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Beyak: Blackhawks drop Jets below .500 with win

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Dennis Beyak
11/22/2013 1:23:00 AM
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Chicago Black Hawks 6 Winnipeg Jets 3 – The Blackhawks now lead the season series three games to none and dropped the Winnipeg Jets back below the .500 mark at 10-11-3 with the win. The Jets home record is now 7-6-2.

The Hawks dominated the first period, outshooting the Jets 12-2 and taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Patrick Kane that extended his point streak to nine. It was a power play goal scored on Chicago's second power play of the period.

The Hawks took a 2-0 lead at 3:03 of the second on a great shot from the slot by Brandon Saad, but 19 seconds later Andrew Ladd scored his sixth to make it a one goal game. Both those goals came with the teams playing four on four. 29 seconds later, with the Jets penalty over and the Winnipeg now on a power play, Keaton Ellerby scored his first as a Jet to tie the game. It was three goals in a span of 48 seconds.

At 11:03 Jonathan Toews regained the lead for Chicago with his 11th of the year, but 2:27 later the Jets again tied the game with a five on three power play goal by Dustin Byfuglien, his sixth goal of the season. Byfuglien has now scored four of the Jets five power play goals over the past four games. His goal streak is at four as is his point streak (5-2-7). He has now scored six goals in the last six games. The Jets outshot Chicago 14-8 in the second.

Winnipeg started the third with a couple of chances before the Hawks scored two 2:11 apart to put the game away. Marian Hossa with his 10th and Ben Smith with his third regained Chicago's two goal lead. Patrick Sharp ended it with an empty net goal, his eighth while Toews ended with a four-point night, his fourth career four-point game. So for the second straight game the Jets fought back to tie the game but could not get the lead.

It was another two-point night for Bryan Little, he had one Monday vs Calgary, who now moves into third place in franchise scoring behind Ilya Kovalchuk and Slava Kozlov. Ladd and Byfuglien also had two-point nights for the Jets. Ladd had six shots on goal as did Byfuglien, his second straight six-shot game.

“It became evident we have a ways to go,” said coach Claude Noel. “We didn't have enough good players, enough strong players. We lost a lot of battles.” When asked if he was concerned about players not getting up for one of the top teams, “yes, that would be correct,” was his response.

Captain Andrew Ladd said post game, “some guys showed up, some guys didn't.”

Byfuglien had 28:20 in ice time to lead the team. Little had a tough first period in the face-off department; he got better as the game went on but still finished at 26%. Devin Setoguchi saw only one shift in the third, while for Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler it's now 10 games without a goal.

Jets close out the three-game home stand Saturday afternoon against Minnesota (TSN Jets, TSN 1290), and then leave on a six-game road trip, all games against Eastern Conference opponents. Saturday could see the return of Mark Stuart who has missed the past 10 games because of injury.

Chicago Blackhawks celebrate (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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