First-period wrap: Leafs 3, Hawks 2

February, 29, 2012
2/29/12
7:51
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
ESPNChicago.com
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The Chicago Blackhawks’ lackluster special teams continued to underwhelm in the first period Wednesday night, as Chicago went 0-1 on the power play and gave up a momentum-turning goal Toronto on the penalty kill.

Slumping Toronto, fresh off a 5-3 loss to Florida on Tuesday at home, controlled the puck and skated off to a 3-2 lead after a wild first period.

Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw scored for the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks’ big trade deadline addition defenseman Johnny Oduya was less than impressive, he was on the ice for all three Maple Leafs goals, along with his partner Brent Seabrook. He also had a stick explode on Toronto's side, but that might've been a highlight for him.

Shaw, just back up from Rockford, tied the game at 1-1, but Patrick Sharp got two minutes for hooking on the goal. Twenty seconds later, Joffrey Lupul tapped in a shot from Phil Kessel.

Tyler Bozak scored 59 seconds in, sneaking a puck under Corey Crawford, to give slumping Toronto a quick lead and Clarke MacArthur’s goal made it 3-1.



Chicago had 11 shots and Toronto had 10.

Jon Greenberg

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Jon Greenberg is a columnist for ESPNChicago.com. He has lived and worked in Chicago since 2003, and is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Chicago.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26