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Blackhawks 2, Senators 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 2, Senators 0
Ottawa Senators 0, Chicago Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO (AP) -Cristobal Huet found himself watching more than playing early in the season because the Chicago Blackhawks' other goaltender, Nikolai Khabibulin, was performing so well.

With Khabibulin banged up and unable to go the last six games, Huet stepped in. And Wednesday night, he stepped up.

Huet stopped 23 saves to get his first shutout for Chicago as the Blackhawks beat the Ottawa Senators 2-0.

"He had a spectacular night, some significant, high-quality saves and a couple of them on the penalty kill," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

It was Huet's first NHL shutout since March 29, 2008, against Florida when he was with Washington and the 18th of his career. He signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Chicago as a free agent during the offseason.

Chicago put Khabibulin on waivers in September, but when no deal could be made to move him, he stuck with the Blackhawks and played so well he became the starter.

Now with Khabibulin out, Huet has responded.

"You can tell he's definitely getting more confident and it's good to see get a shutout," said Chicago's Patrick Kane, who scored the game's first goal but also was whistled for three high-sticking penalties, the final one a double minor.

But the Blackhawks' penalty-killing unit was able to keep the Senators from scoring.

"We've got a four-minute power play and a 5-on-3 and we've got to come up with something," Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg said. "We're standing still. We've got to move, the puck's got to move."

But Huet made sure that even when the Senators did have a good shot, they couldn't convert.

"Nothing special," he said. "I was able to see the puck and it was just being there at the right time, I guess. ... You feel good about yourself and you feel good when it is a tight game like that."

Kane scored a power-play goal on a deflected wrist shot from the right circle, 5:17 into the game, against backup goalie Martin Gerber, who also played well after the early score. Chicago got its second goal on an empty-netter from Troy Brouwer with 40 seconds left.

"Too bad for Martin. He was very sharp," Hartsburg said. "Huet made some big saves."

The Senators, 4-1-3 in their previous eight games, entered tied with Tampa Bay for the fewest goals in the NHL. They had a 5-on-3 advantage for 64 seconds in the opening period, but managed only one shot and finished the game 0-for-6 on the power play.

Huet's stop of a point-blank attempt by Dany Heatley highlighted another penalty-kill by the Blackhawks in the second period. And then minutes later, with Chicago on a power play, he made a body save on a short-handed breakaway attempt by Mike Fisher.

"It was a tough loss. We've got to be better than that," Fisher said.

The Senators got off four shots in a third-period power play, but Huet was there to protect the shutout and the lead.

Notes: Chicago's Kris Versteeg, tied for the NHL rookie-scoring lead with 22 points, served a one-game suspension for fighting Phoenix's Kyle Turris following a scrum with just over a second left Sunday night. ... Khabibulin, who has a lower-body injury, dressed. He could return Friday night when Chicago plays at Colorado. ... Senators C Dean McAmmond missed his sixth game due to pneumonia. ... Gerber, who had a leg muscle injury early in the season, got the start after top goalie Alex Auld had been in net for 11 straight games. ... The Blackhawks had their 14th straight home sellout, two more than all of last season.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:17
CHI
PPG - Patrick Kane (13) ASST: Patrick Sharp (10)
1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
19:19
CHI
EN - Troy Brouwer (3) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
03:31
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Craig Adams
11:24
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi-sticking against  Dany Heatley
12:20
CHI
Duncan Keith  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:20
OTT
Mike Fisher  Holding the stick against  Patrick Kane
2nd Period
02:26
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi-sticking against  Chris Phillips
04:39
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Troy Brouwer
04:39
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
08:18
OTT
Jason Smith  Holding against  Colin Fraser
13:58
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi stick - double minor against  Nick Foligno
3rd Period
00:40
OTT
Alexandre Picard  Hooking against  Martin Havlat
02:50
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:26
CHI
Matt Walker  Tripping against  Chris Kelly
11:10
OTT
Chris Neil  Hi-sticking against  Patrick Sharp
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
SA: 29TOI: 59:06
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .966SH: 0 - 0
Cristobal Huet
SA: 23TOI: 59:46
Saves: 23EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0