Rapid Reaction: Hawks 2, Jackets 1 (SO)

March, 14, 2013
3/14/13
9:06
PM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com


Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday.

How it happened: Shootout goals by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and two stops by goaltender Corey Crawford gave the Blackhawks the shootout win. Kane also set up the Blackhawks' goal. He delivered a pass through traffic to Johnny Oduya, and Oduya scored with a shot to the top shelf to put the Blackhawks ahead 1-0 in the second period. The Blue Jackets responded later in the period with a power-play goal by Jack Johnson. Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made a number of highly difficult saves and finished with 39 saves. Crawford was strong, too. He made 29 saves and improved to 12-2-3 on the season.

Player of the game: Kane provided another highlight shootout goal and dished out the assist on Oduya's goal. It was Kane’s 400th career point.

What it means: The Blackhawks had three days off since their last game and bounced back after two consecutive regulation losses. The Blackhawks are now 22-2-3 with an NHL-best 47 points. Thursday's victory marked the fourth one-goal win the Blackhawks have had over the Blue Jackets this season. Columbus is 5-0-4 in its past nine games.

What's next: The Blackhawks' four-game trip continues with a visit to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime in Dallas on Jan. 24.

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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