Atlanta at Chicago

Blackhawks 5, Thrashers 4 (SO) wire reports

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews wasn't about to let yet another shaky second period by his Chicago Blackhawks cost them the game.

Toews scored the lone shootout goal to give the Blackhawks their third straight victory, 5-4 over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday.

The Blackhawks surged ahead in the first period, taking a 3-1 lead on goals by Patrick Sharp, Kim Johnsson and Marian Hossa.

But they let up in the second, and Atlanta took advantage with goals by Evander Kane, Maxim Afinogenov and Tobias Enstrom to give the Thrashers a 4-3 lead.

"We always seem to ease off the gas a little in the second period and help them keep it a game," Toews said. "It's one of the things we need to do better."

In their last five games, the Blackhawks have been outscored 7-0 in the second period. In their last 10, they've been outscored 11-5 in the middle frame.

"If we get easy goals in the first period, maybe we're thinking the game's already over," Toews said.

Chicago's Dave Bolland scored early in the third period to get the game to overtime. The Blackhawks peppered Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec with 14 shots in the third period and four more in overtime before Toews finally got one past him in the first round of the shootout.

Hossa scored his NHL-leading fifth short-handed goal, but was shouldered in the head by Atlanta's Colby Armstrong in the third period and is listed as day-to-day. Chicago plays at Columbus on Sunday before the Olympic break, and Hossa is scheduled to skate for Slovakia in the Vancouver Games.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa "was doubtful" for Sunday's game.

Johnsson, a defenseman, connected in his first game with the Blackhawks. He was acquired Friday along with Nick Leddy in a deal that sent Cam Barker to Minnesota.

Jim Slater also scored for the Thrashers.

"It was a game where you had a false lead, that it was going to be easy. That there would be offense without needing to check," Quenneville said. "The game got turned around. We were fortunate to come out with two points."

Pavelec stopped 36 shots through overtime, and was sharp late in the game to force the shootout.

"I think it was a good point against a great team," Pavelec said. "We started slow a little bit in the first period, but we came back and scored three goals in the second period.

"I was a little lucky there in the third a few times, but in the last three games we got four points and it's pretty good."

Chicago rookie backup goalie Antti Niemi made 23 saves, but allowed soft goals to Slater and Afinogenov.


The crowd of 22,275 was the Blackhawks' largest this season and their 81st straight sellout. ... Atlanta played its final game before the Olympic break. Five Thrashers will compete in the Olympic Games Pavelec and D Pavel Kubina (Czech Republic), D Enstrom and D Johnny Oduya (Sweden), and RW Afinogenov (Russia). ... Six Blackhawks will head to Vancouver D Duncan Keith, D Brent Seabrook and Toews (Canada), RW Patrick Kane (U.S.) and RW Hossa and RW Tomas Kopecky (Slovakia). ... Chicago C John Madden missed the game with a lower-body injury and is expected to return following the Olympic break. Blackhawks LW Ben Eager missed his third game with a lower-body injury ... Atlanta D Mark Popovic sat out his second game with upper-body injury.

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Atlanta (25-25-9)13000 (0)4
Chicago  (40-15-5) «30101 (1)5
Three Stars
P. Sharp

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
P. Kane

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
K. Johnsson

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
03:41Jim Slater (8), Wrap Shot. Assist: Armstrong, Kubina
07:31Power Play - Patrick Sharp (18), Snap Shot. Assist: Kane, Keith
09:44Kim Johnsson (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Kane, Sharp
13:14Short - Marian Hossa (17), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
04:09Evander Kane (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Oduya, Antropov
13:30Maxim Afinogenov (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kane, Kulda
18:39Power Play - Tobias Enstrom (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Antropov, Kubina
04:21Dave Bolland (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sharp, Campbell
 Jonathan Toews (7), GOAL
Penalty Summary
07:23Armstrong, 2 min, Holding
12:21Byfuglien, 2 min, Holding
17:51Brouwer, 2 min, Holding
01:56Antropov, 2 min, Tripping
05:27White, 2 min, Holding
09:37Hjalmarsson, 2 min, Interference
18:22Kopecky, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
19:07Toews, 2 min, Tripping
03:13Armstrong, 2 min, Roughing
03:13Versteeg, 2 min, Roughing
05:14Afinogenov, 2 min, Hooking
15:49Enstrom, 2 min, Tripping
04:33Kubina, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
Ondrej Pavelec 64:3336421
Antti Niemi 64:3323430
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Referees - Chris Lee, Gord Dwyer
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Dan Schachte
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