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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Ducks 2

By Jesse Rogers

CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at the United Center.

How it happened: The Hawks win their first shootout of the season as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored on Jonas Hiller while Corey Crawford stopped two of three shooters. A seesaw affair had the Hawks looking very average at times and dazzling at others, thanks mostly to Kane. After a poor second-period effort, Patrick Sharp tied the game on a beauty of a set-up by Kane in the third and the Hawks had new life. Kane also set up Marian Hossa with a spin-o-rama move on the Hawks first goal. Ryan Getzlaf scored just the second power-play goal against the Hawks this season and the first in six games. Teemu Selanne scored after a turnover by Kane and Duncan Keith.

What it means: The Hawks improved to 5-1-2 and earned some much-needed confidence in shootouts with a solid finish. Kane did it all, assisting on the two regulation goals and scoring in the shootout. He also turned a puck over that ended up in the Hawks net, but he mostly dominated with the puck. The Hawks have earned a point in seven consecutive games, a feat they didn’t accomplish until late in the year a season ago.

The play: Kane made the highlight-reel move of the young season. As he had the puck on the right wing late in the second period, he spun on his defender, sending a blind pass through the slot and onto Hossa’s stick. Hossa finished for the instant “SportsCenter” moment.

What’s next: The Hawks get back to practice Wednesday and Thursday before traveling to North Carolina for a Friday matchup with the Hurricanes.