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Toews scores winning goal, lifts Blackhawks to 4-2 win over Ducks

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CHICAGO - Jonathan Toews broke a tie with 1:35 left in regulation in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Toews beat goalie Jonas Hiller from the edge of the crease after taking a backhand cross-crease pass from Kris Versteeg. Dave Bolland added an empty-net goal with nine seconds left.

The Blackhawks' Martin Havlat scored during a 4-on-4 with 5:45 left in regulation to tie it 2-2. Patrick Sharp also scored, and Cristobal Huet made 30 saves in his third straight start. Nikolai Khabibulin, the Blackhawks' top goalie so far this season, missed his third game because of a groin injury.

Teemu Selanne and Chris Pronger scored for Anaheim in its second straight loss. Hiller stopped 37 shots.

The Blackhawks returned from a six-game trip to play their first game at the United Center since Nov. 16. After starting the trip 3-0, Chicago was 0-2-1 in the last three.

Chicago outshot Anaheim 17-9 in the first period. Sharp's power-play goal - on the Blackhawks' 17th shot - finally opened the scoring with 1:33 left in the frame.

Left wide open at the left hash marks, Sharp one-timed Patrick Kane's centring pass over Hiller's glove.

The Ducks dominated the second and tied it 1-1 midway through the period on Selanne's power-play goal. Selanne drove to the net and beat Huet between the legs after taking Scott Niedermayer's pass from behind the net.

Pronger gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead 48 seconds into the third when his screened wrist shot from the right point slipped between Huet's pads.

Havlat tied it 2-2 with 5:45 left in the third during a 4-on-4. He one-timed a shot from the right circle after taking Duncan Keith's cross-ice feed.

Notes: Before the game, the Blackhawks observed a moment of silence for former player Pit Martin. He died Monday when his snowmobile fell into an icy lake in Quebec. ... Former Chicago RW Steve Larmer was honoured before the contest and dropped the ceremonial first puck. Larmer played in a team-record 884 consecutive games spanning 11 seasons. ... Chicago RW Adam Burish missed his fourth game because of a foot injury. ... Anaheim C Brian Sutherby sat out his seventh game with a groin injury.

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