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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Second-period wrap: Hawks 4, Leafs 3

By Jon Greenberg

For the second straight start, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was pulled for Ray Emery and the defensive pairing of Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya was broken up after one period.

Most importantly for the flagging Blackhawks, they took the lead with two goals. Chicago led Toronto 4-3 after two periods Wednesday night.

Patrick Kane scored to tie the game, poking in the Hawks’ third goal as Leafs defenseman Joey Crabb tried to ride him past Jonas Gustavsson. Andrew Brunette was positioned at the left post, blocking the Toronto goaltender.

Marian Hossa’s goal gave the Hawks the lead. Toronto’s Matt Frattin missed an opportunity to steal the puck from Hossa, who was skating right to left. He fired an easy goal at the right post.

Blackhawks rookie tough guy Brandon Bollig got in a fight in his first game with a five-minute major, scrapping with Luke Schenn.