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RECAP: Blackhawks Top Panthers in SO, 3-2

Chicago closes out four-game road trip with back-to-back wins in Florida

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks closed out their four-game road trip with their second straight win in Florida, a 3-2 shootout result over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at the BB&T Center. 

Jonathan Toews and Drake Caggiula both scored on redirections in front, while Corey Crawford stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced in regulation and overtime. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Crawford kept the Blackhawks in it late, including a stretch over the last half of regulation where Florida outshot Chicago 19-4. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: With a goal and an assist, Toews notched his 16th multi-point game of the season and fourth in his last eight contests. He also converted his shootout attempt in the win, the 50th shootout goal of his career (most in NHL). 

UP NEXT: Chicago returns home to host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at the United Center (TICKETS).


GAME RECAP

The Panthers struck first in the opening frame as Mike Hoffman picked off a Brandon Saad pass back to the point and went the length of the ice, cutting in across the slot from the left flank and beating Crawford in the process for a 1-0 lead at 4:07. 

Chicago answered back just past the halfway point of the first as Toews redirected an Adam Boqvist shot-pass from the point at the corner of the crease and past Sergei Bobrovsky in goal, tying things up 1-1 at 12:54. 

Video: CHI@FLA: Toews deflects puck past Bobrovsky

The Blackhawks again got a redirected shot past Bobrovsky as Drake Caggiula tipped home a one-timer by Connor Murphy at 6:21 for a 2-1 Blackhawks lead. Toews set up Murphy's blast from the point for his second point of the night by stripping the puck off a Panthers defender along the boards and finding the blueliner. 

Video: CHI@FLA: Kubalik deflects home Murphy's point shot

The Panthers put forth an offensive onslaught in the third, outshooting the Blackhawks 17-2 in the final frame, including a late equalizer by Mike Matheson off a 2-on-1 rush at 18:32 to make it a 2-2 game. 

Five minutes of overtime with a combined seven shots and several near misses was not enough and the teams went to a shootout. 

Toews and Kane converted their shootout attempts, while Crawford came up with two stops as the Blackhawks took the 3-2 result in the skills competition. 

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