The Hawks scored after a Dan Carcillo steal at the Edmonton blue line. He quickly found Jonathan Toews in the middle of the ice, who tallied using a defenseman as a screen while goalie Devan Dubnyk let a soft shot get by him. It was Toews 22nd goal of the season.
On the other end of the ice, Corey Crawford made a huge save on a Ryan Jones break-away chance with just over a minute left in the period. Jones bodied Duncan Keith to gain possession at center ice and was in alone but Crawford stayed with him the whole way as Jones faked to Crawford’s right and tried to come back to his left.
Each team had 10 shots on net. Edmonton’s star rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins left the game in the first period for undisclosed reasons after taking five shifts.