CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks weren't deterred by an
anemic first-period power play.
They just waited until the middle 20 minutes to get their
Jocelyn Thibault stopped 15 shots, and Lyle Odelein, Phil
Housley, Kyle Calder and Mark Bell scored as the Blackhawks
defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1 Thursday night despite going
0-for-6 with the man-advantage in the first period.
Thibault has allowed a league-low three goals in three games
The Blackhawks outshot the Panthers 17-4 in the first period,
but didn't beat goaltender Roberto Luongo in the opening 20 minutes
because many of the attempts weren't prime chances.
"We didn't get enough traffic in front of the net in the first
period,'' Housley said. "We weren't very effective in that part of
the game, but in all other aspects we played good.''
Although the Blackhawks didn't connect early, they weren't
"We should have played a lot better in the first period on the
power play,'' captain Alex Zhamnov said. "In the second period, we
just shot the puck and had guys in front. That's why we scored the
Chicago outscored Florida 3-1 in the second, then added an
insurance goal early in the third. The Blackhawks were 1-for-12 on
the power play, and Florida finished 0-for-5.
"You can't really get involved in a game if you're going to
kill the penalties off you did tonight,'' Florida coach Mike Keenan
said. "You take yourself out of the game by getting into that kind
of penalty trouble.''
Kristian Huselius gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead 54 seconds into
the second. After he pulled up and spun to shake off Chicago
defenseman Steve Poapst, Huselius lofted a shot past Thibault from
the left circle.
Odelein tied it 1-1 at 3:41 during 4-on-4 play with a shot from
the slot that appeared to deflect in through traffic.
Housley gave Chicago a 2-1 lead during more 4-on-4 action with
8:24 left in the second. He popped a shot between Luongo's pads
from a sharp angle after circling the net.
Calder made it 3-1 with a power-play goal with 3:11 remaining in
the period. Luongo made a glove save on Tyler Arnason's shot, but
the puck popped up and Calder batted it in.
Bell's goal from behind the net at 1:24 of the third period
increased Chicago's lead to 4-1. While sliding on the ice, Bell
pushed the puck to the side of the net. It deflected off Luongo and
over the goal line.
Luongo finished with 38 saves.
Chicago has just three goals in 27 power-play attempts this
season. ... Florida C Viktor Kozlov, who entered tied for the team
scoring lead with five points, missed the game because of sore
ribs. Kozlov, injured Tuesday in a 4-1 loss at Minnesota, is
day-to-day. ... Luongo has started all four Panthers games.