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Khabibulin helps Blackhawks edge Ducks

Jan 29, 2009 - 7:50 PM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- The Chicago Blackhawks began their season-high road trip in impressive fashion.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 36 saves and captain Jonathan Toews scored the winning goal as the Blackhawks began their eight-game trek Wednesday with a 3-2 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks.

Adam Burish and All-Star Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, which halted a two-game slide.

"It's nice to contribute in a win," Kane said. "It's a good start to the trip. We have to keep going and look forward to LA (on Thursday)."

"I liked the energy in the room going into the game," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I liked the enthusiasm we played with from start to finish. It was kind of a response to our last two games going into the break. We've got a big trip ahead of us, and we wanted to get off to a strong start. I really liked the response."

Rookie Bobby Ryan and former Blackhawk Travis Moen tallied and All-Star defenseman Scott Niedermayer notched a pair of assists for the Ducks, who were coming off a 2-3-0 road trip.

"We created lots of chances for ourselves," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "We probably made a couple of mistakes, too many in critical areas that cost us, but I thought our work ethic was strong. ... I don't think we were rewarded for the hard work that we put in."

In a game in which all six of the starters for the Western Conference in Sunday's All-Star Game were in uniform, one of those players helped get Chicago on the board first.

Defenseman Brian Campbell unleashed a slap shot from the blue line that was stopped by Jonas Hiller. But the Swiss goaltender was unable to control the rebound, allowing Burish to bury the puck from the doorstep at 3:07 of the first period.

Anaheim forged a tie during a power play with 7:07 remaining in the session. Blue-liner Chris Pronger fired a rising slap shot from the right point that was deflected past Khabibulin by Ryan for his 17th goal of the season.

It marked the seventh consecutive game in which the Ducks have netted a man-advantage tally and also extended Ryan's goal-scoring streak to five contests, a franchise record for a rookie.

Last season's Calder Trophy winner answered with a power-play goal of his own less than four minutes later. With Anaheim defenseman Steve Montador serving a questionable roughing penalty, Kane received a pass from Martin Havlat behind the net and walked out near the right goalpost before depositing the puck into the vacant side with 3:19 left for his 17th tally and a 2-1 edge.

"Havlat's such a great player, he found me there and the goalie was on the other side of the net, so I just took what I had and put it in the open net," Kane said.

Toews doubled Chicago's advantage at 3:13 of the second, one-timing a pass by defenseman Duncan Keith past Hiller from the left hash marks for his 14th goal.

"I just planned to put it on net, and as you see the goalie's style, you kind of see where the net is," Toews said. "It happened to go in, so I'm happy about it."

The goal halted a three-game pointless drought for the 20-year-old All-Star.

"You want to step up and score a big goal, but it's not going to happen every night, as much as you try," Toews said. "I just want to get better, and obviously my scoring and goals-per-game is just going to get better and better."

After going 40 games without a goal, Moen netted his second in as many nights to draw the Ducks within 3-2.

Skating down the left wing on a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush, Moen blasted the puck inside the right post from the left faceoff circle with 70 seconds to go in the middle period for his fourth of the season.

"I was too far back and couldn't pass, so I just put my head down and shot it," Moen said.

That was all Anaheim was able to get past Khabibulin, however, as the 36-year-old Russian turned aside all 11 shots he faced in the third to preserve the victory.

"He was outstanding," Quenneville said. "Khabibulin was solid all game. ... He was big and he was quick and took away a lot of their plays. He had good rebound control on a lot of their point shots. ... He stood his ground all night and did a great job."

"Khabibulin played great for us," Kane added. "He's a great goaltender, as you can see by some of the big saves he had tonight."

Making his second straight start in place of All-Star Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Hiller stopped 24 shots.

Anaheim All-Star Ryan Getzlaf was kept off the scoresheet after recording two assists in Tuesday's 7-3 win at Phoenix.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 2 1 0 3
    ANAHEIM 1 1 0 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - ADAM BURISH 3 (BRIAN CAMPBELL, COLIN FRASER) 3:07
    ANA - (PP) BOBBY RYAN 17 (CHRIS PRONGER, SCOTT NIEDERMAYER)
    12:53
    CHI - (PP) PATRICK KANE 17 (MARTIN HAVLAT, DAVE BOLLAND)
    16:51
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 2 1 3
    ANAHEIM 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - ADAM BURISH 3 (BRIAN CAMPBELL, COLIN FRASER) 3:07
    ANA - (PP) BOBBY RYAN 17 (CHRIS PRONGER, SCOTT NIEDERMAYER)
    12:53
    CHI - (PP) PATRICK KANE 17 (MARTIN HAVLAT, DAVE BOLLAND)
    16:51
    2ND PRD: CHI - JO

    Jan 28 11:42 PM


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    CHICAGO 3
    ANAHEIM 2
    2ND PRD: ANA - (SH) TRAVIS MOEN 4 (DREW MILLER, SCOTT NIEDERMAYER)
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    Blackhawks 3, Ducks 2  2nd - 1:10Jan 28 11:40 PM


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    CHICAGO 3
    ANAHEIM 1
    2ND PRD: CHI - JONATHAN TOEWS 14 (DUNCAN KEITH, PATRICK SHARP) 3:13

    Blackhawks 3, Ducks 1  2nd - 16:47Jan 28 11:14 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 2 2
    ANAHEIM 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - ADAM BURISH 3 (BRIAN CAMPBELL, COLIN FRASER) 3:07
    ANA - (PP) CHRIS PRONGER 9 (SCOTT NIEDERMAYER, BOBBY RYAN)
    12:53
    CHI - (PP) PATRICK KANE 17 (MARTIN HAVLAT, DAVE BOLLAND)
    16:51
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    CHICAGO 2
    ANAHEIM 1
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) PATRICK KANE 17 (MARTIN HAVLAT, DAVE BOLLAND)
    16:51

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    CHICAGO 1
    ANAHEIM 1
    1ST PRD: ANA - (PP) CHRIS PRONGER 9 (SCOTT NIEDERMAYER, BOBBY RYAN)
    12:53

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    CHICAGO 1
    ANAHEIM 0
    1ST PRD: CHI - ADAM BURISH 3 (BRIAN CAMPBELL, COLIN FRASER) 3:07

    Blackhawks 1, Ducks 0  1st - 16:53Jan 28 10:14 PM
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