- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: The Blackhawks scored in just one period, but that was all they needed. They put away three pucks in the second, when they piled up 20 shots on goal. Forward Bryan Bickell opened the scoring with a goal at 5:32 of the period -- his first of the season. Blackhawks defenseman Mike Kostka notched the team’s second goal, which was the first of his NHL career. Finally, Brandon Pirri put the Blackhawks ahead 3-1 with a power-play goal.
Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 19 saves. The Blackhawks were 4-for-5 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play. They have scored power-play goals in five games this season. Nazem Kadri scored the Maple Leafs’ goal.
What it means: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville rearranged his lines heading into Saturday’s game, and the Blackhawks found some success with the new order. They hadn’t scored more than two goals in regulation since Oct. 11. Yet, they likely won’t still be pleased with the production. The Blackhawks had 40 shots on goal and only the three goals to show for it. They also failed to score in the third period for the seventh consecutive game. The Blackhawks improved to 5-1-2, and the Maple Leafs fell to 6-3-0 on the season. Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland faced his former team for the first time since being traded to Toronto in July. He was drafted by the Blackhawks and helped them win two Stanley Cups. He was recognized with a video in the first period and received a standing ovation.
Stat of the game: Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger played a team-high 4:47 on the penalty kill.
Player of the game: Pirri continued to prove himself worthy of his recent NHL call-up. He had the primary assist on Kostka’s goal and delivered with his own goal. He has scored in each of the past two games.
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