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Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Panthers 2 (SO)

10/22/2013

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center.

How it happened: Jonathan Toews' power-play goal at 5:18 of the second period broke up a scoreless game. It was Toews' second power-play goal of the season. Left winger Bryan Bickell gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead at 16:49 in the second period with his second goal of the season. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford stopped Jonathan Huberdeau's penalty shot midway through the second period after the Panthers center was taken down from behind. Florida's Tomas Fleischmann broke up the shutout when he converted a pass from Aleksander Barkov from the right of Crawford while sliding to the ice. Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov snapped a shot by Crawford from 41 feet out to tie the score at 2-2 at the 11:51 mark of the third period. Patrick Kane missed a breakaway opportunity on Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom, who came on in the third period, with a minute-and-a-half left in the overtime. Toews and Patrick Sharp both scored goals in the shootout, and Crawford stopped the first two shots he faced in the shootout.

What it means: The Blackhawks won for the fifth time in the past six games. The two points moved Chicago within two points of the Colorado Avalanche, who occupy the top of the Central Division standings. The Blackhawks and Avalanche won't meet until Nov. 19 in Denver. Chicago's win was the second in four shootout encounters this season.

Player of the game: Toews scored one of the Blackhawks' two shootout goals, and had the first goal of the game on the power play.

Stat of the game: Toews won 15 faceoffs as the Blackhawks controlled 34 of the 61 drops from the circle.

What's next: The Blackhawks play at Tampa Bay on Thursday before returning home. They'll take on Minnesota on Saturday.