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Huet, Kane keep Senators reeling on the road

Dec 11, 2008 - 5:49 AM
CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Cristobal Huet is making a case to remain the Chicago Blackhawks' No. 1 goaltender.

Huet made 23 saves and Patrick Kane scored a power-play goal as the Blackhawks extended their home winning streak to three games Wednesday with a 2-0 triumph over the Ottawa Senators.

Troy Brouwer added an empty-net tally for the Blackhawks, who improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games overall and 9-1-4 at the United Center this season.

"Their top line is very dangerous and Huet was spectacular," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

Making his sixth consecutive start in place of the injured Nikolai Khabibulin, Huet turned aside nine shots in the first period and seven in each of the final two sessions en route to his first shutout of the season and 18th career.

"It feels great, but the guys did a great job on the penalty kill," Huet said. "I was able to move well and made some good saves."

Huet was signed to a four-year, $22.54 million contract over the summer despite the fact Khabibulin had one year at $6.75 million remaining on the four-year, $27 million deal he inked in July 2005.

Khabibulin has missed Chicago's last six games with a lower body injury but served as Huet's backup for this one.

Martin Gerber made 28 saves for the Senators, who fell to 0-5-2 in their last seven road games.

"They are much better than when the lockout ended," Gerber said of the Blackhawks. "They are a much-improved team. They have young players who play with a lot of energy."

With Ottawa's Jarkko Ruutu in the penalty box for roughing, Kane gave Huet all the support he needed less than 5 1/2 minutes into the game.

After receiving a pass from Patrick Sharp at the bottom of the right faceoff circle, Kane skated toward the hash marks and unleashed a shot. As he was releasing the puck, it hit the blade of Antoine Vermette's stick and fluttered past Gerber and inside the left goalpost at 5:17, giving the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

"Sharp made a great pass to me and I saw an opening on low blocker," Kane said. "But the puck went up and in. You get those once in a while, and I'll take it."

"He just circled out and got position in front of me," Gerber said. "Then the puck took a hop and someone tried to bat it away. When he shot it, it went up over me and wobbled in."

Kane then made things a bit difficult for Huet, committing four high-sticking penalties, including a double-minor with six minutes remaining in the second period.

"He sure was on the scoresheet a lot," Quenneville said. "The goal was great, but we need him on the ice, and we will have a talk about that. ... We did a great job on the 5-on-3."

Kane defended taking the double-minor but had no excuses for the other two penalties.

"The double-minor was a case of them starting to take runs at me," he said. "If that is going to happen, I will protect myself. Teams need to know that. The other two penalties were undisciplined."

But the French-born Huet stood tall, making his best save on Dany Heatley during a power play created by Kane three minutes into the middle session.

"Yeah, that was good, but I owed the team after I didn't see a shot during the 5-on-3," Huet said of the stop on Heatley.

The Senators, who went 0-for-6 on the power play, admitted their futility was the difference in the game.

"Special teams hurt us tonight," Senators coach Craig Hartsburg said. "Our power play has to be better than that. We didn't move the puck very well when we had the advantage."

"We had chances on them and did not take advantage of it," Gerber added. "Our PK was good, but not good enough."

Brouwer tallied with 41 seconds remaining in the third to seal the win as Chicago improved to 6-2-2 all-time at home against Ottawa.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 0 0 0 0
    CHICAGO 1 0 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) PATRICK KANE 13 (PATRICK SHARP) 5:17
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: CHI - (EN) TROY BROUWER 3 (UNASSISTED) 19:19
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: OTT - 0 OF 6, CHI - 1 OF 6.
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 0
    CHICAGO 2
    3RD PRD: CHI - (EN) TROY BROUWER 3 (UNASSISTED) 19:19

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0 0
    CHICAGO 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) PATRICK KANE 13 (PATRICK SHARP) 5:17
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CHI 12 7 19
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 0 0
    CHICAGO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) PATRICK KANE 13 (PATRICK SHARP) 5:17
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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