ATLANTA -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-4 shootout win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday at Philips Arena.
How it happened: A wild, back-and-forth affair saw eight goals scored in the first two periods but nothing got by the goaltenders in the third period or in overtime. Viktor Stalberg got the winning goal in the shootout, when Jonathan Toews also scored.
Toews and Patrick Kane came alive in the game, each scoring two goals in regulation. Toews added two assists and his line, with Stalberg and Kane, dominated in the offensive zone. Kane had eight shots on net, but missed on his shootout attempt.
Both teams took some weak penalties and the power-play units took advantage. Atlanta scored three times with the man advantage while the Hawks tallied twice.
What it means: It wasn’t pretty, but the Hawks won after scrambling for much of the second period, bringing their record to 8-7-1.
Former Hawks: Former Hawks Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd each had an assist in the game. Byfuglien had six shots on net. Ladd converted the lone shootout goal for the Thrashers, while Byfuglien missed his attempt.
Morin’s debut: Jeremy Morin, traded from Atlanta to Chicago this past offseason, made his NHL debut but left with a leg injury after making a diving block on a Johnny Oduya shot early in the third period. Morin writhed in pain on the ice before the whistle blew and then limped off with the help of the training staff. Morin played 9:32 with three shots on goal before leaving. His shots at the net were impressive and forced Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec to make some big saves.
What’s next: The Hawks continue a hectic early-season schedule, taking on the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Oilers embarrassed the Hawks in Chicago in early November, putting up seven goals in one of the worst home losses, 7-4, in recent memory.