Michal Handzus pounced on a rebound and fired it for a game-winner to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Friday night at the United Center.
Due to the NHL lockout last season, the Hawks and Islanders did not meet in 2013 and Friday’s game was the first between the teams since Dec. 8, 2011.
Oct 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Joakim Nordstrom (42) and New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) battle for the puck during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Joakim Nordstrom (1G, 0A) had his first career goal while Jonathan Toews (2G, 2A) and Handzus (1G, 1A) also scored for the Hawks. The Islanders had goals by Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey.
Nordstrom’s goal came off a feed from Swedish country men Niklas Hjalmarsson (0G, 4A) to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead over the Islanders with 10:28 left in the first.
Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith (0G, 3A) sent a long drive, bounced away, and the Hawks captain scored to push it to a 2-0 lead.
The two Islanders’ goals came in the final minute of the second. Bailey scored on a delayed Toews’ penalty and Okposo sent a backhand shot pass Khabibulin with five seconds left to tie it 2-2.
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 17 shots in his first win in four years for the Hawks and Kevin Poulin took the loss.
The Hawks return to the ice Saturday night to host the Buffalo Sabres at 7:00 p.m. CT (NHLN-US, WGN/WGN 720).
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Topics: Chicago Blackhawks, Joakim Nordstrom, Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus, NHL