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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Jets 3, Hawks 1

By Scott Powers


CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Winnipeg Jets' 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks dominated the Jets through two periods, but they were unable to capitalize on their chances and later paid for it. The Blackhawks outshot the Jets 27-6 after two periods, and only had a Brandon Bollig goal to show for it. The Jets turned the tables in the third period. Blake Wheeler tied the score at 8:16 with a shot from the right circle, and Andrew Ladd puts the Jets ahead when he grabbed a Marian Hossa turnover and scored from the high slot at 12:53. Wheeler added an empty-netter later in the period. Jets goaltender Al Montoya made 33 saves, and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 18 saves.

What it means: The Blackhawks continue to have a rough January. They fell to 4-3-5 in the month and dropped their third consecutive game. They're 32-10-12 on the season. The Jets improved to 25-24-5. The Blackhawks outscored the Jets 15-5 in their first three meetings this season. Patrick Kane played in his 500th career regular-season game.

Player of the game: Montoya, who is from the Chicago area, kept the Jets in the game while they struggled during the first two periods.

Stat of the game: The Jets outshot the Blackhawks 15-7 in the third period.

What's next: The Blackhawks hit the road for six consecutive games before the Olympic break. Their next game is against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The Blackhawks won't play at the United Center again until March 4.