Well, I got the score right, just not the right team. The Chicago Blackhawks left Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia last night with a 5-4 shootout victory. In a very back and forth game, the Blackhawks scored the goal to tie the game up in the second period which took the game to a shootout.
Nik Antropov got the scoring going just 3:14 into the game. Dustin Byfuglien took the original shot that was blocked but got it back and played catch with Enstrom before dishing it to his right to Antropov who blasted a shot by Marty Turco. Jonathan Toews got his night going when he beat Ondrej Pavelec 9:52 into the period to tie the game up. After a failed clearing attempt the Hawks Brent Seabrook took a shot that caromed off the back boards for an easy tap in for Toews. Patrick Kane gave the Hawks the lead going into the intermission when he scored with 3:57 left in the first.
3:02 into the second and the other Kane got his name on the score sheet after taking a feed from Zach Bogosian and beating Turco with a slapshot. All of the first four goals of this game came on the powerplay. Atlanta retook the lead just 55 seconds later when Alexander Burmistrov picked up his own shot off the post and put the rebound in past
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Turco. Toews came right back, however, to tie the game just 45 seconds later. Toews gathered up a loose puck and beat the defenseman for a breakaway and made no mistake in finishing for his second of the night. Rich Peverley scored the third Thrashers powerplay goal on a beautiful passing play between him Antropov and Ladd. It was Peverley's 100th point as an Atlanta Thrasher. Not to be outdone by his fellow superstar, Patrick Kane got his second of the night when Toews stole the puck from Pavelec and dished it to Kane who backhanded it into the wide open net.
No goals were scored in the third period or overtime although there was a lot of exciting, end to end action. Viktor Stalberg ended up being the difference in the shootout, scoring on his first attempt ever. The three stars of the game were Jonathan Toews (1) Nik Antropov (2) and Patrick Kane (3). Overall it was a very entertaining game and despite coming out on the losing end, I'm sure the four former Blackhawks had fun playing against their former teammates. Tune in later when I highlight the Game of the Night for tonight 11/7, there are four games on hand.