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Toews scores only goal in shootout, gives Blackhawks 5-4 win over Islanders

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CHICAGO - Jonathan Toews netted the only goal in the shootout, after posting a short-handed goal and assist in regulation, and the Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the New York Islanders 5-4 on Friday night.

Corey Crawford stopped New York's Frans Nielsen and Nino Niederreiter in the shootout. Matt Moulson, the final Islanders shooter, hit the post to end the game.

Andrew Brunette, rookie Ben Smith and Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, who overcame a sluggish start and defensive breakdowns.

Niederreiter, a 19-year-old rookie, scored his first goal of the season midway through the third period to tie the game at 4. His low, 35-foot shot from the slot beat Crawford on the stick side for his second NHL goal.

Moulson and P.A. Parenteau both had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, whose two-game winning streak ended. Kyle Okposo also scored for New York, and Al Montoya made 32 saves in his fourth straight start.

Crawford stopped 37 of New York's season-high 41 shots.

Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane, who has been playing centre since the start of the season, returned to right wing and skated on a line with Toews and left wing Viktor Stalberg.

Okposo's power-play goal off a big rebound 4:07 in gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead.

Brunette tied it midway through the first to complete a nifty passing play. He fired into an open net from the left edge of the crease after taking a backhand feed from Sean O'Donnell.

Moulson scored with 5:33 left in the period to put the Islanders ahead 2-1. It was his third goal in three games.

Chicago outshot New York 15-2 in the second period and led 3-2 after 40 minutes.

Smith tied it at 2 at 6:41 of the second with his first goal by lofting in a rebound of his shot after Montoya made a point-blank pad save.

Toews' short-handed goal with 1:19 left in the third put Chicago ahead 3-2. Parenteau's power-play goal 46 seconds into the third tied it again.

Sharp's power-play goal at 5:08 restored Chicago's lead at 4-3, but Niederreiter scored just under five minutes later to tie it at 4.

NOTES: Montoya, a Chicago native, faced the Blackhawks for the first time. . New York D Andrew MacDonald, second on the Islanders in ice time per game, sat out with a right leg injury and is day-to-day. His roster spot was filled by D Dylan Reese, who was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL. . New York LW Jay Pandolfo missed his second game because of a foot injury. . The Blackhawks and Islanders play again on Thursday in New York. The teams haven't met twice in a season since 2002-03. . Smith played in his third game after being recalled from Rockford of the AHL on Nov. 17.

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