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Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 6, Senators 5

10/29/2013

CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators at the United Center on Tuesday.

How it happened: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews made up for another rough performance by goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin by scoring three consecutive goals and rallying his team back from a two-goal deficit. The Senators chased Khabibulin with four goals in the game's first 32 minutes. The final goal on Khabibulin was scored at 11:14 of the second period and put the Senators ahead 4-2. From there, it was Toews' show. He scored on a wraparound at 14:30 of the second period to make it 4-3, was set up in front of the net by Johnny Oduya to tie the score in the third period and then finally knocked home a loose puck to put the Blackhawks ahead 5-4. Andrew Shaw scored his second goal of the night to give the Blackhawks a 6-4 lead. The Senators' Zack Smith provided the game's final goal. Marian Hossa also scored for the Blackhawks. Milan Michalek, Kyle Turris, Joe Corvo and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators. Corey Crawford replaced Khabibulin and made 14 saves on 15 shots.

What it means: The Blackhawks have somehow pulled out points in Khabibulin's past two starts. He has given up 10 goals on 47 shots in his past two games. He gave up six goals on 25 shots against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. In that game, the Blackhawks scored five goals and lost 6-5 in overtime. It may still be early in the season, but Khabibulin's woes have to be a concern for the Blackhawks. They could look to Antti Raanta, whom they signed from Finland last season. Raanta has played in seven games and has a 5-1-0 record with a 2.40 goals-against average and .926 save percentage for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

Player of the game: Toews provide the heroics with three goals and one assist. It was his third career regular-season hat trick.

What's next: The Blackhawks will play another set of back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. They're on the road against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and home against the Calgary Flames on Sunday.