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Blackhawks score 4 in third, beat Sabres 6-2 in home opener

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CHICAGO - Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp scored in Chicago's four-goal third period, and the Blackhawks beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 in their home opener on Saturday night.

Andrew Shaw had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who earned their fifth consecutive win against the Sabres. Brandon Saad had a career-high three assists and Corey Crawford made 21 saves.

Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis scored in the first period for Buffalo, which lost 3-1 to Columbus in its season opener on Thursday night. Drew Stafford had two assists and Jhonas Enroth had 41 stops.

The Sabres and Blackhawks were tied at 2 before Kane one-timed a backhand pass from Shaw past Enroth at 5:58 of the third. It was the first of the season for the Buffalo native, who has five career goals against his hometown team.

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