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The Chicago Blackhawks Defeat The Ottawa Senators Powered by the Captain!

By Sean Fitzgerald

Oct 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) is defended by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks welcomed the Ottawa Senators to the United Center On Tuesday night.  The Blackhawks were coming off a dominating win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday 5 -1. On the flip side of the coin, the Senators were coming off a 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

The two major story lines of Tuesday’s  were the bad play of Nikolai Khabibulin and the dominating performance of Jonathan Toews.

1st Period:  The first period saw 27 shots attempts between both teams.  The scoring was very limited in the 1st period. Andrew Shaw would score a greasy goal on a tip in from a blast by Patrick Sharp. Milan Michalek would answer the Shaw goal late in the 1st period. Khabibulin and Craig Anderson had been evenly matched in the first period. The score was 1-1.

2nd Period:  In the second period Kyle Turris would give the the Senators up 2-1 on a power play goal. That Blackhawks would answer with a goal from Marian Hossa. Marian Hossa kicked off the 2nd period scoring for the Blackhawks with his 100th goal with the franchise. Hossa scored on the team that drafted him number six in the 1997 draft.  The Senators would take a 4-2 lead on goals from Joe Corvo and Mika Zibanejad. Khabubilan would be pulled in favor of Corey Crawford after allowing his fourth goal of the game.  Jonathan Toews would get his first goal of the game right before the end of the 2nd period. After two period the score was 4-3 Senators.

3rd Period: The third period would be started by a another goal by Jonathan Toews. This would be the second of goal of the night for the Captain. Toews would continue his offensive explosion in the 3rd period. He would get his third goal with 9:13 left in the third period.  Hats would come raining down on the ice to honor the Toews for his 3rd regular season hat trick. Andrew Shaw would put the Blackhawks up for good with the sixth goal of the night. Zack Smith would make it interesting by scoring an unassisted goal late in the third period.  The Blackhawks would survive a late surge from the Senators. Hossa would cap off a strong night with shot block to end the game.

The final score of the game was 6-5 in favor of the Blackhawks.

News and notes:

  • Tuesday was the first time in the past two season that Joel Quenneville had to pull a goalie.
  • First regular season hat trick for the Blackhawks since Viktor Stalberg on 1/10/12 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Sheldon Brookbank started over Michal Rozsival for the second night in a row.
  • Third Career regular season hat trick for Toews.
  • The Ottawa Senators have not won in Chicago since 2001.

The Chicago Blackhawks are off until Saturday when they take on the Winnipeg Jets at 2:00pm.