The Leafs made it a 2-1 game moments after the Chicago goal when Phil Kessel fired a shot on net from the slot that Lupul redirected home, and it was a 3-1 game with 3:07 to play in the first when MacArthur cleaned up the garbage at the left side for his 19th of the season.
Chicago got one back, though, with 29.5 seconds left in the first after Kruger redirected home a Nick Leddy shot from the right point.
Kane tied the game when he was able to snap home a rebound from the right side at the 8:33 mark of the second and Hossa gave Chicago its first lead of the game when he fought off a checker in the slot and wristed a shot past Gustavsson with 7:54 left in the middle portion.
The third period passed scoreless until Hossa put the puck in the empty net with 16 seconds to play.
Brown scored moments later to make it a one-goal game, but it was with 3.3 seconds left in the contest.
Chicago plays its next three games on the road, starting in Ottawa on Friday...Toronto plays in Montreal on Saturday...Chicago has won seven straight against Toronto...Toronto went 1-for-3 on the power play while Chicago was 0-for-2.
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