Hawks hold on against Sabres

After beating the Blue Jackets soundly on Thursday, the Hawks traveled from Chicago to Patrick Kane’s hometown of Buffalo, where they defeated the Sabres 2-1. Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves, but it wasn’t enough as Chicago took the win.

 

The Hawks came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and jumped to an early lead on a goal by Kane, who sped through all the Buffalo defenders to put one past Enroth.

 

The Sabres would appear to tie it up on the power play on an egregious misplay by Corey Crawford, but the referee ruled the play dead on goaltender interference and the two teams would instead go to four-on-four hockey.  Buffalo would tie it for real on a goal by Drew Strafford, after a pass from Cory Conacher skittered through the crease for a tap in just before the halfway mark of the period.

 

After a back-and-forth scoreless second period that provided good opportunities for both teams, it was Jonathan Toews who finally broke the tie off of a pass from Brandon Saad that found him in front of the net and able to put it behind Enroth.

 

The goal would prove to be the game winner, as the Sabres couldn't put another puck past Crawford, who made some stellar saves in the last half of the third, including withstanding a flurry of activity by the Sabres in the last few seconds.

 

Stars of the Game:

1.Jonathan Toews: 1 G, 2 SOG, 22:17 TOI

2. Patrick Kane: 1 G, 4 SOG, 20:00 TOI

3. Cory Conacher: 1 A, 3 SOG, 15:02 TOI

 

Quick Hits

-Toews has been red hot lately, with 6 goals in his last four games, stemming from Andrew Shaw’s promotion to the top line.

- Brent Seabrook recently held his ICE Bowl, a night of bowling with the Hawks that raises money for scholarships for hockey players in the Chicago area.

-Conacher made his Sabres debut tonight after being picked up from the Senators on waivers.

 

The Hawks travel to Colorado to face division-rival Avalanche on Wednesday.  Puck drops at 8:30 C.T.

 

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