Buffalo struck first on a mini-breakaway by Jason Pominville after Brent Seabrook was caught up ice. Marian Hossa dumped a blind pass into the offensive end which was turned quickly into a break for the Sabres. Pominville placed a perfect shot above Corey Crawford’s right shoulder for the score.
The Hawks tied the game on Andrew Shaw’s fifth goal of the season. Just as a power play was ending, Duncan Keith blasted one on net which Shaw put in for the rebound score.
A second power play produced another goal when a Brent Seabrook blast was rebounded by Jonathan Toews for his 25th of the season. Shaw provided a screen on the play.
The Hawks hit two posts in the period and finished with 14 shots to Buffalo’s 10.