- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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Both teams took multiple minor penalties in the opening 20 minutes and both team’s power plays were able to convert. The Hawks scored twice with the man advantage.
The Hawks responded when Patrick Kane found Brent Seabrook, who walked into a slap shot as he came off the bench and into the Thrashers’ zone. The puck bounced off the end boards, right to Jonathan Toews, in front of the net, who had an easy tap-in.
Later, Toews got an assist on a Kane goal after a goalmouth scramble in front of Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
Rookie Jeremy Morin, making his NHL debut against the franchise that traded him, played 3:20 and had one shot on net in the opening period.
First-period wrap: The Hawks lead the Thrashers on two power-play goals.