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Blackhawks 6, Sabres 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)

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Blackhawks 6, Sabres 2
Buffalo Sabres 2, Chicago Blackhawks 6
Three Stars of the Game
Jimmy Hayes
1st
Jimmy Hayes
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 9:41
Duncan Keith
2nd
Duncan Keith
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 25:51
Andrew Shaw
3rd
Andrew Shaw
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 20:01

THREE STARS OF THE NIGHT
Hayes
Keith
Shaw
CHICAGO – Jonathan Toews scored twice, and the Chicago Blackhawks broke a tie with four unanswered goals, to take down the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 before 21,114 fans at the United Center on Wednesday.

LISTEN TO LINDY RUFF’S POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE

The game was deadlocked at 2-2 after a power play goal by Jason Pominville early in the second period. But a turnover at the Chicago blueline by Ville Leino two minutes later led to a goal by Marian Hossa, and the Sabres were never able to regain their footing.

“We did a pretty good job battling back; we felt pretty good with our game. We made it 2-2, but it was kind of a tough turnover they ended up capitalizing on,” said Pominville. “After that, it seemed like it took a lot of energy out of us. They were playing better, playing with confidence. It was kind of the other way for us.”

CLICK TO HEAR POMINVILLE'S FULL AUDIO

Leino said it was a reactionary play, but one that he’d like to have back.

“Obviously I would try to shoot it if I knew that was going to happen. But at the same time, sometimes you’ve gotta try to play on your instincts. You’ve gotta try to make plays out there. But it was a 6-2 game, so obviously it was a crucial moment to do that. And I wouldn’t do that again. But at the same time, I think we’ve gotta make plays too.”

CLICK TO HEAR LEINO'S FULL AUDIO

The Sabres are now 2-6-2 in their last 10 games, making them 19-22-5 on the season. The loss was also Buffalo’s third in row, and their 10th straight on the road. The Sabres haven’t won away from the First Niagara Center since December 3 in Nashville.

There’s no rest for the wicked though, as Buffalo’s seven-game road journey continues Thursday in Winnipeg. Game time is 8 p.m. They wrap up the first leg of this trip Saturday night in St. Louis.

FIRST PERIOD
Both teams traded chances after playing more than six minutes without a whistle. The line of Gaustad-Ellis-Kaleta had some great sustained pressure that almost resulted in a goal. Patrick Kaleta had the best opportunity but was turned away by Corey Crawford in tight. Jason Pominville opened the scoring at 9:30 when he uncorked a laser from the slot that beat Crawford on the far side. Jochen Hecht nearly put the Sabres up by a pair but his shorthanded breakaway attempt glanced off the post. Andrew Shaw tied it up at 12:58 with the three-foot tap in from the edge of the crease after Jhonas Enroth stopped Duncan Keith's point shot. Then at 15:41 with Mike Weber off for delay of game, Brent Seabrook's point shot hit the post and bounced right to Jonathan Toews standing all alone at right side of net.

SECOND PERIOD
The ice was tilted towards the Chicago zone at the start of the second as Buffalo was able to generate several good several chances. Pominville evened the score at 2-2 with his second of the night - and 17th of season - on a sneaky feed from Boyes in the slot at 3:38 on the power play. A giveaway by Ville Leino led to Marian Hossa’s goal that made it 3-2 at 5:36. And a bad line change cost the Sabres on Chicago’s fourth goal by Jimmy Hayes at 13:25. The Hawks appeared to make it 5-2 with 18.3 seconds left, but Marcus Kruger’s goal was waved off because of a hand pass. 

THIRD PERIOD
The Blackhawks piled on with two more goals to finish up the scoring. Dave Bolland made it 5-2 when he took a drop pass from Hayes and beats Enroth with a blast from the right faceoff dot at 4:11. Then with the Sabres down two men, Toews capped off the scoring with his second of the night at 6:48 when he fired a quick wrist shot from just inside the slot. Buffalo’s best scoring chance of the period came off the stick of Luke Adam, but he was denied by Crawford’s catching glove.

SABRES NOTES: Paul Gaustad left the game with an upper body injury in the second period and did not return. He was drilled from behind by Jamal Mayers, who was given a boarding call on the play. No update was given on Gaustad’s condition after the game … Robyn Regehr (upper body), Cody McCormick (healthy) and Joe Finley (healthy) were Buffalo’s scratches.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:30
BUF
Jason Pominville (16) ASST: Jochen Hecht (4)
1 - 0 BUF
12:58
CHI
Andrew Shaw (5) ASST: Duncan Keith (23), Steve Montador (8)
1 - 1 Tie
15:41
CHI
PPG - Jonathan Toews (25) ASST: Andrew Shaw (1), Brent Seabrook (13)
2 - 1 CHI
2nd Period
03:28
BUF
PPG - Jason Pominville (17) ASST: Brad Boyes (8), Tyler Myers (5)
2 - 2 Tie
05:36
CHI
Marian Hossa (18) ASST: Duncan Keith (24)
3 - 2 CHI
13:25
CHI
Jimmy Hayes (4) ASST: Andrew Brunette (10), Niklas Hjalmarsson (8)
4 - 2 CHI
3rd Period
04:11
CHI
Dave Bolland (14) ASST: Jimmy Hayes (3), Nick Leddy (21)
5 - 2 CHI
06:48
CHI
PPG - Jonathan Toews (26) ASST: Dave Bolland (11), Brent Seabrook (14)
6 - 2 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
10:54
BUF
Derek Roy  Hooking against  Patrick Kane
14:44
BUF
Mike Weber  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
2nd Period
02:32
CHI
Jimmy Hayes  Roughing against  Patrick Kaleta
09:12
CHI
Jamal Mayers  Boarding against  Paul Gaustad
15:13
CHI
Andrew Shaw  Hooking against  Tyler Myers
3rd Period
06:28
BUF
TJ Brennan  Holding the stick against  Jamal Mayers
06:39
BUF
Tyler Myers  Cross checking against  Andrew Shaw
12:04
CHI
Andrew Brunette  Hooking against  Ville Leino
goalie stats
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .829SH: 0 - 0
Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford
18-10-4
SA: 27TOI: 59:55
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .926SH: 1 - 1